No Fake Professors in FUO – Prof. Karim
January 8, 2024
Sequel to the report making waves and going viral in the public, as a result of the decision that followed the discovery of an investigative report by Daily Nigerian Newspaper titled “UNDERCOVER: How DAILY NIGERIAN reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks” published last week. By @Theumar_audumade while the federal government announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo on January 2, 2024.
Subsequently, the Vice Chancellor of Fountain University Osogbo, FUO, Prof. Olayinka Ramota Karim has emphatically stated it that the citadel of learning doesn’t have record of fake professors.
The statement was disclosed during an interactive session with the media at a press briefing held on Monday, January 8, 2024 in Osogbo in preparation for the 13th convocation ceremony of the institution. Prof. Olayinka Ramota Karim who happens to be the first female and fourth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the esteemed institution, Fountain University, Osogbo spoke about this.
“I’m confidently saying it, that, no staff of Fountain University Osogbo has fake certificate nor do we have fake professors in our citadel of learning. Besides, most universities in Nigeria have debunked the names of Professors on the list going viral that none of the names mentioned are in their institutions, so it’s important that we are careful with information that are being carried around, let’s endeavour to always verify information.”
Consequently, she unveiled the landmark activities the school has been able to achieve since her resumption in office, highlighted the programmes in the pipeline and more importantly shed light on the activities lined up for the week-long convocation ceremony programme which started yesterday, Sunday with special thanksgiving prayer and the maiden Walimat-ul Qur’an graduation for 15 graduands of the institution.
She however, appreciated the BOT, Governing Council, NAṢFAT, Heads of Departments and Units, along with other members of the senate, level advisers, and all senior and junior staff, both teaching and non-teaching, for their unalloyed support and cooperation.
“Your collective efforts have played an indispensable role in achieving the landmark success we celebrate on this grand occasion. Your dedication and innovative thinking have fostered excellence in teaching, research, and community service. Additionally, your commitment has sustained a tranquil learning environment, contributing to growth. This achievement is a testament to the collaborative spirit and hard work of individuals, highlighting the strength unity brings to Fountain University.”
As the custodian of Fountain University for nearly 11 months, it is clear that with the continued dedication and support of this remarkable team, the vision to rebrand the university as a learner-centered education citadel, enhance enrolment, digitalize and internationalize the campus, create a conducive environment for development, boost internal revenue, strengthen relationships, and govern with exemplary leadership will undoubtedly be realized. “Together, we shall strive for excellence and elevate Fountain University to greater heights.”
Prof. Karim added that, “Though our current administration may be young, age alone does not determine achievements. Since assuming office on March 1st, 2023, the narrative has been one of rebranding, transformation, and remarkable achievements for the university. The 2022/2023 academic year, by the grace of Allah (SWT), has witnessed monumental accomplishments and feats for which I cannot claim sole credit. My inaugural address to the university community emphasized “Teamwork for Greater Fountain University,” and the spirit of teamwork has been pivotal in our success.”
“Our university, as a rapidly growing entity, continues to showcase excellence in academics and research, achieving new milestones under my leadership. Once again, I take pride in recounting the numerous achievements and feats that our university has celebrated, marking the commencement of the 13th Convocation Ceremony, which began yesterday, Sunday, January 7, 2024 with a Walimat-ul- Qu’ran as an Islamic-faith based institution.”
Some of the success stories: ACADEMIC MATTERS. All academic programmes have secured full accreditation status from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their respective professional bodies, ensuring their recognition and compliance with established standards.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION HUB & TECHNOLOGICAL INTEGRATION. Recognizing the crucial role of research and innovation in intellectual progress, Fountain University inaugurated the Centre for Research, Innovation, and Technology (FUCRIT) on March 20, 2023. FUCRIT is dedicated to enhancing research capacity, fostering an enabling environment, and facilitating FUO’s growth in research. The centre comprises four units, including the FUO-NASFAT Research Unit, which coordinates and provides research grants, supporting diverse and multidisciplinary research on NASFAT and its affiliates. Three tiers of 3 million naira research grants were awarded for the 2022/2023 session. The award ceremony took place on October 11, 2023, where three Lead Researchers, Prof. Mariam Adeoye, Dr. Suliat Abdullah, and Dr. Rasheed Adebiyi, were granted 1.5 million naira,1 million naira, and 500 thousand naira, respectively, to fund their research work alongside their team members.
Prof. Majeedah Afolabi-Balogun, from the Department of Chemical Sciences, successfully secured a grant from the Cambridge-Africa Programme for early Cervical Cancer diagnosis in Nigeria in collaboration with Dr. Sara Pensa of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, showcasing the international collaborative prowess of the university.
Additionally, Prof. Abdulazeez Lawal, also from the Department of Chemical Sciences, has been recognized among the top 2% of World Researchers for 2023, affirming the university’s unwavering commitment to research excellence.
In April, the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Teaching Research in Natural Sciences for Development in Africa, United Kingdom, to support Molecular Biology and Genetic Diversity Research. This collaborative effort brought state-of-the-art equipment valued at over N148 million to the university, further enhancing research capabilities in these critical areas.
Furthermore, in the pursuit of excellence, Dr. Rasheed Adebiyi of Mass Communication department completed a 6-month post-doctoral attachment with Opolo Global Innovation Limited, Lagos. Dr. Adebiyi played a crucial role in leading the Branding and Strategic Communication in the research for Innovation, Commercialization, and Enterprise (RICE) team. This valuable experience not only enhances our research capabilities but also reinforces our commitment to bridging the gap between academia and industry.
The university’s management will launch the inaugural merit award on Thursday as part of the convocation programmes to recognize outstanding researchers, staff, and students who have made breakthrough research contributions and demonstrated significant publication record.
ADVANCEMENTS IN STUDENT ENROLMENT. With the introduction of new programmes and the revitalization of existing ones, the student enrolment is experiencing significant growth. Admission is still on-going for the 2023/2024 academic session, and all the admission procedures/processes adhere to the standards set by the Joint Admission Matriculations Board. Furthermore, postgraduate admissions are now conducted online.
In a commendable effort to promote lifelong learning and inclusivity, the university management has successfully revived the spirit of adult education. The institution now accommodates adults anxious to return to the classroom as learners. Notably, FUO currently enrols adult students in the Law and Political Science programmes, with ages ranging from 68 to 69 years.
“We are also proud to have a paramount ruler and a wife to a paramount ruler among our adult learners, demonstrating our dedication to providing educational opportunities for all.”
ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS AND LITERARY EVENTS. The university has reinvigorated its fundamental role as a hub for the exchange of research output and discussions on issues related to national development and internationalization. This was achieved through a series of seminars, lectures, workshops, and conferences, underscoring the significance of academic engagement. Each college and department embraced the responsibility of hosting these events, a feat brilliantly accomplished, as evidenced by the diverse array of activities undertaken.
COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS. “Central to our success is a firm commitment to fostering collaboration and strategic linkages with global institutions and organizations. We actively seek partnerships transcending geographical boundaries and academic disciplines to build a vibrant, globally connected academic community.”
SCHOLARSHIP ACHIEVEMENTS. In addition to the University Scholars Award designated for students with the highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) per level, per programme and the Alhaja Wosilat Aregbesola University Scholarship, which contributes N2 million annually for brilliant students, the university successfully attracted more scholarships in 2023. This on-going effort aligns with our vision of making Fountain University affordable for all students.
PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES DEVELOPMENTS. In the period since the last convocation, “we take immense pride in the successful completion of several essential building projects that have not only reshaped our physical landscape but also fortified our commitment to excellence. Some of these are Public Health and Environmental Science Laboratories and Museum; College of Arts Building; Jubrilia Ayinla 292 Bed Spaces Hostel; Olympic-sized Basketball and Tennis Courts by NAṢFAT Youth Wing; Animal House, 100 Units Solar Security Lights; NCC’s Donation of 100 Laptops & NCC’s Broadband Project; NITDA’s Digital Economy Centre & E-Learning Solution and Introduction of University Bakery to mention but a few.”
STAFF WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT. Beyond the realms of academia, the incumbent administration also embodies on all round staff development and welfare as a crucial key for the institution.
ENHANCING STUDENTS’ WELFARE. The Student Central Executive Committee was on March 30, 2023, briefed on the outlined vision and dedicated agendas of the present administration to elevate Fountain University.
“I am pleased to share that, by the grace of Almighty Allah, we have achieved significant milestones in improving students’ welfare and care. These accomplishments underscore our unwavering commitment to fostering a supportive and enriching environment for every student at Fountain University.”
The 13th FUO convocation ceremony this year will witness academic achievements of 253 outstanding individuals across sub-degree, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels and will as well be celebrated said Prof. Olayinka Ramota Karim.
“In the First Degree category, 9 will be awarded First-Class Honours, 91 will be awarded Second Class Honours (Upper Division), while 99 and 18 will be graduating in the Second Class Honours (Lower) and Third-Class categories respectively and 1 in Pass category. In the Higher Degree category, we will confer 8 Master’s Degrees across various disciplines. Additionally, 27 students will receive Diplomas in Arabic, Islamic, and International Studies. We invite you to join us in the various activities lined up for this special occasion.”
The 13th Convocation Ceremonies began yesterday with a special Asalatu and the maiden Walimatul Quran, January 7th, 2024 at the University Masjid.
The festivities continue with diverse events, including a Business pitch and Town-Gown harmony, tomorrow January 9th, aimed at empowering local businesses and fostering community unity. On Wednesday January 10th, 2024, sporting activities will take centre stage with an intervarsity football match between Fountain University and Bowen University, followed by a volleyball match featuring Fountain University Academics VS Fountain University Non-Teaching.
According to her, On Thursday January 11th, 2024, Fountain University will honour the outstanding contributions of staff, students, alumni, and community leaders at the Merit Award ceremony. This event is a tribute to the collective brilliance and unwavering dedication that defines the institution. This will be followed by a special Jummah service and a research fair/exhibition on Friday January 12th, showcasing the university’s commitment to both spirituality and academic excellence. “Our esteemed alumni will gather for a dinner in the evening, strengthening their ties with the university.”
The week culminates in the Convocation Lecture titled “From Within to Without: The Ripple Effect of University Challenges on National Destiny,” to be delivered by Professor Abdul Rasheed Na’Allah, The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja on Saturday January 13th, 2024.
The Executive Governor of Yobe State His Excellency, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni CON, will chair the lecture. The day programme will be rounded off with the commissioning of the new projects.The convocation ceremony, where, diplomas, degrees, and honorary degrees will be conferred, as this takes place on Sunday January 14th, 2024 at 10:00am prompt In Sha’a Allah.
“As we celebrate the achievements of our graduates and honour exceptional individuals, including our outgoing Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Alh. Yinka Adeola, and legal personality Mr. Wale Babalakin, SAN.”
“We reflect on the collective journey that has made Fountain University a beacon of academic excellence and holistic development. Join us in this week of joy, recognition, and a shared commitment to shaping the future.”
Some of the dignitaries at the press briefing include Mr. Sheriff Adenekan, the Registrar; Mrs. Silifat Ali-Balogun, the Bursar; and Mr. Sirajudeen Bakrin, the Acting University Librarian; Prof. A. Usman, serving as the Dean of the Postgraduate School; Deans of various Colleges, Profs A.J.K. Shittu, M.D.Adeoye, Labo-popoola, Drs O.F. Liadi, K.O. Olaniyan, and Dr. R.K. Alatishe, who hold the pivotal position of Dean of Student Affairs; Prof. G.A.Lalude, the Director of Academic Planning; Engr S.Odenike, the Director of Works and Physical Planning; and the Deputy Director of Internal Audit, Mr. I.Y. Adenarinwo; the University Public Relations Officer, Mr. Taoheed Alimi; Dr. AbdulRaheem Akintunde Adegbenga; The students of Fountain University, fondly called “The Fountaineers” were among the attendees.