The Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, has called on the Founder of the Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, not to promote the idea of awarding doctoral degrees to unworthy individuals.
The governor believed that such a practice by some institutions in the country only ends up celebrating people who have made no positive impact on the development of the country.
Ajimobi made this statement at the inauguration of the Board of Trustees and Governing Council of the newly established institution in Ibadan on Thursday the 5th of January 2017. The governor also urged Chief Daisi and the members of the management board of the university to take the issue of funding of the institution seriously.
Kola Daisi University was among the eight (8) Universities given the approval to operate by the National Universities Commission in November of 2016
He noted that with a Professor Emeritus, Oladipo Akinkugbe, serving as the Chairman of the BoT of the new institution, there is no doubt that the school would turn out quality products.
Other members of the board are Prof. Adeniyi Osuntogun, Chief Sherifat Kola-Daisi, Chief Akin Olujinmi, Mr Abiodun Salami, High Chief Abiodun Kola-Daisi, Mrs Olasunmbo Obaseki and Mrs Ebun Delano.
Ajimobi said, “I implore the founder and the management of this school to ensure that quality graduates are produced from it
“Avoid giving honorary degrees and when you do, make sure that those who are worthy are given. Maintaining and sustaining the quality you have created is another challenge that the school authorities must look into. Nothing is free; to get quality, you must spend money. The school must be well funded to maintain quality standard.”
In his speech, the founder of KDU, Ibadan, Chief Kola Daisi, said the school received the National Universities Commission approval to operate on November 22, 2016, adding that Governor Ajimobi Ajimobi played a huge part in the establishment of the university by approving the land on which it was sited.
He concluded that he is optimistic that the present infrastructure in the school would cover its academic and accommodation requirements for the first 10 years.