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OAU Takes Pride in Olutoye's Medical Feat

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has described an alumnus of the University, Professor Oluyinka Olutoye, as a fantastic advertisement of the medical college of the University.

Reacting to the news of the appointment of Professor Oluyinka Olutoye as Surgeon-in-Chief of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio, United States, the Vice-Chancellor said the University is proud to associate with the medical feat.

The Vice-Chancellor congratulated Professor Olutoye saying the University is elated and honored by the news of a worthy alumnus being given such a responsibility in the Diaspora. The Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer at the hospital, Richard Brilli, had remarked that, “management were tremendously delighted to have Dr. Olutoye’s experience on their team to further elevate the visibility and reputation of one of the best overall children’s surgical programs in the country that through its clinical care and research, is forging the future of children’s surgery.

“Having a world-renowned fetal and paediatric surgeon join our leadership team will further advance Nationwide Children’s commitment to establishing a preeminent fetal surgery program.” The appointment of Professor Olutoye, who had previously served as Co-Director of the Fetal Center and the immediate-past President of the Medical Staff at Texas Children’s Hospital, took effect from August 1, 2019.
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Alumni Group Donates Drugs to Health Centre

A group of alumni of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, known as the Uniq Group, a.k.a Brothers for Life, has made a donation of drugs worth over a million naira (N1m) to the University Health Centre.

Speaking at the event to receive the donation, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, expressed the appreciation of the University administration to the group members for their selflessness, stressing that the University needs more groups or individual alumnus to give back to their alma-mater.

Ogunbodede, who continued that many projects had been executed in the University by the alumni, appealed that the University still needs the alumni to do more as most buildings in the University are almost sixty (60) years old thus demanding renovation.

He further seized the opportunity of the event to call on other alumni and stakeholders to come to the aid of the indigent students in the University by putting up a scholarship scheme for them. The leader of the group, Mr. Bola Alaga appreciated the University administration for the good works they have been doing to actualize the dream of the founding fathers of the institution, noting that as alumni group, they felt they should contribute their quota to the development of their alma-mater that made them to be donating drugs to the University’s Health Centre since 2017. He promised that apart from donating drugs they will engage in other projects soon.
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Pioneer Alumni Set of the Department of Chemical Engineering Visits OAU

The pioneer set of alumni of the Department of Chemical Engineering has assured the University authorities of their desire to partner the institution in the quest for more development.

This formed the thrust of the message delivered by Professor Rahman Bello, a one-time Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, who led other members of the set on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, while on a tour of the department.

Professor Rahman Bello noted with delight that it was a huge privilege for each member of the set to have graduated from the OAU, adding that their visit to the institution was borne of their love and passion for their alma mater. “We have all been beneficiaries of the department’s good deed. Many of the alumni of the department have become notable people in the world.  Though the system has changed, we are looking into what we can do to assist the department to the next level so we can compete with the rest of the world. The department will soon be 50 years and we will be celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of the department in a new form and grand style”, he said.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor appreciated Professor Rahman Bello for his leadership style especially during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos which cannot be over-emphasized.  He thanked the pioneer set members for coming to see how their department is faring and particularly, for their donation of an electric generator to the department.

Professor Ogunbodede further commended the Departmental Head and other members of staff for the good job they have been doing.  He stated that the problem of under-staffing being faced in the department is on-going. “The Faculty of Technology which the Department of Chemical Engineering belongs to is one of the faculties highlighted but certain measures will have to be put in place to fast track the process. We are awaiting the approval from Federal Character Commission”, Ogunbodede said.

The Vice-Chancellor promised the support of his administration to the department and made it known that before July 2019 when the department will be 50 years, certain measures would have been taken to make it possible to start Petrol Chemical Engineering Department in the university.

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