The 1990 set of the Department of Economic and Management, University of Ibadan, donated books worth 20 million naira to their Alma mater on Friday.
The set led by Prof Francis Fashanu paid a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Babatunde Ekanola where they highlighted their plans.
The event was doubled to celebrate the life of Baba Stephen Adebisi Fashanu who is the father of Prof Francis Fashanu.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Ekanola in his remarks, expressed his gratitude to the 1990 set of the Department of Economics and Management saying the provision will improve the academic exposure of students at various levels in the department.
He urged other set at various faculties of the university to emulate the act of giving back to their foundation.
“We must sincerely show our deepest gratitude to this act as we are impressed to see that students of this great institution doing well in life and having at the back of their minds that they need to give back to the school.
“We must not alone leave the government to do all things as our little contribution is needed in the development of this great institution and we are grateful for this act which will surely help a lot in helping the students as well as their lecturers.” he said.
Head of Department, Prof Adeola Adenikinju commended the ex student that the current generation needs their help and the department is ready to collaborate with stakeholders to push the department forward.
He said: “My vision is to collaborate with stakeholders to make the Department to be the foremost Department of Economics in Africa that is strong, relevant, and respected nationally and internationally and in achieving this vision, seek collaborations with key stakeholders, including related departments across the globe, alumni of the department, international development partners, public and private sector institutions, and others.
“We are happy to receive you as this will send messages to many across the globe on the importance of giving back to their Alma mater. We are so grateful to this set for the kind gesture and we will ensure it get to all and fully imparted.”
Professor Francis Fashanu, speaking on behalf of set said it is important to give back to the foundation that create way for many of them to be who they are today.
“We are successful today because of how we were treated here. Many of us had nothing but we witnessed a lot of goodies that pushed us to what we are today.” he said.