The VC of Dominican University, Ibadan, Prof Anthony Akinwale, has praised the institution’s Pro-Chancellor, Mr. Peter Obi’s love for education, health and poverty eradication, which he said are critical to building a good society.
Akinwale, who spoke when Obi led members of the university’s Governing Council to the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said Obi’s legacies in education, health and contribution to economic growth remained outstanding and exemplary.
The VC added that Obi, former vice presidential candidate under PDP in the 2015 elections, had always worked for the interest of the university.
Speaking at the meeting with Makinde, Akinwale said that the Dominican Order of Preachers had established different universities in every continent of the world, since 1901, when the first Dominican University was established. Akinwale revealed that Dominican University, Ibadan was the first on the African Continent. He also said all the university’s courses had been fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Responding , Makinde assured of continual partnership between the church and the state. He said that he was born in a Catholic hospital and had always supported church institutions.
The governor appreciated that the university was being run by a non-profit organisation and assured of his government’s support. He noted also that the choice of the Dominican Order of Preachers to establish in Ibadan, their first in Africa, showed the love they had for the state and assured that the state would protect their interests.
Appreciating Makinde for his warm reception, Obi urged him to remain committed to investments in education and health as they remain the most critical areas of development of any nation.
SOURCE: THE NATION