… As Bursary Department Gets Another Deputy Bursar

There is a famous saying that legacies rate life. With this assumption being true, the success of every administration should be measured by its commitment to staff development and motivation through appointments and promotion for talent retention. For a management team led by an iconic development economist and a manager of no mean reputation, there is no way one would have expected something less.

At the commencement of this administration, Professor Anthony Akinlo declared that his management team would ensure that no one is denied promotion as long as all stipulated criteria are met by the candidate aspiring for elevation. True to his words, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, the current administration has defied all odds to deliver on this dream of inspiring productivity and retaining top talents toward building a solid and enduring institution that can compete with its counterparts anywhere in the world.

The interviews which were held a few weeks ago for the positions of Director of Chaplaincy and Deputy Bursar, respectively, were no secret. However, hearts and thoughts were fixed on the would-be- outcome of the exercise, bearing in mind the earlier promise of the Vice-Chancellor on the grounds of competence and merit – the internal candidates not lacking in any. Upon receipt of the appointment letters signed by the Registrar, Mr. Olukayode Akindele, the tension was over as news about the elevation of the duo of Deputy University Chaplain, Pastor Olugbenga Akosile, to the position of substantive Director of the Directorate of the Chaplaincy and Counselling and the University Chief Accountant, Mrs Patience Saliu, to Deputy Bursar at the Bursary Department filled the university community.

Pastor Akosile obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Chemistry from the prestigious University of Ibadan in 1983. He later bagged a Master of Education in Educational Evaluation from the same University. He has over four decades of pre- and post-graduation work experiences that cover banking, the educational sector, and chaplaincy. He has had extensive training locally and abroad and is a member of many prestigious professional bodies. He joined the service of the University in April; 2007. He became Deputy Director of Chaplaincy and Counselling in September 2017. He has, over the years, raised and mentored thousands of youth leaders who have become successful in their God-given careers and ministries.

Also on the elevation list is Mrs Patience Saliu, an alumna of Redeemer’s University, appointed as Deputy Bursar. She is a top-notch chartered accountant with over 20 years of work experience in manufacturing and higher education. She received the 2019 Best Senior Admin and Technical Staff Award. She is a 2017 Master of Science Management graduate of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, where she specialised in accounting. She is currently a Doctoral candidate in the Accounting Department of the University.

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