The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, Prof. D.S. Ogunniyi, has urged alumni of the Faculty to look back and collaborate with the University management to transform the institution into an Ivy League University.

Prof. Ogunniyi, who made the call penultimate Wednesday (April 3, 2019) while receiving equipment donated to the Faculty by the 1995 graduating set of the Faculty, said that the donated equipment would contribute to learning and development of the Faculty.

While appreciating the efforts of the 1995 set, the Dean also outlined other achievements of other graduating sets. He said, “The Faculty has been enjoying goodwill from the alumni; the Graphic Room was renovated and furnished by the 2007 set, while a classroom was also renovated and furnished by the 1998 set. I am really grateful for your contributions to the development of the Faculty and the Vice-Chancellor will be delighted and honoured by your sense of belonging and the spirit of giving back to your alma mater. I therefore urge other established alumni sets to further strive to contribute to the development of this Faculty to world class standard".

Speaking on behalf of the 1995 set, Engr. Tunde Adesokan, who expressed delight that they could give back to their alma mater, said that the gesture was the first phase of their donation.

Engr. Adesokan said, "We feel blessed giving back to our alma mater, although it wasn't easy but we made a promise to the Faculty and we had to fulfill it. This is just the first phase of this donation as we want other Departments to benefit from this development”.

“We also intended to embark on public private partnerships to establish a Cisco Network Academy where students can learn and be IT certified before graduation. This has been done in other private and Federal universities and we would love to replicate this development in our alma mater ", he submitted.

Members of the 1995 set that presented the equipment's to the Dean were represented by , Engr. Lola Akinyemi, Engr. Tunde Adesokan, Engr. Shogo Popoola and Engr. Hussain Olatunde.

Some of the equipment donated to the Faculty include, Hardness Tester, Arc Welding Machine, Deep Cycle Batteries, Kleen Testing Tools, while other equipment are expected to be delivered to the Faculty soon.

Prof. Noah Yusuf of the Department of Sociology, University of Ilorin, is the Director of the institution's Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS).

 Born on June 26, 1964 at Okeya-Ipo, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Prof. Yusuf had his elementary education at the Community L.E.A. Primary School, Okeya-Ipo, from where he proceeded to Omupo Grammar School, Omupo, for his secondary school education from 1974 to 1979. 

Between 1979 and 1982, he was at the School of Basic Studies of the then Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara State Polytechnic), Ilorin, where he sat for the University of Cambridge-moderated GCE Advanced Level papers.

He later gained admission into the nation's premier University of Ibadan in 1984 to study Sociology. He graduated in 1986 with B.Sc (Honours) in Sociology and subsequently did his mandatory National Youth Service programme in Ogun State.

This highly-respected academic juggernaut returned to the University of Ibadan for his postgraduate studies. He, thereafter, obtained the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Ph.D. both in Sociology from the same University in 1990 and 2003, respectively.

 Prof. Yusuf commenced his eventful working career as a Part-Time Lecturer in the General Studies Unit of the Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin, in 1991. Later in the same year, he was employed as a Member, Editorial Board of the then Nigerian Herald.

The Director began his academic career in 1992 with his appointment as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ilorin, where he rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October, 2012.

This eminent scholar was at three different times the Head, Department of Sociology, University of Ilorin. He held the office between 2002 and 2003;  2010 and 2012 as well as between 2016 and 2017. He was also the Sub-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, from 2000 to 2002.

Prof. Yusuf's career as a University teacher has not been restricted to the Better By Far University. He was the foundation Head, Department of Sociology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, from 2006 to 2007.He was also a Visiting Professor at the Osun State University, Osogbo, Okuku Campus, between 2016 and 2017.

 The don presented the well-attended 151st Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin, entitled "Work, Culture and Society: The synergy that reflects our everyday existence" on October 20, 2014.

Prof. Yusuf is a member of many distinguished local and global professional bodies, some of which include the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA), and the Social Science Council of Nigeria (SSCN).He is also a Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, American Sociological Association (ASA), and Nigeria Industrial Relations Association (NIRA).

This affectionate scholar was invested as a Fellow, Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) during the 2018 National Conference at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Abuja.

Prof. Yusuf has participated in several academic researches and national assignments among which is the Kwara State Project Co-ordinator, National Survey on Child and Maternal Health sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) from August to November, 2008.

He also served as either the Chairman or Member on many National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Teams to several Nigerian Universities from 2012 till date. He was also appointed as the Facilitator/United Nations Contractor, High Level Dialogue Forum for Peaceful Elections in Kwara State, jointly organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), held on 11th February, 2019.

Prof. Yusuf was the External Examiner to the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan from 2016 to 2017.He also served as an External Assessor to both the Institute for Security Studies, and the Nigerian Defence College both in Abuja.

Prof. Yusuf was appointed Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, on November 6, 2017.

With the continuous cooperation of his dedicated academic and administrative staff, Prof. Yusuf is, undoubtedly, poised to reposition the Centre as a model postgraduate academic unit in the University and as well as the foremost Peace Institute nationally and internationally.

With no fewer than 56 academic publications so far, Prof. Yusuf has served as the Editor-in-Chief of several reputable Journals including the Lapai Sociology Review (LSR), which he held between 2006 and 2007; Ilorin Journal of Sociology (IJS) since 2012 till date; Ilorin Journal of Business and Social Sciences (IJBSS) from 2015 to 2017; Osun Sociological Review (OSR) between 2016 and 2017; and The Journal of Peace, Security and Development (JPSD) since 2017 till date.

A devout Muslim, Prof. Yusuf is the Co-ordinator/Secretary, Zakat and Sadaqat Committee, Nasrullahi-lFathi Society (NASFAT), Tanke Branch, Ilorin.

He is also a notable participant in community development. He is currently serving as the Secretary, Okeya-Ipo Community Project Management Committee.

 Prof. Yusuf, who radiates simplicity, peace, piety and humility, is happily married with children.

 

*publishes book on Guinea worm eradication

Nigerian academics have been implored to always ensure meaningful inter-disciplinary collaborations, efficient cross-fertilization of ideas and ceaseless cooperation among one another with a view to swiftly facilitating enduring solutions to human challen.ges.

This advice was given by a world renowned Medical Scientist, Prof. Luke Ekundayo Edungbola, last Tuesday (April 9, 2019), during an exclusive interview with Unilorin Bulletin.  

Prof. Edungbola, who is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, stated that finding panacea to human challenges, particularly health problems, requires the synergetic efforts of every stakeholder. 

He stressed that without such concerted interactions, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate diseases and associated challenges hindering human development.

The foremost Medical and Public Health Parasitologist, who pioneered the multi-various efforts that eventually consigned Guinea-worm disease into the dustbin of history in tropical Africa, recalled that without the cooperation of major stakeholders the dreaded disease would have remained an enduring scourge to the Nigerian nation.

On what propelled him to initiate the war against Guinea-worm, Prof. Edungbola said, "I hate people suffering. I have seen so many cases and the day I was coming back from America, I saw a woman at Orile-Igbon Village near Ogbomoso, suffering from the disease, who told me that everybody in her community was afflicted by Guinea-worm".

He added that it was that pathetic situation that compelled him to initiate the struggle against the debilitating cankerworm that eventually attracted global attention through consistent advocacy and unimaginable support from those who mattered.

Prof. Edungbola, who was nick-named “Mr. Guinea-worm” by stakeholders and colleagues because of his apparent passion for the termination of the spread of the disease, said that so many factors accounted for its hitherto unchecked diffusion.

He stated that ignorance, taboos, insecurity, poor access to clean water and the remote locations of some human settlement, particularly in the North-Western part of the country, extensively aided the spread of the ailment before his intervention.

He explained that as at the time the war against the disease started, Nigeria was undoubtedly the most infested in Sub-Saharan Africa with about a million confirmed cases in several locations across all its regions.

 Prof. Edungbola said, "I want to thank the University of Ilorin for giving me the impetus, the encouragement, the support, the good will to pursue Guinea-worm to eradication status".

The multiple award-winning researcher recalled how a coverage by the defunct National Concord newspaper on the impact of the scourge at Kankan Village in the Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State, which he initiated, attracted the attention of the then Military Governor, Group Captain S. A. Latinwo, and eventually ignited governmental interests in the disease. He said that the development marked the beginning of the end of Guinea-worm in Nigeria.

Prof. Edungbola said that he was very happy that the disease, which had hitherto accounted for the loss of $20 million annually because of its negative effects on productivity, had been totally eradicated against the pessimism of some individuals and groups who thought that nothing of such could be done to safe mankind from the disease, particularly in Nigeria.

The distinguished academic enjoined his colleagues to always give every situation their best,  reminding University lecturers that their responsibilities go beyond classroom teaching but also involve translating and transforming their expertise to finding solutions to challenges.

He urged them to always be positive and undeterred in solving an identified problem, saying that the level of their commitment and resoluteness will determine the magnitude of their success.

To underscore the level of success attained in the eradication of Guinea-worm, Prof. Edungbola promised to reward handsomely anyone who comes across and can present any case of the disease in Nigeria to him or any accredited authority.

On his forthcoming book, Prof. Edungbola disclosed that he decided to author the book titled "The Eradication of Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm) in Nigeria: An Eyewitness Account" so as to preserve his over two decades of stressful, fruitful and impactful experiences in the control of Guinea worm in Nigeria for posterity.

While stating that the formal public presentation of the 121 page well-researched book holds in November this year, the celebrated intellectual giant thanked the publisher, Elsevier, "for accepting to publish this book timely with great understanding, cooperation, and encouragement".

…says, 'Africa is cradle of modern peace-making’

The Secretary General, International Peace Research Association, Prof. Matt Meyer, has recommended the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, for a Nobel Prize in Peace Making and Peace Building.

Prof. Meyer, who is also the Senior Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, United States, made the recommendation last Tuesday (April 9, 2019) at the 2nd Occasional Distinguished Personality Public Lecture and Book Presentation organised by the CPSS.

The don, who was the Guest Speaker at the Public Lecture, themed “International Trends in Peace Action and Peace Research: South to North and into the Future”, pledged to be the first person to sign up for a call to consider the University of Ilorin's CPSS for the exalted Nobel Peace Prize.  

            Prof. Meyer said it became imperative for the University of Ilorin to win the Nobel Prize in Peace following the groundbreaking academic contributions of its CPSS, saying that the centre is fortunate to have been run by peace building researchers of international standard.

He commended the management of the University for not only establishing the CPSS but also for providing the enabling environment for the centre to thrive.

Describing Africa as the cradle of  modern peace-making, the Guest Speaker said, "I do not say that because I am on African soil; I have been blessed to travel and spend time in every corner of this vast continent, and over 70 countries on this fragile, resilient planet of ours. I do not say that rhetorically, because it will make you a happy audience or make for a good headline”.

Rather, he said, "It is time for the world to pay greater attention and learn not from the tragedies of Africa, but from its staunch and growing initiatives for peace. It is time for the world to understand that Africa is the cradle of modern peace-making.

“If we are to understand, as a global community, the important trends and future possibilities for peace action and peace research, South to North and back again, we must all be clear about the significance of African scholarship and grassroots resistance. We must take heed of this innovative work if we are to build effective global movements for lasting social change".

The Guest Speaker identified mass mobilisation and shared understanding as potent tools for the attainment of peace and development in Africa.

In his address, the Royal Father at the programme, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, called on members of the academia to continue to engage in peace-oriented research endeavours in order to engender a more peaceful and united society.

Declaring the event open earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, ascribed the growing rate of violence in African societies to injustice, poverty and inequality.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented on the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. B. F Sule, said, "There is no doubt that the root of the pervasive conflicts in Africa is injustice and other socio-political conditions reinforcing structural violence. Ironically, such conditions are totally contradictory to our cherished African values essentially built on justice, fairness, and equity".

Prof. Abdulkareem said that the root of the pervasive conflicts in Africa can only be uprooted if the African values that are built on justice, fairness, and equity are imbibed.

The Vice-Chancellor called on Africans to retrace their steps and adopt African traditional values to eliminate structural tensions that will give birth to indigenous framework for building peace in Africa.

Prof. Abdulkareem said that the CPSS was established to purposefully build up frameworks for contributing to Africa and World Peace.

Prof. Abdulkareem said, "Since its establishment, the Centre has made giant strides under different leadership to reinforce and reinvent peacemaking and peace building within and beyond our immediate environment”, adding that "the Centre has been on the vanguard of preaching and entrenching peace in the communities in our vicinity that are prone to conflicts”.

He said, "I have just recently put a challenge to the Centre to win for the University a Nobel Prize in Peace not only through its scholarships but also essentially through value-based services that can bring lasting peace to many of our warring communities"

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of CPSS, Prof. Noah Yusuf, said that the event was in two folds, personality lecture and book presentation.

Prof. Yusuf said that the CPSS was established in the 2008/2009 academic session with the mandate of engaging in human capacity training in the field of peace and security studies and conflict management.

The Director added that the Centre was also saddled with the task of providing practical exposure to peace scholars and practitioners within the limit of available resources.

Prof. Yusuf said that the theme for this year’s edition of the Public Lecture was carefully chosen to address universal conflicts and crises, adding that the choice of the Guest Speaker, Prof. Meyer, was a step in a right direction.

The former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Adigun Agbaje, who was the book reviewer, did justice to the book titled "Connecting Contemporary African-Asian Peace building and Non-Violence: From Satagaraha to Ujamaa"

Other dignitaries in attendance included the 2018 National Merit Award winner, Prof. Olu Obafemi, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Musbau Akanji; former Directors of the Centre, Prof. John Fayeye, Prof. Felicia Olasehinde-Williams, and Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji; the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kayode Egbetokun; the Ag. National President of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU), Alhaji Yahya O. Ahmed; the President of the Igbomina/Ekiti Muslim Forum (IEMF), Alhaji Abdulazeez Kola Olawuyi, and top members of the Forum; as well as top military and paramilitary officers, among others.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has said that the University is ready to collaborate with any university from any part of the world on any area of learning and research.

Prof. Abdulkareem stated this last Monday (April 8, 2019) at a workshop organised for Shariah Court judges and lecturers of Islamic Studies by a team of scholars and clerics from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, at the University of Ilorin Auditorium.

Speaking through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services),Prof. B. F. Sule, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University  is running about 99 academic disciplines.

He expressed the wish that universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would be willing to partner with the University of Ilorin not only in organising workshop and seminars but also in the area of Medicine, Engineering, Law, and Social Sciences, among others.

The Vice-Chancellor also solicited the support of the Saudi clerics in completing the University of Ilorin Centre for Quranic Recitation and Memorisation.

The leader of the team, who is also one of the Imams of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Hassan AbulHameed Bukhari, led the Jumaat prayers at the Unilorin Central Mosque penultimate Friday (April 5, 2019) where he also delivered the Sermon.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Silvia O. Malomo, has urged students of the School of Preliminary Studies to take their studies seriously, and live with one another as humans.

Prof. Malomo made the call last Monday (April 8, 2019) while addressing the students during the 2018/2019 session orientation programme held at the SPS campus in Fufu near Ilorin.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, at the event, said, “I want to challenge you to take your studies and relationships seriously, because at this stage, they will be your lifetime friends”.   

While welcoming the students to what she called “another window of opportunity to the undergraduate level of the University”, Prof. Malomo also charged the students to value themselves by dressing well.

In her goodwill message, the Registrar of the University of Ilorin, Dr. Folaranmi M. Olowoleni, represented by the Deputy Registrar, Vice-Chancellor's Office, Mrs. B. O Ishola, enjoined the students to attain desired success, which is the major purpose of their admission, by studying hard.

In his remarks, the Dean, Student  Affairs, Prof L. T. Ajibade, urged the students to always abide by the school's rules and regulations, dress decently, avoid unofficial marriages, stay away from cultism, and avoid exam malpractices.

Prof. Ajibade, who spoke on how to achieve desired goals as students, encouraged them to face their studies squarely and avoid all kinds of social vices, adding that students who failed to do so shall face the disciplinary committee.

On his part, the Director, University Health Services, Dr. AbdulRasheed Odunola, encouraged the students to try as much as they can to stay in a clean and healthy environment and also stay away for drug abuse.

In her remarks, Mrs. O. F Adeshina, who represented the University Librarian, advised the students to visit the Library and make use of the materials there, informing them that the Library opens by 8:30am and closes at 3:30pm daily.

Earlier in his welcome address, titled  “A Citadel at the Back Yard”, the Director of the School of Preliminary Studies, Prof. Abdulqadir Ibrahim Abikan, who congratulated the students admitted for the 2018/2019 academic session, aroused their consciousness to the dual possibility at the end of their studies in the school.

Prof. Abikan encouraged the students to pass their examinations to get admitted for their desired courses in the undergraduate level of the University of Ilorin, saying that the tools they need for the best of these options are hard work, focus and determination.

“For the short period you are spending with us, you are expected to comport yourself in the best of manners in line with the University's mantra of probitas doctrina (character and leaning)”, the Director said, stressing, “It is not sufficient to do well in the examinations as your character would determine whether you are eligible to write the examinations”.

In her address, the Director, Unilorin Counseling and Human Development Centre, Prof. Durosaro, described Stress as an individual's response to change in circumstance or to a threatening situation, which can be viewed as a personal reaction to an external event/demand, such as writing an exam or to an internal state of mind like worrying about an exam.

Prof. Durosaro, who was represented by Mr. Abdullahi Babatunde, said that as a student, “you will likely encounter a number of situations/events, which will result in stress”, pointing out that not everyone responds to stressors in the same way because of differences in perception.

Other dignitaries, who charged the students to dedicate themselves to their studies were the Deputy Director, SPS; the former Director, SPS, Prof.  Onimisi Abdullahi; the University Admission Officer, Mr. L. S. Adegoke; the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Oyeronke Olademo; the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, Prof. F. A. Adekola; the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof. Taiwo Ande; the representative of the Unilorin Bursar, Mr. Gobir; the Sub- Dean, Student Affairs, Dr Alex Akanmu; the D. P. O of Fufu Area; the Baale of Fufu community; and the Access Bank representative, among others.

 

The University of Ilorin Muslim Community has concluded arrangements to stage this year's edition of the Quranic Recitation Competition on April 13 and April 14, 2019.

According to a statement by the Organising Committee, a copy of which was made available to Unilorin Bulletin, the competition, which holds at the Unilorin Central Mosque, will be preceded by a screening exercise to select those who will eventually participate in the contest on Saturday, April 6, 2019, beginning from 9.00a.m.

The statement added that while male competitors will be evaluated on their memorisation of 20 Hisbs or 10 Hisbs of the Holy Quran, while their female counterparts will be examined on their memorization of the 5 Hisbs of the "Glorious Holy Quran".

The statement, therefore, enjoined interested Muslim students of the University to obtain their application forms between 8.00 a.m. and 8.00p.m daily at the Unilorin M.S.S Secretariat within the precinct of the Unilorin Central Mosque.

The statement emphasised that only bonafide students of the University are eligible to participate in the Competition, which promises to be intellectually and spiritually stimulating.