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OAU MANAGEMENT TEAM MEETS WITH BANKS’ BRANCH HEADS ... sets up Committee on banking area’s access road

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The University management team led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has met with the heads of the branches of banks operating on the University campus with a view to addressing the deplorable state of the access road to the banking area of the University estate.

Professor Ogunbodede in his opening remarks at the three (3)-hour-meeting, said the state of the access road to the banking area has assumed a worrisome dimension, thus necessitating his administration’s resolve to deal decisively with the situation by tasking the banks to jointly devise a plan to effect repairs on the road.

The Vice-Chancellor, who tendered the University authorities unreserved apologies to the banks for the several disruptions to their services on account of past staff and students protests on campus, which resulted in forceful closure of the University’s gates, said his administration has been positively engaging with the unions in order to ensure that this negative trend is nipped in bud.

He assured them that the University management will leave no stone unturned in the effort to provide adequate security in the banking area, imploring the banks too, to assist the University by ensuring that their premises are properly lit at night and CCTV cameras are installed at necessary areas in their surrounding so as to be able to monitor movements around their premises.

Professor Ogunbodede seized the opportunity of the meeting to announce commencement of work at the site of the power generation plant which the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) is building for the University to improve power supply to the campus, adding that the banks will have better power supply too when the project is completed.

He further challenged the banks to come up with credit facilities for students who are facing financial challenges, noting that the University administration will gladly work with the banks to guarantee such loans.

The chair of the Campus Bank Managers’ Forum, Mr. Sulaiman Olalekan of Wema Bank Plc, while responding, thanked the University administration for the cordial relationship existing between the University and the banks, adding that necessary machinery will be set in motion to address the challenges which made previous attempts to repair the banking area access road, abortive and fruitless.

The meeting resolved eventually to set up a five-man committee to coordinate the repair works on the road.  The committee has the Acting Directors of the Physical Planning and Development Unit (PPDU), and the Works and Maintenance Services (DWMS), Engineers Alao and Olasupo respectively; the chair of the Bank Managers Forum, Mr. Sulaiman Olalekan; the Manager of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Jelili; and the representative of the Manager of Access Bank, Mr. Wale Agbaje, as members.

 

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