Oyo state appoints pioneer VC for Technical University

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[Oyo]–The Oyo State Government has appointed Prof.  Ayobami Salami as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the Technical University, Ibadan.

In an announcement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, the appointment is with immediate effect for a term of five years.

Until the latest appointment, Salami was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Director, Institute of Ecology and Environmental studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

The statement described the new vice chancellor as a widely travelled scholar and environmental consultant with previous teaching and research experience at the University of the Gambia, The Gambia.

He was also at the University of Dar es Sallam, Tanzania, and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the newly licensed tertiary institution is located in an industrial hub of the state’s Free Trade Zone designed to accommodate 175 manufacturing concerns.

The state-owned university, the statement said, would commence full academic activities in September, 2017.

“The university’s mission is to cultivate a cadre of technical professionals with requisite entrepreneurial skills capable of creating jobs and employment.

“The focus is to provide the training and learning environment that will produce exceptional graduates who are socially-conscious and technically-competent.

“This will be done by imparting sound theoretical knowledge and practical skills in various trades and disciplines to students,” the statement said.

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