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It is Time to SOW: Sixth Convocation and Tenth Foundation Anniversary Address


Autors: Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council Yusuf Ali

Sixth Convocation and Tenth Foundation Anniversary Address


By the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council Yusuf Ali, SAN on  6TH April, 2017



On behalf of the Governing Council of Osun State University, I heartily welcome you  all  to  this  epoch    making  ocassion,  marking  our  University’s  Tenth  (10th) anniversary and the Sixth (6th) Convocation Ceremonies. I wish to in a special way, welcome  the  Visitor  to  the  University,  Ogbeni  Rauf  Adesoji    Aregbesola,  the Governor of the State. In the same vein, I   warmly welcome Her Excellency, the Deputy Governor of the State and in a special way  our very dear Chancellor, Dr.

Folorunso Alakija.

I welcome and congratulate all our graduating students, their parents and guardians for  the  academic  attainment  of  today.  This  graduation  ceremony  climaxes  your educational  journey  and  pursuit  of  degrees  in  Osun  State  University  with  the decoration of garlands of honour.


In  the  same  vein,    permit  me  to      warmly  welcome  my  three  distinguished predecessors  in  the  office  of  chairman  of  council,Professors  Peter  Okebukola, Gabriel Olawoyin, SAN and Obafemi Ajibola, back to the Osun State University family. I am sure you will be curious and interested to know about the progress and development of your darling University.


After  the   inauguration   of  the  Governing  Council  of  the  University  in  August,

2016,  by  the  Governor  the  first  task  that  we  set  for  ourselves   was  to  set  up  a conciliation  and  mediation  committee  of  council  to  try  and  address   the  various polarizing issues that   arose from the needless skirmishes that almost brought the University to its knees. The committee also have the mandate to see to the out of

court  settlement  of  the  myriad  of  court  cases  that  were  filed  by  aggrieved gladiators   of   the   said   crises.   Thank   God,   we   have   recorded   appreciable progressOFOR  all  fronts  on  these  issue,  moving  forward.  The  selection  and appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the University was also a major hurdle that had been  cleared. Thankfully, through an open and transparent process, the  appointment  of  Professor  Labode  Popoola  as  the  new  Vice  Chancellor  was concluded on 04 November, 2016. Upon the approval of his appointment   by the Visitor,  he  assumed  duties  with  immediate  effect  on  05  November,  2016.  Our Council  is  also  committed  to  the    appointment  of  substantive  officers    to  the positions of Registrar and Bursar respectively.




Osun State where this University is situated is an agrarian state. The title of  this short address will resonate with our people , who are mostly farmers.


It is common knowledge that before a farmer can sow or plant he will first acquire the  land,  prepare  it,  hoe  and  harrow  and  generally  make  the  land  ready  for cultivation.  This analogy sits  well with this university in my view.


I take the view that the last 10 years of the existence of our  university was a period of acquisition of land, preparation of land, by hoeing and harrowing and it is now time to plant.


The logical question that will follow is what  do we do? We have to sow so that we will expect bumper harvest when the time comes.


In my humble view I summarized the things we need to sow as follows:


(i)     We need to sow exemplary and exceptional leadership that is,  positive, transparent, honest, progressive, dynamic and God-fearing to propel the impetus that will lead to change and progress.

(ii)     We must sow academic excellence and best international practices if we want  to  take  this  University  to  the next  level.  Mediocrity,  cronysim  , nepotism and favouritism must be shuned like a plaque.

(iii)    We must sow scholarship, learning and deep intellectual development. A university must not be a bastion of ignorance, tokenism and favouritism.

(iv)    We   have   to   sow   adherence   to   processes,   the   law   and   procedure. Impunity, quick fix and cutting corners distort the basis of excellence.

(v)      We must sow serious commitment to solid infrastructural development.

Though the hood does not make the monk, but there would be no monk without the hood.

(vi)    We  must  sow    commitment  to  science,  technology  and information technology. We cannot be global players by deploying out dated and out moded knowledge.

(vii)   We  must sow responsibility within the Council, the Management, Staff and Students. We must shun destructive and scoth earth   behavior in the pursuit of whatever we think is our right, we must exercise our leadership with responsibility.

(viii)  We must sow learning and character, for learning devoid of character is like a vehicle without an engine.

(ix)    We must sow commitment to worthy and noble causes, the best for the system and goodwill to all.

(x)      We   must   sow   truth,   courage,   loyalty,   steadfastness,   selflessness, uncommon integrity, and consistence.

(xi)    It is befitting at this juncture to quickly identify six indices that a world class university must  possess  in  order to be  so recognized. I  cannot  do better  than  to  quote  Luis  Maria  R.  Calingo,  who  set  out  three  of  the indices in the following words:


“Perhaps the most authoritative work on creating world-class universities is the  one  that  Dr.  Jamil  Samli  of  the  World  Bank  published  in  2009. According  to  Dr.  Samli,  a  world-class  university  has  three  distinguishing outcomes: first, highly sought graduates; second, leading-edge research; and third,  dynamic  knowledge  and  technology  transfer.  Dr.  Samli  attributed these  outcomes  to  three  complementary  sets  of  factors  at  play  in  these universities.The  first  factor  is  a  high  concentration  of  talent,  consisting  of faculty,  students,  researchers  and  internationalization.  The  second  factor requires  favorable  governance  features  that  encourage  leadership,  strategic vision,  innovation,  and  flexibility  and  that  enable  institutions  to  make decisions and manage resources without being encumbered by bureaucracy. The  third  factor  consists  of  abundant  resources  to  offer  a  rich  learning environment and to conduct advanced research, with these resources coming from  the  public  budget,  endowment  revenues,  tuition  fees  and  research grants.  According  to  Dr.  Samli,  it  is  the  dynamic  interaction  among  these three  factors  that  defines  world-class  universities.”Luis  Maria  R.  Calingo, Building a World Class University: Beyond The Numbers.


The above identified  indices were also complimented by three to encumbered even once  again  quote  another outstanding  academic, Michael  Shattock  who stated  as follows:


“This list is not sufficient and we should add three others: the age of the  institution,  its  physical  location  and  the  existence  of  an  external political   climate   that   gives   full   licence   to   free   expression   and academic  freedom.”  Michael  Shattock,  Policy  Reviews  in  Higher Education Volume 1, 2017 -Issue 1.



The Visitor SIR,   the Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, my Predecessors in office who  are  Honorees today, Management, Students, Granduands, the happy parents and  guardians    of  the  Granduands,  members  of  the  forth    Estate  of  the  realm, Ladies and Gentlemen, the   attainment of the above are the challenges facing all the stakeholders in the Osun State University project. If we expect bumper harvest during the time of harvest, it is incumbent to sow healthy and wholesome crops.

I thank you for your attention.

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