By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) University of Ibadan, Professor Abideen Adeyinka Aderinto on Wednesday said the Hijab crisis that rocked the International School University of Ibadan was the most challenging period of his tenure.
Professor Aderinto who was the Chairman Board of Governors of the International School University of Ibadan where some Muslim parents moved to violate the school’s dressing code by asking their girl-children to wear Hijab to school. bowed out after finishing his two-year term of office stated this at the reception held in his honour by the Department of Sociology of the University.
He stressed that during the Hijab crisis at the University of Ibadan International pressures were mounting on him from both within and outside the university system but that he insisted that existing laws must be obeyed irrespective of your religious, social and educational affiliations.
Professor Aderinto emphasized that the International School remains center of excellence winning international awards owing to the commitment of those at the helms of affairs, saying, “with the support of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka and in line with his agenda for the university, we have achieved in virtually every area with the available meagre resources available to the university. “
“I know the Vice Chancellor will continue to achieve greater feats before he leaves office. I have discharged my duties as assigned with diligence, integrity and I thank God that I finished in good health. I grew up in UI and University of Ibadan is all I know. I will continue to contribute my quota to its development and greatness” he said.
In his welcome address the Head Department of Sociology, Professor Ifeanyi Onyeonoru described the achievements of Professor Aderinto in office as great feats admonishing office holders to show excellence in the discharge of their duties.
Professor Onyeonoru that service to humanity and societal development rather than selfish aggrandizement should guide those holding key positions in society so they will have a good return to their home when they leave office.