By Esther Anwo
The newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the Crown Hill University (CHU), Prof. Jeleel Olasunkanmi Ojuade has pledged to run a student-oriented administration and use his connection and wealth of experience to further move the institution to the next level.
Prof. Ojuade made the pledge on Monday (January 23, 2023) during his official inauguration as the third Vice Chancellor of the CHU held at the University campus along Eyenkorin Balla Road, Ilorin, kwara state capital.
“I hasten to add that, we are acting in your best interests. We shall engage in constructive and productive dialogue and discussions to move the University forward. Your voice will be heard. We shall run an administration that is student-centric. Let me just say that beyond the seeming dark clouds lies silver linings” Ojuade said.
Ojuade appreciated the proprietor of the institution for his unwavering contribution towards the growth and development of education in Nigeria, just as he lauded the pioneer efforts of his predecessors for laying a solid foundation upon which he pledged to consolidate on.
I will not end this address without paying glowing tributes to my predecessors,Prof. GHG, the pioneer VC, Prof. Olorunmaiye and the immediate past VC, Prof. Deboye Kolawole. I applaud their pioneering and trail blazing efforts. Theyhave succeeded in laying the solid foundations for CrownHill University (CHU)Eyenkorin, llorin. If I stand taller than my contemporaries, it is because I amstanding on the shoulders of these great men. I say thank you sirs” he added.
He pledged to do everything within his capacity to move the CHU forward and make it a reference point expecially in the areas of teaching, research and community service.
It was a celebration galore as the well attended occasion was graced by government officials, members of the KU8 of which Prof. Ojuade is a member, prominent traditional rulers across the country, friends and family of the celebrant, as well as students of the institution among others.
The Chairman of the eight Universities in Kwara state (KU8), Professor Wahab Olasupo Egebewole led the team of the Vice Chancellors, the Ooni of Ife, His Rojal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II who is the Chancellor and owner of the institution was ably represented on the occasion by a frontline traditional ruler in Osun State, HRH Oba Olasode Zacheaus (Waasi of Ilare-lfe) and High Chief Oluwole.
The presence of KWASU performing Arts troupe and other highlights of the occasion added glitz and glamour to the event.
In his address, the KU8 Chairman, Professor Egbewole congratulated the new Vice Chancellor who has just formally joined the KU8 and prayed God to lead him through in his new assignment.