Another historic milestone has taken place at the Federal University of Technology, Akure with the commissioning of an ultra-modern bookshop for the useof staff, students, the University community, institutions in and around Akure and the general public.

The Vice-Chancellor ­, Professor Adebiyi Daramola said during the commissioning that teaching, learning and research in any educational setting can only flourish when a befitting bookshop and library are in place among other teaching and learning facilities.

Prof. Daramola who described the development as a major milestone appreciated the efforts of the former Vice-Chancellor ­ of the University, Prof. Peter O. Adeniyi to establish a bookshop in 2005/2006 session which resulted in theconstruction of the building housing the bookshop today. He said the bookshop will be operated on Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement with Havillah Group of Companies.

Speaking on the operation ofthe bookshop, Prof. Daramola promised that the University management would facilitate patronage.

He however advised Havillah Merchants (Nigeria) Ltd to develop aggressive and productive marketing strategies and the best services in the book sale industry.

In his address, the University Librarian, Mr. F. Z. Oguntuase commended the vision and effort of the Vice-Chancellor ­ and his team for their desire to have a bookshop and the urgency attached to its establishment. He also urgedthe University community to avail themselves of the opportunity of the bookshop by patronizing it.

While addressing the gathering, Mr. Lanre Adesuyi, the Chief Executive Officer of Havillah Group of Companies, congratulated the Vice-Chancellor ­ and appealed to the entire University community to warmly embrace the bookshop as their own baby and nourish it to maturity through constant patronage.

The Vice-Chancellor ­, Professor Adebiyi Gregory Daramola represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ­ (Academic), Professor Emmanuel Adedayo Fasakin, later cut the tape to commission the new bookshop located in the heart of the campus.

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