ABEOKUTA – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday expressed his readiness to partner with Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta on power generation.
Obasanjo while commissioning the 7billion litre Dam constructed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako’s administration at Mawuko in Odeda local government area of Ogun state.
Chief Obasanjo represented by his son, Seun Obasanjo commended Prof. Salako, saying the nation would have been developed if other Heads of government agencies could emulate the outgoing FUNAAB VC.
He said the Dam construction would serve the Mawuko community in the area of clean water in line with the millennium goals of the SDGs.
He, therefore, said he would be willing to partner the University on power generation from the Dam on Private Partnership arrangement.
“I commend the Vice Chancellor on this laudable project. This is a big legacy project and your actions should be looked out by following administration as a great example.
“If each institution and community are doing this kind of projects, the nation will develop a lot faster.
“One of the nation’s millennium development goal is the provisions of clean water and that is what this project will achieve. Even in this community, it will touch a lot of lives, therefore, in my own honour, I am happy to be here to commission this project, and moving forward, I’ll be willing to work continuously with the University and with the community to see how we can bring more development, even if it means partnering for the electricity generation, we can have a public, private partnership arrangement. I am ready to serve and I am ready to join this community.
Earlier, the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, CFR was among several dignitaries that poured encomiums on the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Ogun state, Professor Kolawole Felix Salako on monumental projects facilitated by the his administration in the last five years, describing him as a reliable, dogged and resilient academia.
The Alake while commissioning the newly constructed 300-seater Senate building extension on Thursday at the University’s premises, said he was not surprised by the performance of Professor Salako, saying his performance typifies true Egba character as an achiever.
The highly revered monarch who toured the campus to witness the millennium projects constructed by Prof. Salako charged the incoming Vice Chancellor to improve upon the outgoing VC’s achievements.
Similarly, the Agura of Gbaguraland, Oba Babajide Bakre described Professor Salako as a successful man who has impacted in both learning and moral of the students with the provision of modern lecture facilities.
The Agura who was represented by Bashorun Festus Kehinde said Agura is very proud of you. God has made you Alaseyori, the land you have touched you always turn them to fertile land. I’m not surprised with your track record, because you have worked with another Mr. Project in person of Prof. Olaiya Balogun. Looking at the content of your character to make a difference in peoples lives, that makes you a successful person. The entire Egbaland is proud of you.”
Oba Babajide, therefore, commissioned the Academic building complex Block A and Block B.
Other projects commissioned included the ultra modern Sports Grand stand by former lecturer of the University, Professor Olusegun Ayodele Osinowo, College of Physical sciences building commissioned by Professor Ishola Adamson, Academic Maintenance building by Chief Kola Jamodu.
Other projects commissioned are the newly built University’s Maternity Clinic and X-ray building by the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Prof. Adewale Musa Olomu and the Palm oil Processing factory done by Professor Segun Lagoke.
Speaking shortly after commissioning the Maternity centre, the FMC CMD, Prof. Musa-Olomu said construction of the maternity clinic would improve the living condition of Alabata residents and the university community.
He said “For his belief that the University should provide medical services to the Alabata community, it is one of its kind in the University in the country. It shows the future of our campus universities will be great if our VC can work like this. I am really impressed. The synergy between FMC and FUNAAB is the medical relationship of 50% discount for students and staff of the University in our hospital.”
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Felix Salako said his administration decided to construct the senate building extension to accommodate the 300 Senate members and administrative staff.
He said the construction of Senate building extension which started in 2019 was completed in 2022, saying all projects commissioned by the administration were painted green to symbolize productivity and agriculture.
On the construction of the Sports complex Grand Stand, Prof. Salako explained that the sports complex will make the youths to be more committed in extracurricular activities than engage in social vices.
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