Many great things can be said about our great citadel since its inception. We have seen the good, the bad and the somewhat petrifying. The historical fabric of this school is gradually being sewn.
It is, therefore, not out of place to wonder what the future holds for FUOYE in a decade from now. Will her tales be that of a great institution or that of an institution that cannot hold its own?
There are a lot of philosophical standpoints about how the past, present and future occur. Regardless of the philosophical perspective from which we choose to see things, the fact remains that we have seen the past we are in the present and we might as well tell the future.
Though an unknown variable, the future is a by-product of the past and present. Mathematically, when you know two variables finding a third becomes a piece of cake, But this is not mathematics, it is not possible to arrive at a perfect answer.
However, there is no gainsaying that individually we all have a vague picture of what we think the future looks like.
From the University’s Oye Campus, an air of optimism blows through the green and white gates; it echoes through the main auditorium; travels through the faculty of law and carries the beat from the theatre building throughout the continent of Africa and the world.
“This university will be able to hold its own.”
These were the golden words of the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Kayode Soremekun.
Obviously, he sways along with the air of optimism like most students on campus. The Vice-Chancellor sees an eighteen-year-old institution that will thrive in facilities, teaching, research and community engagements.
At Phase 3 of the University, I met Jumoke a first-year student of Criminology and Security Studies. When I posed the question to her she was all smiles as if she was seeing FUOYE metamorphose into a school for stand up comedy.
“I don’t know…it will be good noni,” she said.
As I probed further, it appeared she had been hit by the same air that keeps the Vice-Chancellor believing in the future of FUOYE.
“I’ve not spent much time in FUOYE but from what I’m seeing currently, I think a lot would have been put in place in 10 years. I’m sure FUOYE will be better, the current management is trying its best, though, it could do more but it’s trying I see good things for FUOYE sha.”
We might not have given a lot of thought to what the future looks like but it’s in there somewhere. When we consciously look for it, we will find that we have orchestrated a tomorrow based on yesterday and today.
“It will be the best in Ekiti state,” Tolu, a fourth-year student of Psychology, says.
I didn’t even have to force the answers out of him. He was so sure in fact that he spoke with the certainty of a soothsayer. He beamed with much optimism.
“There will be state of the art infrastructure to accommodate more students,” he said while reiterating that it will be the best in the state.
One would naturally think that despite the shortcomings of this institution, there will be an unprecedented level of pessimism but, judging by the words of many around campus, there is a general understanding that things do not just get better. The precariousness we have seen over the years is somehow necessary for growth.
No wonder Ayodeji from Mathematics said: “All the problems we have now will be a thing of the past, FUOYE as a lot to get used to.”
As a student myself, when Ayodeji said these words, it got me thinking. Could this be why everyone is optimistic that things will get better? Could this be why Tolu says it will be the best in the state or why Jumoke has high hopes because we have a lot to get used to. Where does the surety come from? How do we know FUOYE will get used to things and be better after ten years?
When asked for his opinion, the president of the faculty of Arts students’ association, Olaosebikan Jegede only reiterated that “FUOYE is a budding school and will, in ten years, be able to compete with top universities in the country.”
“Forget the high fees, forget the issues…FUOYE is a good school.”
Goosebumps! He spoke the words so quickly with so much certainty that I was proud of being part of this institution.
“The last that is going to be the best,” this was the response of Daniel Whyte, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Union of Campus Journalists, FUOYE chapter when he was asked about the future of FUOYE.
“I’m very optimistic about the future of FUOYE,” he added.
Backing his optimism, he notes that FUOYE has made relatively more significant strides compared to sister universities created alongside it.
Daniel admits that “There is news we aren’t proud of but these setbacks won’t hinder the giant strides we will make nationally and internationally in years to come.”
“Rome wasn’t built in a day, the things that are happening now will coalesce into a formidable future for this university,” he added.
We want FUOYE to compete with the likes of OAU, UI, and UNILAG. We are doing it already, we’re gradually making a mark that won’t be forgotten. So let the Whytes, Jumokes, Jegedes, Tolus and many others who have been hit by a wave of optimism continue, not just to believe, but imbue themselves with the skills to compete on a global level.
We are FUOYE. FUOYE is not the building nor the management but the students. Therefore, let us stretch the wings of this citadel and scale altitudes no one knew existed.
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