The University of Ibadan, Nigeria, has floated a community radio station as part of efforts to actualise its ICT-driven programme delivery in line with the operation of similar programmes in the developed countries of the world, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Olufemi Bamiro has disclosed. Also the University has embarked on curriculum re-orientation through development of consumer needs-driven programmes in line with the vision of an entrepreneurial and research university, he said. He said that University of Ibadan will be more of a Post-Graduate oriented institution just as it will have specialised studies in Business with the establishment of the U.I. School of Business.
According to the, Vice-Chancellor, the time has come for the federal government to stop playing politics with the nation's university system in view of the great need to correct the present underfunding of federal government owned universities to enable them justify their mandates. Bamiro explained that the university community radio project tagged 'Diamond FM 101.1' was being floated to take teaching, learning and research programmes to the grassroots through the distance learning model. He stated that the U.I. Distance Learning Center (DLC) which currently has a student population of about 5,000 is projected to have a student population of about 40,000 in the next five years, hence, the need to expand the present facilities to achieve conducive environment and ICI-driven programme delivery in line with the operation of similar programmes in the world.