JABU VC, Sonaike, backs return of schools to missionaries
Vice-Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji, Ilesa, Osun State, Prof. Kola Sonaike, has expressed support for the return of schools to missionaries, saying the move will help nurture disciplined and responsible citizens.
He disclosed this at the institution’s campus, yesterday, during a media briefing to herald the 12th convocation ceremony, which holds on Friday, January 21, 2022.
Sonaike noted that departure from strict moral principles laid down by missionary schools has led to degeneration in societal values. According to him, “Religion has a major role when it comes to youth development. It is an error to take schools away from missionaries.”
He recalled his experience as a student of an Anglican college, stressing that the ethics he and his contemporaries learned helped them to attain greater heights in life.
Speaking on the exclusion of private institutions from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Sonaike said it is unrealistic to think the government, anywhere in the world, would be able to operate a good university, even as he urged proprietors to embrace fiscal innovations.
“As we train students in learning, we also teach them how to use their skills. In my three years of working here, I have never seen a JABU graduate begging for a placement. I tell my students that we are not training you to be beggars for jobs but creators of jobs.
“If we are to be among the leading universities in the world, we have to copy what best universities do. They don’t wait for government money; they look for alternative means of getting money and largely innovate to raise sufficient funds for their operations,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor said major accomplishments during the 2020/2021 academic session include: university library; post-graduate building; 200-seat capacity lecture theatre; journalism building; and distance learning centre.
He said a re-accreditation visit and resource verification exercise by National Universities Commission (NUC) led to approval for commencement of the institution’s Hotel Management and Tourism Programme.
He said the university has 511 graduands from its Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law and Management Sciences. He also said 77 higher degrees would be awarded in 16 programmes.
He said the two best graduating students, David Babalola and Peter Abegunrin, from the Departments of Computer Science and Law, scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.97, a new record since the university started 15 years ago.