Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has called for a robust maintenance culture in the management of public institutions and an end to the prevalent neglect of public buildings in Nigeria.
During the commissioning of two projects at the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) on Friday, Governor Adeleke expressed his concern over the common practice of neglecting public buildings after their initial commissioning. He lamented that such negligence results in the loss of public resources expended on constructing these facilities.
The Governor emphasized the need to abandon the negative label associated with the “Nigerian culture” concerning the neglect, abandonment, and wastage of public buildings due to a lack of maintenance. He stressed that the nation could save significant resources if bureaucrats and public managers implemented and enforced protocols for properly managing public buildings.
Governor Adeleke assured that enforcing a maintenance culture would be a priority in Osun State as we advance. He directed the university management to implement strict maintenance practices for the newly commissioned projects, emphasizing that maintaining public buildings does not require significant costs.
“We will save much money if we properly maintain our public buildings and facilities. We have witnessed many magnificent public buildings go to waste due to a lack of maintenance. We cannot allow the same fate to befall the buildings we commission today,” the Governor stated.
Furthermore, Governor Adeleke approved the construction of a link road leading to the Folorunsho Alakija Teaching Hospital. The commissioned projects included a 320-bed hostel funded from the university’s internally generated revenue and the completion of the previously abandoned 57-office complex at the College of Health Sciences in Isale-Osun, Osogbo.
Commending the Vice Chancellor and his management team for their efforts, Governor Adeleke emphasized the significance of the commissioning ceremony for his administration. He acknowledged the release of funds to complete abandoned projects and the approval for new projects within the university.
The Governor encouraged the Osun State University to serve as a model for state institutions in Nigeria. He expressed his support for the university’s growth, urged the maintenance of high standards, and emphasized the importance of world-class academic practices.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University, Prof Odunayo Clement Adeboye, provided an overview of the two projects and the ongoing construction of the multi-billion naira Teaching Hospital, donated by the university’s Chancellor, Dr. Folorunso Alakija.
Prof Adeboye expressed gratitude to Governor Adeleke for the approval and funding that enabled the completion of the College of Health Sciences projects, which had been abandoned since 2009. He acknowledged the Governor’s consistent support for the university since assuming office in November.
The commissioning ceremony served as an occasion for the university management and staff unions to honor Governor Adeleke for his significant support.