By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo said for Nigeria’s education system to be revamped and move forward, everyone must be involved in the process.
He spoke while unveiling the N67.4 million Conference Centre at the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State.
Obasanjo described the upgrading of the building from a multi-purpose hall to a conference hall as a remarkable feat.
The conference hall was renovated and upgraded by the 2020/2021 Executives of the Bells University Parents’ Forum (BUPF).
Obasanjo, who is also the promoter of the institution, commended the BUPF for building a world class conference centre for students to learn in a conducive environment and also for the benefit of humanity.
The former President said that improving the quality of education and moving education forward was everyone’s responsibility, describing the facility as an effort towards making Bells University one of the best tertiary institutions in the country.
“Education is the collective responsibility of everybody and by bringing resources together it would help the nation accomplish sustainable national development,’’ he said.
Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, Vice-Chancellor of the institution, commended the BUPF for the project and also for making themselves available to assist the institution in infrastructure development.
Ojediran promised to interface with the forum for various purposes, while announcing that the institution’s forthcoming Matriculation and Convocation would be held at the centre.
BUPF Chairman, Mr Rotimi Dosunmu commended the management of the University and parents for their support, which, he said, was not taken for granted.
The chairman said that the executives of BUPF spent over N75,559, 346 on various projects within the last nine months, listing some of the projects to include reading rooms in all the halls of residence, facemasks, sanitisers and handbags for all students.
Others projects were the roofing of the students’ sport pavilion, renovation and upgrading of the conference centre.