Former Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoS), Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, yesterday, stressed the need to promote scholarship, integrity, team spirit, enterprise, and responsiveness among key officers in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
Afolabi, who spoke on Leadership and Governance In Higher Education, gave the charge during a two-day retreat for members of the university’s Governing Council, provost, deans, directors, and Head of Departments at the Igbinedion University Okada (IUO) in Edo State.
He stressed the need for members of the Governing Council, provost, deans, and heads of departments of the institution to imbibe the university’s core values of scholarship, integrity, team spirit, enterprise and responsiveness, among others.
Director-General, National Office For Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr. Dan-Azumi Mohammed Ibrahim, delivered another lecture on Promotion Of Academic Integrity Through Research: The Role of IPPTO.
Declaring the retreat open, Deputy Chancellor of the university and former Governor of Edo State, Lucky Igbinedion, said the event was aimed at ensuring that participants were refreshed on modern trends as leaders in their different offices.
In his remarks, Pro-Chancellor of IUO, Prof. Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah, said the programme is aimed at promoting scholarship, integrity, team spirit, enterprise, and responsiveness among key officers in the university.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, said the retreat sought to build a vibrant university culture among leaders for change and sustainability.
A high point of the event was the presentation of plaques to the keynote speakers, Prof. Afolabi Ibrahim by Lucky Igbinedion.
Member, Governing Council of the university, Lady Celerina Ojomo, Dean of the Goodluck Ebelle Jonathan College of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Tunde Agara, Dean, College of Engineering, Dr. Roland Azike and Head of Department, Mass Communication, Dr. Melody Airen, described the retreat as worthwhile.