Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan (UI), yesterday appealed to the staff and students of the institution to desist from running down the institution by over-blowing its perceived challenges in the media.
The VC disclosed this while hosting the Founder and Proprietor of a recently approved private university, Dominion University, Bishop Taiwo Victor Adelakun.
Olayinka, who noted that negative comments from the staff and students of the university go a long way in de-marketing the image of UI, frowned at the attitude of some staff and students, who derived pleasure in blackmailing the university.
“Yes, we have some challenges here and there, which we try to address as they come. That we have challenges does not give people the freedom to go to the media to run down the university with uncomplimentary statements and remarks.
“Our people must know that the world has become a global village. All these negative comments are being recorded against all of us across the globe. And, anytime we show up and say we are from UI, the world will confront us with all the negative impression we’ve created for ourselves,” the VC stated.
Prof. Olayinka pointed out that private universities should ensure high quality principles both in moral and academic in training their students.
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