Towards a remarkable celebration of the 70th anniversary of the University of Ibadan, the management has set up a planning committee with membership drawn from within and outside the university community.
It has appointed two co-chairmen as leading planners for various activities lined up for the platinum jubilee.
The immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Emilolorun Ambrose Aiyelari has been named co-Chairman (Internal), while the National President of University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Dr Kemmy Emina will also function as co-Chairman (External).
The UI Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka disclosed this after the meeting of the committee on Wednesday.
He has also directed the Registrar, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi to provide the UI AT 70 Committee a befitting secretariat with all necessary resources to enable the Committee function effectively.
EduCeleb.com recalls that the university, which started as a college affiliated with the University of London in 1948 became a full-fledged university in 1962. It is widely described as Nigeria’s premier university based on this.
Various programmes, which include fund raising, anniversary lecture, life-time achievements award, Research and Development Fair, Musical Fair, Sport Competitions, Children Fanfare among others have been proposed already as parts of the celebration activities.
The Committee still expects ideas that can further add colour to the anniversary from interested stakeholders including staff and students of the university.
The Premier University is highly revered and tagged the first and the best Nigerian University. The Institution will be 70 years in November this year with many of its products making wave across the globe. In fact, there is no continent without UI products leading the way. The products of the University are its pride.
It is believed that forty Five percent of all Vice Chancellors in Nigeria are products of the University of Ibadan. The University expects its products to come back during the 70th anniversary for a flashback and with a view to assisting the institution that made them.