It was a euphoric moment for Management and other top officers of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, on Thursday last week as the Institution formally took possession of the facilities of its radio station.
Christened Radio AAUA, the Frequency Modulation (FM) station is located within the University Campus and is licenced to broadcast on 90.3 Megahertz. It is billed to come on air as soon as approval is secured from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Speaking at the brief handover ceremony, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, said the radio would offer a quantum leap in the quality of training facilities available to students, serve as veritable medium of information, education and entertainment to members of the University Community, as well as the inhabitants of neighbouring communities.
The Vice Chancellor went down memory lane on several efforts to get an operating licence for a campus radio, until it was finally obtained less than a year ago. He commended the various officers who had played one role or the other in the actualization of the dream.
He expressed delight at the quality of equipment installed in the studio and applauded members of Management for ensuring speedy completion of the project in the face of competing demands for scarce funds.
Prof. Ajibefun later went round the studios and other adjourning offices, accompanied by other members of Management and some top university officials.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Olusola Akinrinlola, the Managing Director of the contracting firm, Sound Broadcast Communications Limited, had assured the University of the quality and durability of the equipment supplied.
He said the firm drew on its long years of experience executing such projects to deliver studios that would stand the test of time.
He added that the firm is willing to train operators and staff that would run the station on how to run the machines.
"You only have to call on us for the training and we would gladly do that," he said.