NAHCO chairman donates library facility to Joseph Ayo Babalola University

*L-R: Vice Chancellor, Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Prof. Prof Olasebikan Fakolujo, general superintendent, Pastor E. O. Adejobi, President, CAC Nigeria and Overseas, Pastor Samuel Oladele, chairman, NAHCO Plc, Dr Seinde Fadeni, his wife, Mrs. Ebundola Fadeni and the general evangelist, CAC, Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji, during the cutting of tape to declare the Library open.

The chairman, board of directors of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, Dr. Seinde Fadeni, has donated a multi-million naira library block to the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji – Arakeji, Osun State.

Speaking at the hand-over of keys of the library to the president, CAC Nigeria and Overseas, Pastor Samuel Oladele, Fadeni said it is important that students are assisted to learn especially with the high level of distractions in the modern world.

He said the mobile phone has somewhat destroyed the reading culture but added that there are still many students who are interested in reading.

“The students don’t want to read anymore and you can’t really blame them. In someone’s phone alone, you can find about ten social media apps. The world is becoming something else. But those who are ready to read, who are ready to study and to focus, we should assist them in achieving what they want to achieve,” he said.

He promised to make the library conducive and equipped as a modern learning facility for all cadres of students from undergraduate to doctorate levels.

Fadeni also assured that he would still do more than just donate the building.
“The physical body is there. I have given you my word; by the grace of God, whatever is supposed to be in a modern library, the computers, the shelves, and other things would be provided.”

In his remarks, the vice chancellor of the institution, Prof Olasebikan Fakolujo, praised the Nahco chairman pointing out that Fadeni’s kindness and generosity exemplify his commitment to education and societal progress.

“We have this magnificent edifice, which stands out of all the structures on campus and compares favourably with some of the best library buildings in the first – generation universities in Nigeria, as fulfilment of the promise made by the donor.

“The Dr Seinde Oladapo Fadeni Library is a multi-million naira three-storey building which at this particular time is praiseworthy. The gesture is dear to us as a university community,” he added.

Fakolujo pointed out that there was no iota of doubt that one of the critical challenges facing Nigeria today is the lack of modern library facilities that support development and strengthen the country’s university education system.

He noted that by investing in a library Fadeni was indirectly contributing to the strengthening of not only the country’s university system, but also the very bedrock of nation building.