FOUNDATION AND ESTABLISHMENT.

The establishment of a degree programme in Pharmacy at the University of Ilorin has been a long standing desire of Kwara State community and the management of the University. Thanks to God, that at His fullness of time, through the will and strong determination of the present University Administration the programme became a reality during the 2009/2010 academic session, specifically through the University Senate Approval at its 205th meeting of 2nd December, 2009. The foundation Professor of Pharmacy, {Professor Philip F. Olurinola), assumed duty to start off preparations of the Programme on 22nd March, 2010, with an office in the Mini campus where the College of Health Sciences was formerly located. Eventually, at a subsequent meeting of Senate, the establishment of the Faculty was affirmed with an approved name "Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences" with an initial six Departments namely:

  1. Department of Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacy Practice.
  2. Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry.
  3. Department of Pharmaceutics & Industrial Pharmacy.
  4. Department of Pharmacognosy & Drug Development.
  5. Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology.
  6. Department of Microbiology & Biotechnology

With the active drive of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Is-haq O. Oloyede, in  collaboration with the Provosts of the College of Health Sciences, and Academic Planning Unit, the stage was finally set for invitation of the National University Commission (NUC) for take-off approval visitation. In preparation for the visitation, a set of buildings from old Works Department were earmarked as the faculty starting site, and accordingly renovated. Some fund, initially about fourteen million naira (#14,000,000.00) was tentatively approved for purchase of books, and another over sixty million naira (#60,000,000.00) for purchase of laboratory equipment.The NUC visitation team came on 14th December, 2010, and eventually gave a provisional "take-off " approval.

ADMISSION OF FIRST SET OF STUDENTS

A decision from the Vice Chancellor House Committee set the admission quota at a maximum of ten (10) students, at least for the first few years. This was reported in the subsequent Senate meeting.The first set of students actually admitted through the U.T.M.E entry were eight student all females. They began at 100 level at the beginning of 2010/2011 academic session. At this level, most of their courses were foundation course units taken from the Faculty of Science. The only Faculty based course unit was "Introduction to Pharmacy" (PCP 101). Seven of the first set of students were in good academic standing by the end of 2010/2011 academic session, and have presently moved to 200 level. Additional three (3) students, through inter departmental transfers, were admitted for the 2011/2012 academic session, making a total of ten (10) students.

STAFF RECRUITMENT

Currently the Faculty has ten (10) Academic staff, comprising of four (4) professors, one (1) Reader and five (5) others. There are eight (8) non- teaching staff, comprising of three (3) senior and five (5) junior staff. We are expecting some technical staff to join us soon. 

FACULTY BUILDING

Our take-off site is at the old Works Department in the Permanent Site of the University, and renovation of the buildings is in good progress. The present site provides offices for many of the academic and technical staff.Two of the large rooms have been earmarked and renovated to serve as small lecture rooms. Another room has been earmarked for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for staff and student services, while three others in the middle block are to be converted to mini laboratories for practical classes in Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Microbiology. A serious plan is in progress for the Phase I of the faculty purpose-built building. It is meant to accommodate six (6) laboratories, two (2) seminar rooms, and four (4) lecture rooms, with necessary utility accessories, and a Drug Information Centre. Phase II of the building(s) will take care of the remaining six (6) laboratories, a lecture theatre, with a community pharmacy, staff offices, herbarium, etc. Pharmacy is a capital intensive programme, especially in terms of number of laboratories and current state-of-art equipment required for the laboratories. The University will certainly benefit from external financial assistance to get these requirements in place.