An emeritus Professor of Economics, Ibi Ajayi, has donated his well-stocked private library to Dominican University, Samonda, Ibadan.
The varsity don said the gesture was to provide for students and scholars access to resources that could help them expand the frontiers of their knowledge, especially in his chosen field of economics.
Ajayi believed that the donation would help boost human capital development, which is the hallmark of qualitative university education.
Receiving the donation at a ceremony held at the Tom and Carolyn Walker of the university, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Anthony Akinwale, commended the university don for his magnanimity and readiness to always support the cause of humanity.
Akinwale said, “Indeed, Prof. Ajayi’s donation of his immensely rich library to the Dominican University is a gesture that clearly surpasses generosity. Ajayi is a well-known economist who distinguished himself by placing his expertise at the service of the University of Ibadan, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the African Development Bank, to mention a few.”
The vice-chancellor added that the impact of the library was already beginning to bear fruits in the lives of students and beneficiaries of the university.
“This gift immortalizes you, but we still owe you a gift, and the gift is for us to ensure that this gift you have given us is well kept and put to good use for the benefits of the academic community and the public,” Prof Akinwale said.
The university’s Rev. Father Modestus Ngwu also commended Ajayi for his selflessness, saying, “knowledge is the greatest thing we celebrate today. Today we celebrate the donation of an Economic library by Prof. Ajayi.”
Also at the ceremony were the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Felix Alaba Job and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province, Gabriel Abegunrin, among others.