ADEKUNLE Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, has named its newly completed 500-capacity lecture hall after the late South African icon, Nelson Mandela.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Femi Mimiko, described the late Mandela as the most outstanding individual in this age, who deserved to be honoured in many ways
He said, “our duty here this afternoon is to simply unveil a name that the University Council had graciously approved several months ago to give to this edifice that has just been delivered. This is our little way of demonstrating how much confidence we have in the life and times of a very great man, Nelson Mandela.
“The entire purpose is to underscore the fact that here was a man who was born an African, who lived like an African, but grew and had the stature of the best that humanity had ever produced.”
He added, “We are here to celebrate this truly great man that God decided to give to this continent of Africa. His life was a perfect example of perseverance. In a world that is characterised by violence and division, he stood tall as a man of love. It is to this great man that this building is being named. For us, the life of Nelson Mandela is an open page to read, and to see how appropriately we should pattern our lives.”
He urged the University community to imbibe the morals of the late Madiba, saying, “What Mandela represented, what he still represents in our mind, and will continue to represent in the consciousness of people for years to come are those great values that I also want us to embrace as a University — values of hard work, dedication, perseverance and love. Any organisation and life that are built on such values will endure and continue to do well.”
According to Mimiko, the University’s commitment to continuous training and re-training of its manpower is deliberate and designed to make the workforce 21st-century compliant.
The VC noted that AAUA is among the few institutions taking the lead as far as compliance with the reporting format of the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) is concerned, and stated that two top officers in the Bursary department were recently sent abroad on IPSAS training to ensure that the university’s financial statement is in line with IPSAS.