By Adejumo Kabir
The Obafemi Awolowo University Bakery has resumed full operation as promised by the immediate past Acting Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Antony Elujoba.
Resuscitation of the bakery to serve as a dependable source of revenue was among the recommendations of the Task Force Inaugurated by the Professor Elujiba. The bakery was grounded for years as a result of technical and managerial challenges.
It would be recalled that the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. ‘Tale Omole, commissioned the Great Ife bread and confectionery bakery in 2013.
According to the University Public Relations, Mr. Biodun Olarewaju in 2013, the Great Ife Bread and Confectionery was expected to extend its market across South West and Abuja.
It was equally designed as a conglomerate that would continually contribute its own quota towards the satisfaction of human needs, provide employment to teeming Nigerian youths in the labour market and OAU community.
But since 2015 the said Great Ife bread has been a scarce commodity on campus. Many returning students of the institution are just sighting for the first time the Great Ife bread commissioned in 2013.
A senior staff in the bakery who spoke with IFE CITY NEWS under the condition of anonymity said the management of the bakery was marred by mismanagement during the reign of Professor Tale Omele but assured that the deficiencies are now the thing of the past saying the bakery Is back and better
Meanwhile, students of the institution have shown their satisfaction and preference for the production of the bread. Investigation carried out by IFE CITY NEWS revealed that the Great Ife bread now sells faster on campus than any other product.
Speaking with Bamidele Idris, a dealer of eggs and bread on campus, he told our reporter that he sells more of Great Ife bread daily than others.
“The moment students find the name ‘Great Ife’ on the bread, they clamour for it. I almost lost some of my customers yesterday when I finished selling mine, all other breads were left untouched.
“A female student of department of Electrical Electronic, Ashiru Gbemisola said “I love the bread and we only hope they won’t stop producing anytime soon.”