The Vice-Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Professor Ganiyu Olatunji Olatunde was full of praise for members of staff, Governing Council and the State Government for the various commendable roles they all played during the last accreditation exercise by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to the University.
An elated Professor Ganiyu Olatunde disclosed that of the 72 academic programmes of the University so far visited by the NUC, 70 have FULL Accreditation status while Anatomy and Architecture programmes have interim and denied status, respectively.
Last October, the NUC team was in the University for the Accreditation Exercise of Transport Management, Physiology, Fine and Applied Arts and Applied Zoology.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University obtained FULL Accreditation for the four programmes presented.
Expressing his gratitude, Professor Ganiyu Olatunde said, “I must congratulate and appreciate all members of staff, the Governing Council and the State Government for the support that made this possible”.
The Vice-Chancellor further disclosed that the University has now moved from its hitherto 76% FULL accreditation status which the present administration met on ground in 2017 to 97.2%. This feat “is arguably one of the best in the Nigerian University System,” noted the Vice-Chancellor. He, however admitted that without “the support of all staff, the University Governing Council, and indeed, the State Government, ably led by His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, OFR, the success story of the accreditation results would not have been possible.
He, therefore, urged all the stakeholders to sustain the current supportive momentum for the upcoming accreditation of 44 academic programmes slated for November this year. The Vice Chancellor assured members of the University Community that with their “CAN DO – spirit, and the anticipated release of funds and goodwill of the State Government,” the University shall also record another successful outcome.
Explaining the reasons behind the deficiencies identified in the accreditation status of Anatomy and Architecture, Professor Ganiyu Olatunde said it was largely due to inadequacy in space. However, he was quick to allay the stakeholders’ fear that the deficiencies are currently being addressed by the on-going construction of Departmental Building for the Anatomy and Morbid Anatomy Department in Sagamu Campus and the construction of six modern studios for the Architecture programme at the Ibogun Campus.
The Vice-Chancellor promised that all the projects would be completed before the next accreditation exercise in November 2020. He, therefore, called on all hands to be on deck.