IUO 20th Anniversary (Founder’s Day)



On Friday May 10th,2019, guests arrived in droves to Igbinedion University, Okada, to join the founder, Chief Sir, Dr Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion to celebrate the physical culmination of his vision, Igbinedion University, Okada. He was flanked by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar , Deputy Governor of the State Philip Shaibu, Nike Akande, former Minister of Industry, and a former Governor of the State as well as Deputy Chancellor of Igbinedion, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, to name just a few of the dignitaries in attendance.
This twenty year old story is one that speaks of a desire to bequeath to future generations university education of international standard where the academic calendar is run without interruption.
General Abubakar, who granted the Institution its operational license, was also the Chairman of the event and looked back with nostalgia at how it all started:“This historic approval provided a unique platform and opened a space for private intervention in the provision of tertiary education in Nigeria and resulted in the presentation of certificate 001 to Chief Sir Dr. Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, CFR.”
The guest lecturer, Professor Munzali Jibril, took out time to share his thoughts on the ideal requirements for a model private institution and the necessary components that would sustain it, such as multiple sources of funding with the objective of achieving excellence, and adequate teaching and research facilities.
Those at the helm of affairs believe that a lot has been achieved in two decades and after a long period of much joy, the belief is that there will be even more cause for celebration in the future and that Igbinedion University will continue on its journey to provide quality education for Nigerians.