By John Odunjo
The management of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti says that Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s wife, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, has intervened in many areas of the state government owned institution.
The university lists some of the areas of intervention to include “offering support for the Medical Students’ week as well as candidates of JAMB Equal Opportunity Group and attendance of various Faculty conferences and inaugural lectures.
EKSU, in a statement by the Head, Directorate of Information, Bode
Olofinmuagun, said, “As a matter of fact, during one of the inaugural lectures which she attended, the Vice Chancellor of EKSU, Prof. Edward Olanipekun announced publicly that Her Excellency, Dr Oyebanji had volunteered to teach in our (EKSU) Department of Educational Management.
“And as a follow up, a 300 level course has been allocated to her commencing from the first semester of the 2022/2023 academic session,” the university stated.
Olofinmuagun dissociated the university from an offensive remark against the First Lady by someone who claimed to be an EKSU graduate over Dr Oyebanji’s offer to teach and mentor students of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.
The university said, “The initiator of the damaging report, obviously does not know the rationale behind community service, otherwise, he wouldn’t have originated such ill-informed remarks in the first place.
“It is imperative to clarify that Her Excellency, Dr Oyebanji has not committed any infraction by deciding to offer her professional services anywhere that pleases her in order to impart knowledge and give back to the community that produced her.
“It is apposite to place on record that since the assumption of office of His Excellency, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji as the Governor of Ekiti State, his wife, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji has intervened in many areas in our university (EKSU)”.
Recall that the founder of ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola had lauded the First Lady for her contributions to knowledge in her field of Educational Management through her research works and deciding to impart knowledge to students.
Babalola had said, “You are the first First Lady in Nigeria that I know that will be teaching in a university (while in office). Do you know the effect it will have? Do you know the impact you will be making? This will surely have an impact on students looking at the First Lady teaching them. It will motivate them to learn.”