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Bamire resumes as OAU 12th VC

…pledges to build on the achievements of his predecessor

PROFESSOR Simeon Bamire, was on Tuesday, inaugurated as the 12th substantive Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The new VC, a Professor of Agricultural Economics, took over from Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, who had completed a five-year tenure.

In his acceptance speech, he promised to build on the achievements of his predecessor. He appealed to the stakeholders of the institution, especially the unions to cooperate with him to further grow the institution.

Bamire also promised to bring on board more philanthropists, private sector operators, and governmental agencies to further develop the university.

He said, “There are so many things my predecessor has done, but there is always a room for improvement and incidentally, the rooms are so large this time around because of the inadequacy of funds, but by God’s grace, we are going to enhance our internally generated revenue in such a way that we will support government’s funding opportunities.

“We have land resources here and we will be able to make use of the land resources to enhance and promote a lot of things aside from generating income. It will be a knowledge base for our students.”

“I am a man of peace and I find it very difficult to move ahead if there is disunity anywhere. That is why I’m appealing to our Unions that are not in good shape to come together so that we will be able to work as one because a house divided against itself cannot stand,” he added.

Naija Times earlier reported that elders of Ile-Ife, the host community of the citadel of learning on Monday, June 6, confirmed the suspension of a planned protest against the inauguration of Bamire as the 12th substantive VC of the institution.

Some youths in the community under the auspices of Ife Youths Organization had in a release on Friday, June 3, threatened to resume the suspended protests staged against the appointment of Prof. Bamire as Vice Chancellor of the institution in March, this year.

It was gathered that the announcement of Bamire as the VC-elect had sparked off protest by some indigenes of the town, who alleged a foul play in the selection process against an indigene of the town Prof. Rufus Adedoyin.

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