FUNAAB VC promises to complete projects as tenure ends 2022

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.The VC after the interview

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Prof. Kolawole Salako,  has expressed the commitment of the institution’s management to complete ongoing projects before he leaves office in 2022.

He made the promise on Monday while featuring on a special edition of FUNAAB Radio 89.5FM live interactive programme, Boiling Point, to commemorate his 4th year anniversary as Vice-Chancellor, monitored by our correspondent.

He said, “I will continue to do my work without compromising excellence within the remaining one year and try as much as possible to complete projects that have not been completed and leave the rest to God.

“All my achievements, which are obvious to everyone and can be investigated, are dear to me and it will leave enduring legacies in the minds of the people and students.”

The VC hinted that the journey so far has been a mixed bag of ‘ups and downs’ but he had remained focused on achieving the 12-point agenda he had set when he took over as the Sixth substantive VC of FUNAAB.

Prof. Salako said “Achieving anything at all is a challenge. There are detractors, but you do not allow that to form stumbling blocks from attaining your goal.

“My journey so far has been smooth and rough, no matter how you are in life, do not ever think you will not face challenges, but rather know how to manage the situations and move on.

“I did not coin my vision and mission flippantly, it is a reflection of my personality and belief and they are hundred percent on course and after being Vice-Chancellor, those shall be the kind of vision and mission I will have.”

Prof. Salako who said he was committed to students and staff welfare, further explained that the university would soon have uninterrupted potable water supply as the university dam being constructed by his administration was nearing completion.

While he noted that the institution has erudite scholars, stating no fewer than 30 among them had attracted grants for research projects which would enhance development of the society.

Talking about tackling food insecurity looming due to insecurity, Prof. Salako tasked the government to provide security in order to eliminate fear and anxiety which had made many farmers to flee their farmlands, given the incidence of kidnapping and banditry.

The don noted that insecurity was the only thing scaring everybody away from farming, adding that government must provide enabling environment for people to have minimum comfort.

Speaking on the state of education in the country, the VC called on all Nigerians not to look at education alone but the country as a whole, and proffer workable solutions to solving societal ills.

He called on the government, parents, teachers and religious bodies to address the challenges collectively, saying there is no sector in the country that is not at fault.

“Fixing the education sector is the responsibility of everybody, ” he said.

As part of activities marking the Prof. Salako’s 4th year in office, the VC commissioned some projects on the campus which are the modern X-ray facility at the Health centre, modern equipment at the institution’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and declared open the Staff Club located within the premises of FUNAAB Zoological Park.

 

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