60th anniversary: Babcock VC restates commitment to academic excellence, leadership training

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Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Ilisan Remo, Prof Ademola Stephen Tayo has restated the commitment of the university to raising the bar for academic excellence and leadership training while churning out graduates that would provide manpower to tackle myriads of challenges confronting the world

Prof Ademola Tayo explained that the university was also being positioned to harness the ICT skills and that very soon, the ivory tower would emerge as the first paperless university in the country with provision of internet Wi-Fi everywhere on campus and thus helping to increase students access to information among others.

The Vice-Chancellor reiterated this commitment while speaking at press briefing held in the school on Tuesday to herald the 60 years anniversary of the school and 20 years of becoming one of the first three private universities in the country which got its approval in 1999. The week long ceremony runs from September 13 to 20.

Reeling out the success stories of the 60 years old institution, Prof Tayo disclosed that the university which started as Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA) in 1959 with just six students now boast of over 12000 student population with 19 halls of residence that could accommodate 20,000 students

He stated that the university had also stamped its feet in academic brilliance and leadership training with the products of the school coming top for four consecutive times in Nigerian Law School while the school also produced the best Accounting student in the country in 2018.

He added that the determination of the school to start medicine programme in 2012 against all odds and mistrust has proved to be one of the best decisions the university has ever made as it has helped to reduce medical tourism to India and other European countries saying that its cardiovascular centre had performed over 300 open heart surgeries, several spinal cord surgeries together with hip and knee cap replacement among others.

The VC has however disclosed that the the fees charged by the school were the cheapest considering what it takes to offer qualitative university education worldwide saying that to maintain 24 hours power supply in the institution alone every month through its Independent Power Supply cost a whopping sum of N85Million every month.

Prof Tayo has therefore appealed to the government at all levels to relax it’s multiple taxation policy on the private universities saying it was one policy impacting negatively on the desire to assist in giving its citizenry qualitative education.