By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has that said his wife’s generosity and philanthropic gestures have challenged him to also give back to the society.
The Governor disclosed this on Thursday during the commissioning ceremony of a multi-million naira Information Technology Building (ICT) built by his wife, Dr (Mrs) Florence Ajimobi and donated to The Polytechnic, Ibadan her alma mater as part of activities to mark her 59th birthday anniversary.
He called on all well-meaning individuals, corporate organisations in the society to emulate her wife by giving back to improve the society whatever God has endowed them with.
‘’The greatest form of godliness is service to humanity; It is not what you say but what you do. Let us learn to give back to the society even if it is not our alma mater in terms of schools, parents and other ways,” he maintained.
He described her wife as a quintessential achiever whose was passionate about impacting lives and making the society a better place to live in.
Governor Ajimobi also charged the management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan to embark on research that is demand –driven in order to put the institution on a higher pedestal among other institutions.
In her address, wife of the governor, Mrs. Ajimobi, who expressed her profound gratitude to God for making the project a reality and for sparing her life to witness the day, said it was her hope that the well equipped facility would open new vistas of opportunities to all those who are privileged to use it.
She pointed out that the wonders of ICT and how it has changed the world due to its influence engulfed her with a burning passion to spread its gospel as far as she could.
The Oyo first lady noted that the facility constructed at the old Bursary area of the North Campus of the institution, is the fourth of its kind to be donated by her, having built similar ones at Our Lady Of Appostle High School, Odo-Ona, Ibadan, Ajayi Crowther University ,Oyo and at the premises of her office complex.
‘’I have built and completely equipped three ICT centres which are today operating at the maximum capacity; I am donating the fourth to my alma mater, The Polytechnic, Ibadan because I realize there is a great intervention in this institution,’’ she said.
Mrs Ajimobi, who graduated 40 years ago from the institution, charged the management not to allow the building become a shadow of itself few years from now by giving priority to its maintenance.
She enjoined all to, in their little ways, give back to the society, adding that, that was one of the ways to ensure rapid growth and development in the society.
Earlier in his address, Chairman, Governing Council of the institution, Professor Isaac Adeyemi appreciated the commitment of Mrs. Ajimobi on the uplift of the institution.
According to him, the donation would no doubt further enhance the quality of training in the institution, while appealing to products of the institution to rise to contribute their quota to the development of the institution as being practiced globally.