Activities for my last day in Office as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan - Idowu Olayinka

Activities for my last day in Office as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan


 "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things"... Albert Einstein

Everything that has a beginning must surely have an end. Monday, 30 November 2020, was my last day in office as the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, a position I assumed exactly five years earlier. 

For the five years that I was in the saddle I was absent from work  only for one day on account of ill-health, due to stress after a very long intercontinental flight. We thank God for protection. Where I come from, the refrain is that hard work does not kill while indolence is treated with disdain.

We were prepared to work till this last day in office, the human-made challenges notwithstanding.

A. A Moment of Thanksgiving and Reflection at Ayo Banjo Manor by friends and mentees by 7:00 am.

B. WATER TREATMENT PLANT by 8.00 am
CAPITAL PROJECT – LAYING OF NEW RISING MAIN-355MM OUTSIDE DIAMETER HDPE, FITTINGS, VALVES AND ACCESSORIES

Contractor - Messrs Folak Nig. Limited
Contract sum - #107,003,989.00
Commencement Date - June, 2018
Contract Duration - 24 weeks
The pipe length from Water Treatment Plant to Amina Booster station is 2.4 km

C. IGR PROJECT - REPLACEMENT OF OLD AND FAULTY WATER AND CHEMICAL DOSING PUMPS

Contractor - Tadam Engineering Service Limited
Contract Sum - #55, 314,998.78
Commencement date – December, 2019
Contract Duration – 4 weeks
Supplied Pumps
1. Transfer Pump – 2nos
2. Chemical dosing pump – 3nos
3. High Lift Pump (75KW) – 2nos

D. Report on the construction of the Faculty of Arts Building extension 2015/2016 (merged TETFund intervention project
Phase1

Contractor - MNM Construction & Engineering Services Limited
Contract Sum - #170,637,747.00
Commencement date – October, 2018
Contract Duration - 36 weeks
Phase2
Contractor - UYK Nigeria Ltd
Contract Sum - #236,229,588.00
Commencement date - October, 2018
Contract Duration - 36 weeks

OTHER FEATURES OF PROJECT

1. Lecture rooms – 4nos
2. Seminar room - 1no
3.  Lecturer rooms (end suite) – 4no
4. Lecturer rooms - 49nos
5. Toilets - 70nos
6. Lift (1000kg) 13passengers
7. Generator (500KVA) - 1no
8. Transformer (500KVA, 11/0.415KV) – 1no

E. Report on the construction of Postgraduate School International House (Needs Assessment Project)

Contractor - Messrs Dutum Company Ltd
Contract Sum - #1,302,709,092.32
Commencement date – January, 2017
Contract Duration - 44 weeks
Single Bed
1.  Rooms - 96 nos (32 per floor)
2. Suites with private sitting room - 12nos
3. Solar Inverter - 60KVA
Double Bed
1. Rooms - 144 nos (48 per floor)
2. Solar Inverter - 60KVA

Other Features
1. CCTV in all corridors and verandas
2. Air conditioners in all rooms
3. Internet and Intercom
4. Electric meter in each room
5. Restaurants and common rooms
6. Transformer (1000KVA) – 1no
7. Generator (500KVA) - 2nos
8. Overhead water tank – 21,000 litres
9. Ground water tanks - 60,000 litres
10.  Car park with road network
11. Construction of wall fence with gate house

F. Unveiling the Commemorative plaque for renaming of the CBN Lecture Theatre in the Faculty of Science after Chief J. Oladele Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Chief Sanusi was represented at the brief ceremony by his son, Dr Sanusi, a notable  Surgeon, and a 1990 graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan; he is currently a senior academic at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State.

This was supposed to be my last official assignment, which ended at about 12 noon. 

It was Albert Einstein who said, "If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things". I have always tried to be result-oriented. My goal as the Vice-Chancellor was simply to leave the University of Ibadan much better than I met it. In this I am fulfilled. Mission accomplished. Nothing to add.

Nonetheless, I was granted the indulgence by the Council to submit my hand over note to the newly elected Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola, at about 4:00 pm at the International Conference Centre. There is no success without a successor. I was very relieved that there would not be a vacuum after all. We should rally round the new helmsman. Knowing his pedigree, I have no doubt he will take my alma mata to a yet unprecedented level.

It has been a privilege to serve in this capacity.

To God ALONE be all the glory, honour and adoration.

Idowu Olayinka 
Saturday, 5th December 2020

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