Five members of 1990 Agronomy graduating set of the University of Ibadan (UI) have jointly lifted their alma mater with a provision of solar power as part of their strategic contributions towards overcoming incessant power outage on campus.
The five alumni, including Ms Hadrat Hammed Azeez , Wale Oyedeji, Olu Odugbemi, Adenike Odunela Ajetunmobi and Wale Adebowale Oyedeji contributed the sum of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000.00) to provide solar energy in the Office of the Media Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, Mr Sunday Saanu.
Saanu had solicited help for the provision of the facility, having been hamstrung by the irregularity of electricity in his office.
Saanu had approached Ms Hadrat Hammed Azeez for assistance regarding availability of electricity in his office, lamenting that he was being slowed down in his work by lack of some facilities including regular electricity supply.
Ms Azeez who has been an enthusiastic promoter and supporter of her University immediately promised to get in touch with some members of her 1990 graduating set to make available the cost of the solar energy as part of their own contributions to the betterment of the UI.
The money has since been provided while the installation was on-going as at the time of writing this report.
Thanking the donors, the UI Vice Chancellor, Idowu Olayinka in a letter he personally signed expressed delight at the gesture of the five alumni, describing it as a welcome development.
According to Olayinka who is a geology professor at the institution, “Mr Saanu has informed me that five of you, Hadrat Hammed Azeez , Wale Oyedeji, Olu Odugbemi, Adenike Odunela Ajetunmobi and Wale Adebowale Oyedeji contributed the money for the installation of solar energy in his office. I sincerely thank all of you for your kind gestures.”
The UI boss stated that “power outage is one of the major problems confronting the University”, adding that the “Management is exploring so many options including installation of solar power in some areas”.
In his words, “for instance, some of the halls of residence, particularly female hostels have been provided with solar energy. We would have loved to do more across the campus, but being incapacitated by the limited financial resources.”
“It is against this background that I heartily welcome your contributions towards addressing the problem. I thank you for your prompt response to Saanu’s request for what you have done for his office will go a long way to positively impact the University in general. You have also, by this gesture, challenged other alumni across the globe, to look back to the University that made them, with a view to giving back.”