Osun State University today marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the institution with a symposium held at the main campus of the University in Osogbo, capital of Osun State.
The symposium with the theme: “UNIOSUN Yesterday, Today and in the Future” was designed to evaluate the existence of the university in the past ten years and ensure a better future for the institution in line with the vision of its founding fathers.
Former Vice Chancellors of the university including Professor Basiru Okesina and Professor Ganiyu Olatunde were among the discussants at the symposium which took place at Olagunsoye Oyinlola Auditorium.
The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Ibadan School of Governance and Public Policy, Dr Tunji Olaopa was the Chairman of the symposium. The Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Education and Finance in the state also joined the representatives of the students and the alumni association of the university as discussants during the symposium.
In his opening remarks, Dr Olaopa congratulated the management of UNIOSUN for the successes recorded by the university in the past and tasked the management to buckle up to take the institution to a greater height.
In their separate remarks, former acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde and former Vice Chancellor, Prof Basir Okesina said UNIOSUN was established on a solid foundation.
They noted that the university had rapid growth because of the proper funding and the autonomy it enjoyed when it was established and expressed worry that the institution was also suffered inadequate funding now owing to the global economic recession.
The duo said the relatively stable funding it enjoyed assisted the pioneer management of the university to mount several courses and established collaborations with educational institutions across the globe, the development that instantly put the institution in global reckoning.
While speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Labode Popoola, said the university organised the symposium to enable it keep track of the objectives behind its establishment and charged the staff of the university to rededicate themselves to the duties.
Prof Popoola maintained that only the diligent, committed, intelligent and resourceful staff could assist the university to achieve the goal of producing best graduates that can compete with their counterparts in any part of the world.