OOU Alumnus Pledges N164m ICT Hub To Alma Mata - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

OOU Alumnus Pledges N164m ICT Hub To Alma Mata

Heritage Odih, Abeokuta

A Computer Scientist, Dr. Segun Oyebolu, has expressed an intention to donate an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre worth N164m to his Alma mata - Olabisi Onabanjo University ((OOU), Ago - Iwoye, Ogun State.

Oyebolu, who graduated from the institution in 1990, announced the envisaged ICT hub for the University during his courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde, on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom based ICT expert disclosed that the construction work for the Centre would commence on October this year and is expected to be completed not later than 2022.

The OOU Alumnus told  reporters that he was appalled by the level of stunted infrastructural growth and development at his Alma mata, lamenting that even some of the infrastructure on ground were undergoing obvious decay and a far cry from what they used to be as of the time he left the institution 28 years ago.

Oyebolu explained that the need to give back to his alma mata was anchored on personal conviction that the government should not be left to shoulder the entire responsibility of addressing the needs of the state - owned university unassisted.

He identified infrastructural decay and lack of adequate learning tools as parts of the challenges facing the educational sector in the country.

He also lamented that over the years, Nigerian universities have had to contend with dwindling budgets when compared to student enrolments, while budgetary allocations have also routinely falls short of the reference Standard 26% of the annual budget as recommended by the UNESCO.

According to him, he had initially budgeted N100 million for the ICT hub to be named Segun Oyebolu Technology Incubation Centre but the prevailing economic down turn brought about by the COVID -19 pandemic,  forced an  upward of review of it to N164 million.

He expressed the optimism that the hub would serve as the best breeding ground for the entire country when completed.

"If we cannot give back, survival of our cherished institutions will be at risk, our humanity will be devalued, we will starve our society of the much - desired growth and deny our future generations the enablement to quickly surpass our own accomplishments. reasoned.

"It is my hope that this new endowment will enable the University to attract the very best scholars, both from Nigeria and overseas. I know through my own experience, the transformative difference that the OOU can bring to a person’s life. 

"Hopefully through this gift, I can give exceptionally talented people the opportunity for a period of intense and creative research and study," he said.

Oyebolu also lauded efforts of the institution's management towards repositioning it despite daunting odds in order to measure up as one of the best in African continent,  promising to ensure that the ICT hub was self sustaining and adequately maintained.

In his remarks, the university Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olatunde commended him for deeming it fit to spare a thought for his alma mata, describing his gesture as  "novel, instructive and a giant leap." 

He said the Centre when actualised could spur other alumni to support the development of the university.

Olatunde said that the ICT Centre remained the largest pledge from any alumnus of the university, stressing that when put in place, it would be fitted with computers, internet among other things and would readily accommodate about 200 students.

The Vice Chancellor expressed the optimism that the project when completed would rub on the culture of excellence in academic pursuits the university is noted for especially in the area of ICT.

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