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Ooni pushes for co-operation between OAU, community for development

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has challenged
tertiary institutions to ensure that their host communities benefit from
their research findings for holistic and balanced development for both.
Ogunwusi
told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ile-Ife, Osun, that this would
further advance the gown-town relationship between towns and citadels
of learning.
The monarch told NAN that there was no working
relationship between the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and community
that could have further uplifted the status of the town culturally,
agriculturally and in other sectors.
The monarch also said that
the university had not been supporting the developmental plans of the
ancient town in empowering its youths in agriculture, cultural
orientations and others.
“The community donated a large expanse of
land to the institution in a befitting environment to operate where it
has been experiencing peace since its establishment in 1962.
“The institution uses the statue of the legendary Oduduwa as part of its logo, meaning that it appreciates culture.
“Also,
its motto is “For Learning and Culture’’ symbolises that the town
(community) and the gown (academic community ) must work together for
the public interest.

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“Also,
the indigenes of the town have been cooperating with the institution,
thus making the institution to operate in a hitch-free learning
environment, ” he said.
Ogunwusi urged the authorities of OAU to
come to the aid of the community for both to form a formidable working
relationship for the good of all.
He, therefore, appealed to the
institution’s authorities to continue upholding what was contained in
its motto by impacting the cultural knowledge to the younger generation.
The
monarch said that the institution needed to give back in return to the
community that had been accommodating it in the spirit of corporate
social responsibilities.
“We are not asking for too much, we just
wanted the institution to empower some of the indigent youths from the
ancient town and its environs on agriculture, culture and other areas
that will make them become self-reliant.’’
This is because the future of our youths in the community matters most to us their leaders, he said.
“I
will like to use this medium to call on the authorities of the
institution to establish a good working relationship and plans of action
with Ife community,” he said.

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