The Chairman of Council, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, FUOYE, Ekiti State, Prof. Tunde Samuel, has commended the Federal Government and the Education Trust Fund, ETF, for infrastructural development in the institution.
He noted that he was impressed with the rate of development in the institution, called on the Federal Government to give greater autonomy to the institution for rapid development.
Prof. Samuel, made the remarks after inspecting all the university properties with other council members and the management of the institution including the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, added that, he would want to turn FUOYE to a first Class university, given them financial and moral autonomy to allow them to operate for better service delivery to the society.
The Council Chair, pointed out that he was satisfied with majority of the physical structures on ground in the institution but also warned contractors handling various jobs in the institution not to take the university for a ride, saying such action may led handling over the contractor to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, while speaking with newsmen said a lot has been done in terms of physical structures in the institution, but pointed out that more still need to be done for the growing population in the institution.
According to Prof. Soremekun, the physical structures on ground are landmark achievement which will stand the test of time in Oye-Ekiti, which is seven years old as a university.
The Vice Chancellor added that both council and management which includes persons of accomplished academicians are bringing their experience to bear so as to develop FUOYE as a first class university in Nigeria and across the globe.
In one of the facilities inspected, the 3-In-1 Science Laboratory which has been completed but yet to be handed over to the school by the contractor who locked it up, Council chairman who described the job as “a master piece”, called on the authority concerned to please facilitate payment to the contractor who has about N82 million balance on the project which cost about N164 million.
Prof. Tunde Samuel, calls for timely release of fund for some of the physical structures in the institution so that the school can move very fast in terms of all the physical structures already started in the institution to be able to meet the demands and the population that want FUOYE as their choice.
Among the facilities inspected in the institution includes the Central Library, ICT Building, 500 capacity Lecture Theatre, 3-In-1 Laboratories for Faculty of Science, Male Hostel, Makeshift Classroom, among others.