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Popoola’s eventful 4 months as Vice-Chancellor of UNIOSUN, By Oyebamiji Adebowale Alabi

By News Express on 14/03/2017

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•UNIOSUN VC, Prof Labode Popoola.
•UNIOSUN VC, Prof Labode Popoola.

There’s no need to verbose a simple narrative that University of Osun (UNIOSUN) was experiencing a strong whirlwind before the emergence of Prof Labode Popoola as the vice-chancellor of the institution. When the erudite professor came on board, he was confronted with numerous operational deficiencies, which had snowballed to a hard stub militating against all efforts to maximise the university's capabilities.

Sitting on the chair of leadership well prepared, Popoola has re-jigged and repositioned the institution on a path to greatness, within his 120 days in office.

In four months, the new vice-chancellor has invested his experience in leadership and administration to reform UNIOSUN in a manner that will benefit the society and raise the reputation of the state university. His selfless and exemplary leadership style with integrity, and firmly playing by the rules, are some of the secrets gradually moving UNIOSUN towards the dream of its founding fathers.

His scorecard is very impressive, and this must not be ignored in fairness to him. Through self-discipline, persuasion, negotiations and prudence, he has been able to block financial leakages, which had previously led to high operational costs. Within four months, N15 million that would have gone down the drain was saved for the university.

 Popoola is gradually changing the psyche of the students, on the need to adhere to best academic practice on school fees payment and student registration. When he came on board four months ago, the university was being owed school fees to the tune of over N2 billion. This ugly development was already becoming an intractable problem, as students believed it was a right not to pay school fees. There were several cases of students owing fees of up to 11 semesters. Indeed, on 16th February, 2017, students protested against the payment of late registration penalty, a global practice which has been in existence since the inception of the school. Gladly, the crisis was resolved within few days. The messy development of students not wanting to pay tuition fees has gradually become a thing of the past. By dint of strong will and rare administrative tact, Prof Popoola succeeded in making the students realise the need to pay their fees as and when due. Over 80 per cent of the students have now registered as against less than 50 per cent in February.

Also, his unique administrative style, responsible and responsive leadership are also noticeable. His administrative tact was demonstrated in the manner he managed to calm the frayed nerves of students during their protest against the shooting of two of their colleagues on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  In a swift response to salvage the situation, he waded in to ensure that the two wounded students were given immediate and adequate medical attention. He mobilised the top echelon of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital to give the best care to save the lives of the victims. He even defied security advice and visited the students on their hospital beds. Part of his tactical approach was to immediately suspend academic activities with a view to dousing the escalating tension resulting from the unfortunate incident. This worked like a magic as normalcy returned to campuses when the university reopened a week after the incident. Now, students have direct access to the VC via telephone, e-mail, among others.

The VC is also facilitating partnerships between UNIOSUN and other institutions for mutual relations and benefits. In his relentless drive to improve the overall teaching and research standards in the university, in line with international best practice, Popoola took advantage of his international influence to secure partnership with the University of The Gambia and the Medical Research Council of The Gambia, by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on staff and student exchange and capacity building, among others. The MoU is expected to be concluded before the end of the first quarter of 2017.

In continuation of his strategic plan to constantly interact with the university community, Popoola led the university management on a tour of campuses, between Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th January, 2017. The tour which lasted three days gave the university management the opportunity to meet with all the royal fathers where the university campuses are located and to solicit for more support for the university. The tour also afforded the management team the opportunity of checking the current state of the on-going projects in different campuses of the university, existing infrastructure and meeting with all staff and students of UNIOSUN.

In demonstration of his mastery of the managerial intricacy of a multi-campus system, which characterises the university, the Prof recently secured council approval of the Directorate of Intercampus and Public Relations, which will be responsible for coordination of activities across campuses. The directorate is also designed to strengthen outreach and relationships across the spectrum of all stakeholders of the university. The directorate will work with the vice-chancellor, heads of colleges, staff, students and other stakeholders, to improve on service delivery.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 2nd March, 2017 the state university outclassed other participating universities to emerge first at the Inter-University Debate organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), as part of events marking the 80th birthday of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the grand opening of the OOPL. The theme of the debate was ‘Presidential Libraries will Reduce Leadership Deficit in Africa.’ This feat was a product of the vice-chancellor’s persistence for an intensive coaching of the debating team. According to  him, the winning team will now form the nucleus of UNIOSUN students intellectual and cultural outreach activities.

As part of his efforts to boost the university’s IT standard, Popoola recently acquired a Teleprompter, a modern IT device used for speech presentation. It is interesting to note that the university is the first and the only university to acquire this device in Nigeria.

One of the identified shortcomings of UNIOSUN is its non-residential nature. Since his assumption of office, Prof Popoola has embarked on an aggressive drive to make the university residential by building hostels on all campuses through private-public partnership initiative. This is beginning to yield desired results, as responses from the private sector have been very positive. Also, the process of rehabilitation of the abandoned hostel facility at Okuku has begun.

The administration has embarked on complete renovation of the administrative building on the main campus of the university, to give the campus a face-lift ahead of the sixth Convocation and 10th Foundation Day ceremonies scheduled for 23rd to 31st March, 2017.This is expected to be concluded by the 25th of March, 2017.

His desire to provide a smooth access road to UNIOSUN main campus is yielding good result, as funds have been raised through the Advancement Board to hasten the completion of the road, after the university took it over from the government.

 Also, In fulfillment of his commitment to improve the welfare of staff and students, his administration has commenced weekend healthcare services at Ifetedo, Osogbo, Ikire and Okuku campuses. The two other campuses will commence such services by the middle of March, latest.

To a large extent, Popoola has been able to bring sanity into the system, just as he is towing the path of academic culture in all his doings since he assumed duty as VC of the state university. From time to time, he reminds stakeholders of his vision to take UNIOSUN to a height where it will be: “First among equals, most preferred, making significant contributions to society; an efficiently run, self-reliant, sustainable institution and a force to reckon with among universities globally; a truly 21st century university before the end of his tenure.

Therefore, it won’t be out of place to congratulate Professor Popoola. Kudos sir! Your best is yet to come.

•Oyebamiji Adebowale Alabi is Coordinator of the Progressive E-Group.

Source News Express

Posted 14/03/2017 07:16:12 AM

 

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