UI VC to students: Put on your ID cards “to prevent the incursion of interlopers on campus”

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By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
As University of Ibadan reopened for academic activities Monday, June 20, the Institution’s Vice Chancellor Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka has advised all students of the institution to be putting on their identity cards “to prevent the incursion of terrorists and interlopers on campus”.
Professor Olayinka gave this advice in his message to welcome the students back to the campus from the vacation arising from the about six weeks forceful closure of the University as a result of protests by the students.
“Security is also another key issue particularly because of the menace of terrorism and the prevailing national situation.  You would be expected to put on your identity cards to prevent the incursion of terrorists and interlopers on campus,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor pointed out that the current administration in the University “respects the right of students  to protest and has no policy that enforces a culture of silence,” adding, “as students of the first and the best university in the country, our ultimate goal is to raise world class scholars, professionals and executives who are to thrive on dialogue, administrative processes and procedures instead of violent protests which usually leads to danger for the innocent among the students”.
Professor Olayinka stressed that the university calendar has been adjusted to accommodate the disruption, saying, “it is my utmost desire that you settle in speedily to make the most of the rest of the semester”.
He assured the students of the Institution’s authorities “goodwill and genuine commitment” to their well-being, saying, “members of the University community are aware, and I will like to reiterate, that I am available, reachable and accessible to everyone, especially the students”.
“Irrespective of diverse opinions, some of which are obviously tainted, I like to see myself as your father, friend and mentor, all in a bid to ensure that you excel in your various fields of study. I welcome you back to the rest of the semester which has been interrupted but which with some deliberateness can still be engaged to yield the best in spite of its limitations”.
Speaking further, he declared that part of his vision for the students “is to extend the frontiers of knowledge and create best practice in exposure for leadership training and professional development,” and that “all of these are being put in place by the University Management and I am certain that everyone can find a place within the scheme”.

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