UNIMED devt: Ondo JNC extols Okonofua
From Sade Adewale, Ondo
The Chairman Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) Ondo State, Comrade Abel Oloniyo has lauded the outgoing Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo, Prof. Friday Okonofua for placing UNIMED on high pedestal.
Oloniyo made the remark during a courtesy visit of members of the JNC to the Vice Chancellor in his office.
The JNC boss said the organized labour has observed with rapt interest, the commitment and doggedness of the pioneer VC to the success of the first medical university in Nigeria.
“We are here to come and see the good work that is going on here. We have heard and read a lot about this first of its kind university in Sub-Sahara Africa that you are actually pioneering. We are happy to be here and we want to identify with you on this noble development”, Oloniyo said.
‘Being a stakeholder in the Ondo State project, we felt it is high time we visit your office to wish the university well, to see what we can do for ourselves’ he added.
Comrade Oloniyo said the JNC comprising 15 affiliates is interested in the welfare of students, teaching and non-teaching staff and overall progress of the university.
‘We are aware that union activities have not started, but we know that very soon, such will come-up and whenever it kicks off we can have mutual understanding, so that our activities as unions will not impede on the progress of the institution,’ he stated.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Friday Okonofua, FAAS appreciated members of the Joint Negotiating Committee for the visit.
He revealed that the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo since establishment has not had any issue with members of staff or students.
‘I am also a comrade, I support human rights and most of my works are based on equality, social justice and human rights. I observed that when you find a chief executive having problems with staff, it is often because of misunderstanding due to lack of communication.
It is very important that the chief executive is transparent and open, that is why we set out with the TEA agenda, T for transparency, E- for effectiveness and A- for accountability.
“We have meetings every Monday with all senior staff where we address matters affecting various units of the university community’, Okonofua said.
The Vice Chancellor also appreciated the State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the entire people of Ondo State for giving the enabling environment that contributed to the success of UNIMED.
He said at the onset, Ondo was the only State in southern Nigeria without a medical school but today the state and its people are proud of a university of medical sciences, where courses like medicine and dentistry are fully accredited while those who started earlier are still struggling to get accredited.