Presidential Visitation Panel visit UI, says Visit not to witch Hunt

The Chairman, 2021 Presidential Visitation Panel to the University of Ibadan, Prof. Attahiru Muhammadu Jega has revealed that his panel’s visit to the University is not to witch-hunt members of the university community, but to interact with staff and students, evaluate and examine various challenges confronting the university.

The Former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss hinted that the purpose of the visit is to make useful and important recommendations to the government with a view to bringing about development to the university and called for the support of the University’s management, staff and students in dispensing its assignment.

Leading other members of the panel to pay a courtesy call on the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola and his management team, Prof. Jega observed that “a perception developed in the mind of some people when they hear that a visitation panel is around, thinking that the panel is out to witch hunt members of the university community. We are not here to witch hunt anybody”.

“The mandate given to us is to interact with the staff and students, evaluate facilities, receive complaints, and make useful recommendations to the visitors with a view to bringing about more developments to the university”.

Promising to do the work with an open mind and with all the seriousness it deserves, he urged all the stakeholders to cooperate with the panel in order to achieve the set objectives.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan; Prof. Ekanola while reacting to the Prof Jega-led panel, disclosed that the panel was out to examine 29 items and stated that the university had made adequate arrangements in order to simplify the panel’s assignments, expressing confidence that the university would benefit immensely from Prof. Jega’s wealth of wisdom.

Describing Prof. Jega as a seasoned university administrator, the UI boss remarked that the panel’s work would create a new level of progress and achievements and insisted that the university community was excited as the exercise means improvement are imminent.

“Prof Jega understands the university system intimately. This university will certainly benefit from his knowledge more so when he is also not a stranger to the UI. In 2010, he delivered the University Advancement Center lecture and later the convocation lecture. We are going to benefit from his team’s reports as their recommendations will make things better.” he said

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