Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Professor Timothy Adebayo, has promised to continue development at the Osoogun Campus of the University. He made the promise yesterday when he visited that Campus and met with some leaders of the Community, where Samuel Ajayi Crowther was born.
He told the Baale of the Osoogun Community, Chief Adebisi Olalere, and some members of the Community who were on hand to receive him and his entourage, that he would not abandon the Campus. He promised to continue work on the Campus in pursuit of the vision to have a Campus of the University named after Ajayi Crowther to be located in the late famous Evangelist’s home town. He recalled the exploits of Ajayi Crowther in spreading the gospel to various parts of Nigeria, and his historical significance in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), stating that such a historical icon should be properly immortalized.
“We will continue to develop the Campus of our University on your land to the best of our ability. I have come to pay you a courtesy visit, to see the Campus, and to tell you that I have assumed office as Vice-Chancellor. I will not abandon that project “The Vice-Chancellor Said.
Earlier, the Baale, Chief Adebisi Olalere, had thanked the Vice-Chancellor for visiting the Community and appealed to him to continue developing the Campus of Ajayi Crowther University located in the town. He expressed happiness that Professor Adebayo deemed it fit to visit the Community, an indication that he intends to continue from where his predecessor stopped on the project. Dr. Shola Ojenike, a prominent member of the community, was also on hand to welcome the Vice-Chancellor.
The Vice-Chancellor visited the Campus immediately after meeting the Baale and some Members of the Community. At the Campus, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jacob Adeniyi, Registrar Mrs. Adenike Fatogun, and Bursar, Pastor Samson Olojede who accompanied him to the place, brought him up to speed on the project. The Vice-Chancellor frowned at the slow pace of work there, stating that he was not happy that doors that were already on site had not been fixed and the ceiling had not been fixed.
He was told that the supervising Engineer, who was also Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, had finished his Sabbatical and returned to the University of Ibadan.
The Registrar, however, stated that someone else had taken charge of the work. The Vice-Chancellor said he would find out more about the project and ensure that it continued, depending on the availability of funds. After visiting the Campus he went to the tourist site of the tree where Ajayi Crowther was tied when he was captured over 143 years ago. He also visited Ajayi Crowther’s mother’s house, where the young Crowther was said to have been captured by slave traders. The Vice-Chancellor also visited the clinic in Osoogun which was renovated by Ajayi Crowther University.
It will be recalled that businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Amoo, had made a donation of N20 million to the University, which aided the construction of buildings on the Campus.