In its bid to enhance staff human capital development, University of Ibadan Senate approved the sum of N67million as research grants to facilitate participation at local and international conferences.
Isaac Folorunsho Adewole, the vice chancellor University of Ibadan, who disclosed this while delivering his midterm report to the university community, Trenchard Hall of the institution said his administration has invested in the improvement of teaching and learning through “establishment of Directorate of Quality Assurance, renovation of lecture theatres and construction of new ones and 24-hour library service to enable students study for their programmes” despite the daunting challenges.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, NAAT, and Students’ Union Government organised the forum to ensure accountability of public office holders and deepen democratic governance culture in the institution.
However, Adewole, a professor also said that the premier university has spent N48 million as scholarship for first class products of the institution.
The scholarship, he pointed out, would ensure that the best brains are given the opportunity to annex their potentials adding that the scholarship would engender a systemic regeneration of best scholars.
He disclosed that the institution benefited from federal government capital allocation of N1.3billion for the 2011 completion of Ajibode and improvement of energy supply to the Premier University. He further hinted that the University is finalising the implementation of Students’ Assessment of lecturers report to improve the quality of service delivery.
“We have engaged tutorial assistants costing N25million per session, fine tuned the admission process, purchased smart boards for all departments, establish UI Research Foundation and Centre for human Resource Development.”
In the area of security, Adewole said the institution has awarded contract for the purchase of CCTV while other security equipment have been procured with staff exposed to anti-terrorism training.
To ensure protection of student and staff, the VC said the university now has a gender and sexual harassment policy through which erring staff will be investigated and punished if found guilty of any allegation of harassment.
He listed the achievement of the administration to include: completion of networks of roads and bridges in Ajibode extension; purchase of five units of 40KV mobile generators; purchase and installation of two 2000KV Cummins power generators; installation of prepaid metres; solar street lights.