THE authorities of the Achievers University, Owo, have unfolded plans for the New Year, promising to embark on massive physical and academic development of the institution.
The institution?s Pro-Chancellor, Chief Olabode Ayorinde and the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Odebiyi, made this declaration during a welcome party and thanksgiving service organised to commence academic and administrative activities in 2009.
According to the principal officers, the institution will soon commence work on top priority projects, including the College of Natural and Applied Sciences Complex, the first phase of the University Library; the Sports Complex, Hall of Residence expected to accommodate 750 students, Senate Building; and part-fencing of the university?s permanent site.
?This year we are going to enhance our ICT Centre; we will begin the construction of staff quarters on owner-occupier basis; and we will continue to invest much more on academic and research facilities,? Ayorinde said.
He called on all members of staff to deploy their talents towards the realisation of vision and mission of the institution.
Ayorinde, who quoted copiously from the Holy Bible, admonished them to work hard so that the institution would become best university in Africa and one of the best in the world.
The pro-chancellor, who lauded the commitment of staff so far, solicited for their cooperation with the management so that the institution could reach its goals in the New Year.
He said that the university management would reward hard work, while indolence would not be tolerated.
Welcoming the new members of staff, which included the librarian, Mr. Emmanuel Dina, and the director, Centre for Extramural and Foundation Programmes, Dr. Johnson Ogundowole, Ayorinde urged them to put in their best, adding that it was by so doing that they too could become achievers in life.
The V-C charged the academic and non-academic staff to brace up for the challenges ahead as new students resume for the 2008/2009 session scheduled to commence on February 15.
?The road ahead would be tough and rough sometimes. However, God will be there for us,? he assured.
The director, Student Affairs of the institution, Mr. Samuel Oladimeji, who led the prayer session, admonished all workers to use their God-given talents in the discharge of their responsibilities. He reminded them that God, who gave them the talents, would ask them how they had been deployed.
?As you begin the year, be faithful, loyal and committed to work,? he said.
Friends of the university, including Senator Ayo Lawrence, attended the event.
Meanwhile, the six-week intensive programme being organised for the students, who had carry overs in some of their courses, will end on January 23.
A statement by the university stated that the students would re-write the examinations shortly afterwards.
Parents who attended the last Parents? Forum of the institution had advocated for the introduction of re-sit examination for the students, a demand that the university approved.