6th July, 2011
The Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Professor M. Ola-Rotimi Ajayi, has described the University of Ilorin in glowing terms, saying that apart from being a household name in Nigeria, anyone conversant with the university system in Nigeria would appreciate that the university is first in many areas. Ajayi made this remark recently during a courtesy visit of Landmark University delegation he led to the UNILORIN Vice-Chancellor, Professor Is-haq Oloyede.
He described his visit as home-coming, disclosing that apart from being an alumnus of the university, where he obtained three degrees, he is also a former staff of the institution.
He added that the need to identify with success, progress and development that characterised the university made his management team to decide that the first to visit is the University of Ilorin because they know they would gain one or two things that would benefit their new university.
He commended the management of the institution and sought areas of cooperation and partnership between it and Landmark University, which he described as operating a collegiate system with emphasis on agricultural development.
Responding, the University of Ilorin Vice-Chancellor congratulated Prof. Ajayi, saying that the institution wishes him success because his success is the success of the university.
According to him, the university owes it a responsibility to establish that his choice of the vice-chancellor was not a mistake, stressing that Ajayiâ€™s appointment is a pride to the university.
He noted that at the last count, there are 13 vice-chancellors in Nigeria who are either former students or staff of the University of Ilorin.
While assuring Landmark University of the readiness of the University of Ilorin to do everything within its power to support it, Oloyede stressed that although the University is responsible to the whole world, the immediate community is of primary importance.
He advised Landmark to join, even if as an associate member now, bodies like the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the International Association of Universities (IAU), so that it will quickly register its presence in the world university system and draw benefits that are accruable from such visibility.
In the vice-chancellorâ€™s delegation were Prof. J.S.O. Adeniyi, Prof. E.O. Oyawoye, Dean College of Agricultural Sciences, along with Mrs. O. Triumph-Abatan and Miss Funke Idowu of Corporate Affairs Unit of the university while joining the host to receive the team were principal officers including the Dean of Agriculture.