For Nigeria Democracy to stand firm, Institutions must be built and they must be allowed to thrive, where all organs of government can play the roles assigned to them.
This was the submission of the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Wole Banjo during a 3- Day Capacity Training held
for Students Leaders of the Institution at Ilaji Hotels & Sports Resorts, Ibadan recently, with the theme: IMPACTFUL AND PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP.
“This programme is designed to open your eyes to some basic dynamic challenges of leadership and leadership roles expectations in a University Community and the larger society from the town and gown perspectives”, Acting Vice-Chancellor added.
Prof. Banjo further disclosed that the training was also aimed at actualising the University’s dream of producing best generations of leaders through practical engagements towards possessing high-level manpower needs of nation-building within the global context of defined goals of University Education.
He stressed further that the Management expected them to turn new leaves in their leadership roles in the University through maintaining high level of motivation and practical engagements as Student leaders to add value to University Administration.
He, however, warned the Student Leaders not to see the body as a parallel administration in the University rather they are to promote unity, cordial relationship and orderliness through adequate representation between the Students and TASUED administration.
Prof. Banjo used the occasion to applaud the Students’ leadership for the peace the institution is enjoying while charging them to maintain the tempo so that the stable academic calendar can be maintained.
The capacity building programme commenced with a former TASUED Students’ Union President, Mr Sanni Ramon who dwelled on the qualities of a leader, he urged the participants to see their call to leadership position, as a call to service, which demands sacrifice, involving me, energy, happiness and spending their money for the cause of the Union.
The former President chastised Students Leaders to be wary of people with destructive tendencies and shun all forms of inducements from politicians who may use them to achieve their parochial interest.
The second guest, also a former Speaker of the then Ogun State University, Students’ Union and currently, Director, Centre for Truth & Liberty, Revd. Samuel Adeyemi Adelakun talked extensively on Responsible Students Unionism, he enjoined participants as leaders to marshall their grievances with superior arguments rather than resorting to violence, noting that the era of destructive demonstration is over and forgotten forever.
Other speakers at the event were the University’s Chief Security Officer, Mr Ola Azeez who spoke on “Rights, Security and Safety in Tertiary Institution” while the Deputy Director, DAPQAR, Dr Jimoh Owoyele spoke on” _Studentship & Potentials:Saying No To Suicide Others Vices in the University”.
Others were, Dr Ademola Victor Akinyande who delivered a lecture on ” Leadership Conflicts and Peace”, a former Dean, Students’ Affairs and the current, Dean, College of Vocational and Technology Education of the institution, Prof. B.J.O. Ayorinde spoke on “Nigerian Students Movement and Challenges, the Roles of Communication”.
A former, Senate President in the University, Mr Seyi Odedeyi spoke on “Qualities of a leader”, while the Students’ Affairs Officer, Mr Niyi Adesanya also spoke on “Students Communication Channels in the University”.
Awards were later presented by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. Seyi Adejoye and the Sub Dean, Dr Yinka Adediran.