The Senate on the 30th of July, 2019, elected Professor Olaide Liasu of the Department of Pure and Applied Biology as the new Deputy vice chancellor of the institution; five months after the inauguration of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Ologunde. The Vice Chancellor during his inauguration assured the school of a stable academic calendar, improvement in the welfarism of students and lots more while some of the promises have been fulfilled, some are yet to be enjoyed.
We interviewed the Deputy Vice Chancellor to find out how he intends to join the task of rebuilding a new LAUTECH which the Vice Chancellor has embarked on.
What do you feel about your appointment?
I feel it’s a call to duty. What we’ve been doing unofficially has just been given an official stamp. I am one of the first persons to resume on this campus even before the official opening of the school. I entered this campus on the 1st September, 1990, but the campus officially opened on the 1st of October, 1990. Although the university has been officially opened from the ministry of education in Ibadan earlier before the opening of the campus. I transferred my service from Ile-Ife to this place. I also remember holding the first lecture under the auspices of Late Professor Lawanson (of blessed memory). I’ve been part of the story of this university, where there are good moments, there are bad ones too, but I’m optimistic that the worst is over. I also thank my stars that I’m coming in at a time when things are going on smoothly as one can’t really perform well when all the infrastructures necessary for good performance are lacking. My feeling is that of elation that I’ll be part of a team that is forward looking.
Are you living your dream?
In the past, the academic world was the cynosure of all eyes. In those days everyone wanted to be an intellectual, intellectuals were next to God. Everyone wanted to be like the Wole Soyinka’s of this world, the Lambo’s of this world and the Ayodele Awojobi’s of this world. However, emphasis is now shifting from intellectualism to professionalism as both the intellectuals and professionals constitute the intelligentsia.
LAUTECH’s state of being
LAUTECH was free falling, stops falling, we’re still trying to reduce the rate of free fall and thinking of rising. I’m happy that the free fall is a little being arrested although we’re not yet out of the problem but there’s a positive effort. If you have a problem, the first thing is to get aware of the problem, then begin to solve the problem and then think of rising after the problem is solved. We cannot do it alone,it can be done through the joint effort of the students, lecturers, administrators, sponsors and then the entire society.
What’s your view on the no payment of tuition fee, no exam policy?
I support it. It is non-negotiable and it is the height of irresponsibility to grunt about it, but If we have free education, I prefer that but that is beyond the university. If we say there should be exam without payment, it’ll discourage those that paid from paying in future. What criterion will be used for defaulters to write exam without paying. There are solutions to this problem as the problem is with the government. There are three levels, the first level is to grant them free education, second level is to grant them soft student loans that will be used to acquire their education and pay back after getting a job in the future, the last level is to do a job. In this university, there’s nothing that prevents an indigent student to take cleaning job and getting a stipend which can be used to supplement his tuition fees. If we have 80% students who paid their tuition fee in a particular semester and we have 20% who failed to make payment and got away with it, then there will be a decrease in the percentage of students who will pay in the following semester.
What’s behind the late distribution of Students’ ID cards?
This depends on information. This information might not be known to the authorities. If it is known to the authorities, the people responsible will be called to order and queried because, this is ineptitude at work. I don’t know the cause but definitely, it is not the fault of those that haven’t gotten ID cards because they paid for it and should have gotten it pronto. The reason why all these things got bad was because the government were not paying subventions which is used to substitute government money which is made adequate for payment of salaries. In the absence of compliance from the government, Peter was robbed to pay Paul.
How do you plan to join the development of LAUTECH?
The way to go in any enterprise is to be law abiding and do things meritoriously while removing ethnicity and all bigotry. A lot of us love ourselves but in a case where you love only yourself, then everyone are competitors who will be seeking the downfall of each other but when you love your neighbour, by the time you move up, you’ll carry a lot of people with you; but when you move up at the expense of others, nobody will grow. Cultivating the habit of helping each other is the only solution.
By: Adeagbo Nafisat and Lawal Huswat