UNIOSUN Welcomes Visiting Faculty, Professor Bewaji, From Jamaica

– SODIQ YUSUF, TOYYIB OMOWALE

The Provost, College of Humanities, Osun State University, Professor Temitope Balogun yesterday said that the institution is pleased to host Professor John Bewaji of the Institute of Diaspora in the University of West Indies, Jamaica who will be teaching courses in the Department of Philosophy as a visiting lecturer.

Professor Balogun who spoke through Professor Olukoya Ogen of the Department of History and International Studies, stated this at a reception held in honour of Professor Bewaji noting that the immeasurable contributions of the faculty to knowledge is what the new Department needs to fully fulfill its mandate.

In her separate remark, the Head of Department of Philosophy and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Prof. Ebunoluwa Oduwole maintained that the addition of Professor Bewaji to the retinue of academics in the Department is a plus for the University and will positively impact the students of the institution.

Prof. Oduwole also expressed gratitude to the erudite scholar for donating books and other incentives for the use of UNIOSUN students and staff.

“He is one of the few trained Philosophy scholars in Nigeria. He has been in Jamaica for over three decades. I know his worth and what he is able to do. While we were trying to get books for the Department’s library, I thought of him and what he could do for us. He gave us equipment for our e-library. He gave us some books. He promised to send a catalogue of 200 e-books, a software with which we can access books, he also proposed an interaction between the College and Institute of Diaspora in the University of West Indies, Jamaica and the University of Lagos. The students have the books, equipments and also have access to him to discuss with him Epistemology, one of the core areas of Philosophy. We have a lot to gain from him”, Professor Oduwole said.

Responding, the Professor of Philosophy, Professor John Bewaji said that he is pleased to identify with UNIOSUN and ready to advance the course of knowledge in the Ivory Tower.

According to him, academics, asides being repository of knowledge who link the past with the present and the future, must ensure that they provide students with the necessary tools to change the world and compete favourably with global standards.

Speaking on his donations to the Department’s library, he added, “Knowledge at large is advancing everyday. We cannot compare what obtained in the past with what is happening now. We cannot continue to teach these young ones with the books of yesteryears. We have to be able to relate what we teach to the current trends so as to help them innovate ideas that will further change the world.

“Overtime, the kind of books that we have are deeply rooted in the events of the past. Yes, they are vital to us and very important but we cannot dwell on it for long. What we need to do as researchers is to come out of our shell and advance knowledge by linking what has been done with what we have now.

“The younger generation deserves to be trained better than before. They have a new world that is advancing and growing daily. That is why we have to use the knowledge of the past to help solve today’s problems and bequeath unto our students, the legacy of being able to solve the problems of their own generation and the ones to come.”

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