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NAHCO chairman donates library building to varsity

Seinde Oladapo Fadeni, the chairman, Board of Directors of Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc, has donated a multi-million-naira library block to the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji – Arakeji, Osun State.

The three-storey structure, the biggest on campus, will cater for the library needs of all departments in the school.

Speaking at the hand-over of keys of the Library to the President, CAC Nigeria & Overseas, Pastor Samuel Oladele, during the weekend, Fadeni said it is important that students be assisted to learn especially with the high level of distractions in the modern world.

He stated, “The students don’t want to read anymore; and you can’t really blame them. In someone’s phone alone, you can find about ten social media apps. The world is becoming something else. But those who are ready to read, who are ready to study and to focus, we should assist them in achieving what they want to achieve.”

The NAHCO Chairman further promised to make the library conducive and equipped as a modern learning facility for all cadres of students from undergraduate to doctorate levels.

Olasebikan Alade Fakolujo, the Vice Chancellor of the University, extolled the virtues of the NAHCO Chairman pointing out that such acts of kindness and generosity that Fadeni exhibited exemplify his commitment to education and societal progress.

The VC said, “Today, we have this magnificent edifice, which stands out of all the structures on campus and compares favourably with some of the best library buildings in the first – generation universities in Nigeria, as fulfilment of the promise made by the donor.

The Seinde Oladapo Fadeni Library is a multi-million naira three-storey building which at this particular time is praiseworthy. The gesture is dear to us as a university community.”

Fakolujo pointed out that there was no iota of doubt that one of the critical challenges facing Nigeria today is the lack of modern library facilities that support development and strengthen the country’s university education system.

He noted that by investing in a library for Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Fadeni is indirectly also contributing to the strengthening of not only the country’s university system, but also the very bedrock of nation building.

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