UK group donates N28m books to UI

Tunde Ajaja

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Prof Idowu Olayinka, has applauded the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom, for donating 394 books in various areas of Chemistry worth £57,943 (N28m) to the institution’s chemistry department.

 The VC, in his appreciation message on his Facebook page on Friday, noted that the donation was facilitated by a lecturer in the department, Dr Adebola Adeyi. He also thanked the Head of Department, Prof Timothy Odiaka, for providing the N570,000 needed for the shipment of the books.

He added, “This (donation) is largely due to the immense contribution of Dr Adebola Adeyi to the development of the Royal Society of Chemistry as a member of her Water Science Forum Committee. We thank Dr Adeyi for using her network to attract donations to the university.”

 The VC said the books arrived in Ibadan on Thursday.

 Expressing her elation over the donation, Adeyi noted that the donation would go a long way in enhancing teaching, research and learning as the books covered all aspects of Chemistry and other disciplines like Pharmacy.

She added, “I am elated by the arrival of the books donated to the Department of Chemistry of our great university, because we have been on it since 2017. This was not the first time the RSC would donate books to us; the first batch, which had 34 books, was shipped to Ibadan for free. However, this batch is significant considering the number of books, which is 394.

“On behalf of staff and students of the department, I want to sincerely appreciate the Royal Society of Chemistry for their immense efforts in enhancing science in Africa via some of their activities.”

 “These include celebrating the 150 years of the periodic table in 2019 (International Year of the Periodic Table); Gas Chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS); hands-on training across Africa and conference travel grants, among others, which I am fully involved in. I’m one of the trainers for the Nigeria hub for the GC-MS training since 2016.”