In a bid to immortalise the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the legacies he stood for, the family of Ajimobi through the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation (SAAF) was at the University of Ibadan for the foundation laying ceremony of the Abiola Ajimobi Resource Centre at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS), the University of Ibadan on Wednesday, 16 December 2020.
The former First Lady, Oyo State and President of the Foundation, Dr. Florence Ajimobi in her address echoed the importance of the project as a unique way of ensuring that the legacies that her late husband stood for are kept alive and sustained.
She stated that the Centre will serve as a resource centre for good governance and leadership, describing her husband “as a man who loved acquiring knowledge for development and a man who appreciated researching for details.”
Dr. Ajimobi was full of gratitude to God for witnessing the 16th day of December which to the family remains a special day, expressing her trust in God that the project would be completed within a year and ready for commissioning at the 4th Annual Ajimobi Roundtable on 16 December next year.
The event which was part of the activities lined up for the 3rd Annual Abiola Ajimobi Roundtable and 71st Post Humous Birthday attracted very important dignitaries from across the country and this included the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR, who is an in-law to the Ajimobi family as well as the chairman of the event.
Speaking, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Adebola Ekanola thanked the Foundation for collaborating with the University through the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, assuring the family of the strong commitment of the institution to the collaboration.
Saluting the courage of the Foundation, he explained that the initiative will be used to immortalise the name and legacies of Senator Ajimobi through the partnership with the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies in promoting good governance to impact positively on Oyo State, Nigeria and the entire globe.
Prof. Ekanola was full of optimism that the Foundation will not regret partnering with the University, affirming that “as long as the University exists, the Abiola Ajimobi Resource Centre will continue to exist and this implies that the noble aim of immortalising what Ajimobi stands to resonate as long as the University exists.
In his address, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje expressed his delight to be related to the family of Abiola Ajimobi as an in-law and considered his presence “at the occasion a must first because he is a proud alumnus of the University of Ibadan as well as part of the member of Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation.
He stated that he was so impressed about the Memorandum of Understanding between Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation and the University of Ibadan.
Governor Ganduje said the building of the resource centre will be a building of memory, history and immortalisation of his great friend and colleague, who was 9 days older than him.
He further said the edifice will not only immortalise Senator Ajimobi’s name but provide services for humanity, research facility and improve knowledge, stressing that Senator Ajimobi was committed to good governance and sustainable development, which are salient issues in governance in Nigeria today.
According to him, “this edifice will promote researches on good governance and sustainable development.”
Earlier, the foundation led by the President, Dr. Florence Ajimobi paid a courtesy call on the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Ekanola in his office.
The visit enabled the President to inform the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the activities of the foundation and the collaboration that exists between the Foundation and the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies and the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation (IPSS-SAAF) was signed at the Vice-Chancellor’s office during the visit.
Accompanying Dr. Ajimobi on the courtesy visit were Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, Executive Governor of Kano State; First Lady of Kano State, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje; Hon. Commissioner of Information, Kano State, Alhaji Muhammad Garba; the son of Governor of Kano State, Engr. Aba Umar Ganduje; Members of the Board of Trustees of Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation: Ms. Ajijola Abiola-Ajimobi, Mr. Idris Abolaji Abiola-Ajimobi, Mrs. Abimbola Obagun, Mr. Obafemi Obagun, Mr. Kolapo Kola-Daisi, Mrs. Abisola Kola-Daisi, Mrs. Fatimat Abiola-Ajimobi and Mr. Ayo Ajayi. Others were Mr. Lekan Alli, former Secretary to Oyo State Government; Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, former Commissioner for Education, Oyo State; Mr. Biodun Adekanmbi, former Commissioner for Finance and Mr. Bolaji Tunji, former Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Media and Strategy.
Present at the occasion were the Registrar, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi; Provost, Postgraduate College, Prof. Jonathan Babalola; Dean, Faculty of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Prof. Isaac Olawale Albert; Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. ‘Keye Abiona; Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, Prof. Tajudeen Akanji; Director, Works and Maintenance, Engr. Olufemi Adetolu; Deputy Registrar, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr. Oluwole Dada; Deputy Registrar (Legal), Mr. Sunday Ajayi; Director, University Advancement Centre, Mr. Adebowale Adeosun; Director, Directorate of Public Communication, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo; President, Society for Peace Studies and Practice, Dr. Nathaniel Danjibo and the Secretary to the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, Barr. Ayodeji Osula.
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