UCJ alumni laud UI for naming VC lodge after Ayo Banjo
The University of Ibadan (UI) has named the official residence of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) after its longest-serving VC, Prof. Emeritus Ayo Banjo, who served in that capacity from 1983 to 1991. In a release signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka, the unveiling was done on Thursday and the residence will now be known as Ayo Banjo Manor.
Reacting, the Union of Campus Journalists (UCJ) Alumni Association has commended the gesture. This was contained in a statement signed by Olaniyi Johnson Olaobaju, Public Relations Officer of UCJ alumni body.
According to Olaobaju, the university during Banjo’s tenure recorded important milestones “in which he populated his score sheet with projects and programmes of monumental significance, which largely account for the place of Ibadan as primus inter pares in the comity of world-class institutions today.
“Prof. Banjo was an iconic administrator, who not only allowed academic freedom and dissenting views in the running of the university affairs, a hallmark of the philosophy of the dialectic and university democracy but also turned it to the advantage of the university, in its inclusive approach to growth and development. It is on record that his administration witnessed the highest turnover of vibrant Students Union leaders and other brilliant scholars in all fields.
“The honour of Prof. Banjo could not have come at a better time. This particular act will undoubtedly show the way to other institutions that exemplary stewardship deserves to be honoured,” he stated.