The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has described the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, as a very unique institution of higher learning which combines academic excellence with cultural juvenation.
Governor Amosun stated this when the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede paid him a courtesy visit in his office, at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.
He lauded the Federal Government for expectedly and rewardingly naming a first class, world rated university after a renowned political giant who was an indigene of Ogun State.
The Governor also thanked the management of OAU for deeming it fit to honour Professor Wole Soyinka, whom he described as a world citizen. He pledged the total support of his administration for whatever OAU was contemplating in terms immortalizing the first Africans Nobel Laureate in Literature.
Governor Amosun stated that Professor Soyinka has not only made indelible marks in his chosen career, he is also a research material for students who seek higher knowledge in Arts and Culture, describing Soyinka as a living history and continuous reference in ancient and contemporary drama and literature.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, has appreciated Governor Amosun for “flooding his cabinet with OAU graduate explaining why his administration is recording grandiloquent success on a daily basis”
Professor Ogunbodele then informed the Governor that OAU has perfected plans to transform Soyinka’s campus house, when he was lecturing in OAU, to a museum where antiquities of arts and culture will be kept so that future generation will know who Wole Soyinka is and his literary exploits.
The Vice-Chancellor who commended Governor Amosun for being the number one Governor promoting African values, culture and tradition, thanked Ogun State for the immense contributions of her indigenes in making OAU a first class university, describing people like Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Professor Wole Soyinka, among others as good pillars upon whom the OAU rests.