THE Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, has been adjudged the best state university in Nigeria for the year 2016. Two of its graduates also obtained First Class honours at the Bar Final Examination.
According to the Head, Corporate Affairs Division of the university, the award was conferred on the university by the Institute for Governance Research, Leadership and Technology at a colourful event that took place on Friday, 28 October, 2016 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
While reading the citation of the university, the chairman, Technical Committee of the institute, Professor John Akanya, said that OOU was adjudged the best based on its outstanding performance in university infrastructure development and management; expertise in staff recruitment; competence in students’ admission administration, training and development, as well as proficiency in university asset protection and security staff management.
Other areas where the university excelled include campus general performance, operational excellence and management; compliance with professional codes, ethical standards and strategy; and compliance with government regulatory laws and guidelines.
While receiving the award on behalf of the university, the vice chancellor, Professor Saburi Adejimi Adesanya, thanked the institute for exhibiting due diligence and high ethical standard in the assessment process.
Professor Adesanya reminded the audience that in 2014, the National Universities Commission (NUC) had also ranked OOU as the best state university in Nigeria.
“I was not surprised when OOU was chosen this year for the premier award by your organisation,” he enthused, affirming that the university had witnessed great transformation in the areas of physical infrastructure and academic development.
While dedicating the award to the staff and students of the university for their cooperation, Adesanya assured the gathering that the university would not rest on its laurels but sustain the tempo of development.
It emerged that graduates of the university have also continued to maintain their impeccable performances at the Nigerian Bar Final Examinations. Two of them obtained First Class honours at this year’s Bar Examinations.
Both candidates – Oludare Subomi Onakoya and Oyeleke Samson Oyeniran –graduated from OOU with Second Class honours (Upper Division).
The Law School revealed further that the graduates from the university recorded over 97 per cent pass in the 2016 Bar Examinations, the highest pass rate for this year.
At the 2011 Bar Final Examination, three of the university’s graduates had also obtained First Class honours.