Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has emphasized the importance of the University of Ibadan reclaiming its status as the intellectual capital of Africa. Speaking during the unveiling of the university’s 75th-anniversary billboard, Governor Makinde urged the institution’s management to take proactive steps towards regaining its prestigious position. He assured the university of the government’s support in its quest to become the intellectual capital of the continent once again.
Governor Makinde highlighted the historical significance of the University of Ibadan, noting that it was renowned not only in Nigeria but across Africa, as the ideas generated within its walls reached far and wide. He acknowledged the institution’s past influence on leaders from various countries in southern and eastern Africa.
Furthermore, Governor Makinde revealed the government’s plan to construct a pedestrian bridge in front of the university’s main gate to enhance student safety and prevent accidents caused by motorists. While acknowledging the temporary disruption this construction may cause, he sought the cooperation of the university community.
In his address, Professor Peter Olapegba, the chairman of the anniversary committee, expressed his gratitude to Governor Makinde for his unwavering support and commitment to the progress of the University of Ibadan. The governor was hailed as a true partner in the university’s journey towards excellence.