By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Chancellor of Dominican University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Anthony Akinwale, has described PDP’s former Vice Presidential Candidate, Mr Peter Obi, as a lover of good society who shows interest in critical areas required to build a good society.
Giving such areas as education, health and poverty alleviation, Akinwale, who spoke to journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, when Obi led a team of the university’s Governing Council to pay a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, said Obi’s legacies in education, health and contributions to economic growth, remained outstanding and exemplary.
He disclosed that Obi, who is the Pro Chancellor of Dominican University, had always worked for the interest of the university.
Speaking during the meeting of the University’s Governing Council with Governor Makinde, Prof Akinwale said the Dominican Order of Preachers had established different universities in every continent of the world, since 1901, when the first Dominican University was established.
He said that Dominican University, Ibadan, was the first Dominican University on the African continent, and that all their undergraduate courses had been fully accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). He also said that their hospital, St Dominic’s Catholic Hospital in Ibadan, was the biggest hospital managed by the Dominican Sisters and served humanitarian purposes.
In his response, Gov Makinde assured of continued partnership between the Church and the State. He said he was born in a Catholic hospital and had always supported Church institutions.
The Governor, appreciating the fact that the University was a non-profit organization, assured of government’s support and noted also that the choice of the Dominican Order of Preachers to establish in Ibadan, their first University in Africa, showed the love they had for the state and assured that the state would protect their interests.
Appreciating Makinde for his warm reception, Obi urged him to remain committed to investments in education and health as they remained the most critical areas of development of any nation.