ABEOKUTA – A university lecturer, Professor Kayode Oyesiku has renewed the call for increased funding and resource allocation to enhance infrastructure and educational quality.
Professor Oyesiku who is the Pioneer Vice Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) made the call during a valedictory programme organized in honour of retired former rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta, Arc. Tokunbo Fowode held at the OGD auditorium of the institution.
Oyesiku, in a paper entitled “Sustainable Leadership in the Tertiary Institutions and the future of Nigerian Development” said investment in critical infrastructure would facilitate economic activities and enhanced living standards.
Professor Oyesiku noted that Sustainable leadership in tertiary institutions was not just a local imperative; but a fundamental building block for a sustainable and prosperous future for Nigeria as a whole.
His words, “By embracing ethical governance, fostering innovation, engaging with communities, promoting environmental stewardship, and providing holistic education, these will pave the way for a generation of leaders who are not only academically proficient but also socially conscious and resilient in the face of challenges.
“Prioritizing sustainable leadership in tertiary education, we lay the groundwork for a brighter, more equitable, and prosperous future for Nigeria” he said.
Professor Oyesiku pointed out that the future of Nigerian development hinged on ability to cultivate sustainable leadership within tertiary institutions said there was the need to foster a culture of innovation and research to address the evolving needs of industries and society.
He described the retired rector of the institution, Mr Tokunbo Fowode as exemplary leader who had made a mark in the institution with establishment of the Academic Planning Directorate, Introduction of 2-year Part-time programme which replaced the old 3-year programme among other things.
Also, the Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu described retired rector and lecturer as a stalwart academia whose dedication and commitment remained indelible.
Professor Arigbabu used the occasion to reassure the workers of the institution of government readiness to address their needs.
Earlier, the Rector of the institution, Dr. Adeoye Odedeji had said that the glorious contributions of the retired rector and lecturer would forever remained indelible in the history of MAPOLY.
In a remark, the Deputy Rector who is the chairman planning committee, Dr Yetunde Lanre-Iyanda said the former rector was a visionary leader who dedicated his time for the advancement of education and the betterment of the academic community.
Friends, families and professionals colleagues also eulogized the immense contributions of the retired rector who they described as an icon, father, administrator and philanthropist per excellent