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An alumnus of Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OOU) Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State has appealed to wealthy Nigerians to support the Federal and State governments in their efforts to improve education standard.

Dr Segun Oyebolu who spoke with reporters after a meeting with the management of OOU to rub minds on how to improve infrastructure in the school said wealthy people in the society can do this through donation of quality infrastructure and equipment to the country’s education institutions.

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He pledged to construct and donate a N164m worth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) edifice to the school.

He said construction would begin as soon as possible, as he had already completed arrangement with the contractor to handle it.

The Computer Scientist who graduated from the school 28 years ago said, “If we (old students) cannot give back, survival of our cherished institutions will be at risk, our humanity will be devalued, we will starve our society of the much-desired growth and deny our future generations the enablement to quickly surpass our own accomplishments”.

According to him, the need to give back to his alma mata was hinged on his conviction to support the government in tackling the obvious challenges of infrastructural decay and lack of adequate learning tools in the educational sector in the country.

He said it was regrettable that over the years, Nigerian universities have had dwindling budgets when compared to student enrolment while budgetary allocations fall short of reference standard of 26 per cent as stipulated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
He stressed the importance of various developmental interventions such as this from public spirited individual and corporate bodies.

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He said he had earlier budgeted N100m for this ICT hub to be named Segun Oyebolu Technology Incubator Centre but the reverberating effect of COVID-19 pandemic has forced him to review it to N164m, explaining that the hub would serve as a breeding ground for tech giants when completed

Oyebolu said “it is my hope that this new endowment will enable the university attract the best scholars, both from Nigeria and abroad: I know through my own experience the transformative difference that the OOU can bring to a person’s life. Hopefully through this gift, I can give exceptionally talented people the opportunity for a period of intense and creative research and study”.

He lauded the university management under the leadership of Prof Ganiu Olatunde for doing so much to make the university scale up as one of the best in Africa.

The Vice Chancellor lauded the donor for deeming it fit to spare a thought for his alma mata, describing the gesture as novel, instructive and a giant leap capable of inspiring other alumni to support the development of the university.

Prof Olatunde said that the ICT hub, the largest donation by an alumnus of the university when completed would be fitted with computers, internet among other things and would readily accommodate about 200 students.

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