The Executive Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko on Tuesday promised to support the vision of the pioneer Vice- Chancellor of Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo, Professor Richard King of turning the University to a distinctive academic centre.
The Governor made the pledge during a courtesy visit of the Vice-Chancellor to the Governor in his office.
The Vice-Chancellor accompanied by his wife, Mrs Laurel Richard king, the University Registrar, Mr. Felix Aderinboye and the University Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul was received by the Governor, the Chief of Staff, Dr. Kola Ademujimi; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Rotimi Adelola and other members of his cabinet.
According to the governor the dream of upgrading the former College of Education to a University has been on for a long time and it was a dream shared by all indigenes of the state.
“As a government and people we will partner with you to see that your dream of making the institution a distinctive academic centre of excellence is actualised. Education is a major trajectory of development. We will do everything to make sure that you succeed”.
Governor Mimiko expressed confidence in the Vice-Chancellor’s ability and capability to succeed based on his known track records in the academic world.
Earlier, in his speech Professor Richard King said upon his assumption of office on Monday, he was in the Governor’s office to show himself as the first Vice-Chancellor of AFUED, a University owned by Federal Government but would be beneficial to the Indigenes of the state.
He noted that his principal goal is to transform the erstwhile College to a University of International standard.
“The intention is not to create another University. We will come up with unique programmes that would make the University distinctive. We cannot achieve this alone. We will work with the State government and will be seeking for your assistance when necessary to facilitate our objective”. The Vice-Chancellor said.
After signing the visitor’s register, the governor presented gifts to the Vice-Chancellor and the visit was rounded up with group photograph in the governor’s office