The Alumni Association of Osun State University in a press release, has congratulated the Chancellor of Osun State University, Dr. Folorunso Alakija.
In a letter signed by the General Secretary of the Alumni Association, Basit Olokuta which was however made available to Olofofo Uniosun, the association described the first tenure of Dr Alakija as a tenure that reshaped the history of the University through several development projects that were sponsored by her.
The letter reads in part;
“On behalf of the Executives-elect of the above named association, led by our indefatigable president, Mr. Oladipupo Oriola, I write to felicitate with our dear mother and Chancellor, Apostle Mrs Folorunsho Alakija on the occasion of her reappointment as the Chancellor of Osun State University. The last five years of Mrs Alakija’s chancellorship were boisterous and inundated by myriad of development across the academic, infrastructural and socioeconomic landscapes of the school.
This has been made possible with her philanthropic gestures to the school within these few years. Alakija’s appointment has helped tremendously in reshaping the history of UNIOSUN, while helping the school attain some of its long term goals that hitherto appear impossible, at least, in the nearest future. A specific reference to this was her timely intervention in the tarring of the access road to the main campus of the university and the ongoing multibillion naira state-of-the-art Teaching Hospital singularly donated by her. The teaching Hospital will certainly, upon its completion, be second to none in Nigeria.
These are in addition to other unquantifiable interventions in matters bothering on UNIOSUN’S growth and development. No university in the history of Nigeria has ever benefitted from the benevolence of a private citizen, the same way UNIOSUN has been fortunate with Apostle Alakija. We appreciate the University Management and Council’s commitment to merit and excellence as manifested in the reappointment of Apostle Alakija. The council has, through this appointment, exhibited the fairest degree of justice and diligence, as Mrs Alakija’s reappointment can only be adjudged meritorious, without any form of prejudice.”
The Alumni Association further appreciated the governing council of Osun State University and the Governor of Osun State who doubles as the Visitor to the institution.
“Of course, nothing less is expected of a council led by a distinguished legal luminary, Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a highly respected elder statesman, Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali SAN, along other well-meaning Nigerians as members. We also extend our note of appreciation to the Executive Governor of the State of Osun and Visitor to our prestigious alma mater, His Excellency, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, for considering Mrs Alakija worthy of such reappointment.
The governor has left a lasting impression on UNIOSUN alumni for not allowing politics and partisanship to impair or negatively influence the choice of who becomes the Chancellor of our Alma Mata. We, therefore, pray Mr. Governor and the government of the State of Osun to intensify their commitments towards making Osun State University a World Class University. We thank the Management and staff of the university, led by our dynamic Vice Chancellor, Professor Labode Popoola, for their diligence and commitment towards enhancing the academic pedigree of our Alma Mata. May God Almighty bless Mrs Alakija with longevity, excellent health and prosperity. The Alumni Association looks forward to receiving more support from Apostle Alakija and other well-meaning personalities at home and abroad.”