The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bandele
Oyewole has charged the new Executive of the
Student Union to seize the advantage of being
called to lead, as an ample opportunity to groom
themselves for the leadership of the country in
Professor Oyewole gave the charge at the
Swearing-In Ceremony of FUNAAB new Exco,
held at Julius Amioba Okojie Lecture Theatre 3.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor
told the new leaders to see leadership as a
responsibility, which can only be achieved
through purposeful vision and determination to
succeed against all odds. He stressed that, “I am
therefore looking forward to this Executive to
bring in true leadership, that is truly committed
to moving fellow students and other young
people forward”. The Vice-Chancellor tasked
them “to believe and know that people will be
looking at you.
They want to see how you behave and what
you do”. He warned that “gone are the days
when our young leaders were used as thugs for
political parties. Gone are those days when our
young people were lured into cultism and other
vices that destroyed our society”.
Professor Oyewole observed that “there is a
trend that I have seen in student Unionism and
which I want us to guide against. I have seen a
trend in the past where immediately you become
the President, Speaker or any executive of the
Student Union, you will not be attending
lectures”. Please let this leadership not be like
Let this leadership be committed to academic
work. I will not allow Unionism to interfere
with your studies because first and foremost,
the reason why you are here is to study”, he
added. Professor Oyewole, however, expressed
joy “that based on my interaction with some of
you (student exco), within me, I feel that the
future of the country is great” “Also, listening to
the speech of the new President this afternoon, I
feel within me that I am listening to the future
Obama of this country.
I’m quite happy that he has made a commitment
to a new spirit of student Unionism”, he added.
He called on the entire students to give their
new leaders necessary support and
cooperation, in order to succeed in office.
The Vice-Chancellor assured the new leaders
“that this Administration will give you all
necessary support for you to achieve your
vision and your goal”.
He stressed that, “it is because of this that we
have planned a special Leadership retreats for
all the Student Union Leaders of the University,
shortly after this swearing-in ceremony.”
Earlier in his Inauguration Speech, the new
President of FUNAABSU, Mr. Adesipo, Tope
Abiodun promised that “this leadership shall
strive to employ the service of our good moral,
social and political judgment to remove the rot
and rust of excesses and arbitraries, so that
neither right nor power shall be abused or
basterdised beyond tolerance”.
Immediately after the Swearing-In Ceremony,
the Vice-Chancellor, accompanied by the
Registrar, Mr. Mathew Ayoola (JP); the Dean of
Students Affairs, Prof. Olufemi Onifade; the
Deputy Dean, Students Affairs; Director, Vice-
Chancellor’s Office, Mrs. Christiana Kuforiji, led
the student exco on inspection tour of the
renovated Student Union Building.
The Vice-Chancellor directed that FUNAABSU
Secretariat therein be furnished for the comfort
of the users.