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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof.Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has charged parents and guardians of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) students, to work on their children and make sure they study hard in preparation for their examinations scheduled to begin on June 18, 2019.

Prof. Abdulkareem, who made the call penultimate Saturday (May 18, 2019) at the 2nd JUPEB Management-Parents meeting held at the School premises, said that the success of the students in both JUPEB and Post-UTME screening would determine their eventual admission into the University of Ilorin.

Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sylvia. A. Malomo, the Vice-Chancellor assured  the JUPEB students  that they would be given admission into the University if they meet the cut-off points for their requested courses.

Prof. Abdulkareem also disclosed that if a student is given admission through the UTME and also met the requirement for Direct Entry, it is possible to upgrade to Direct Entry, especially if it is in the same programme.

“Parents please work on your children and make sure they study hard in preparation for their examination as they have one month to do so”, the Vice-Chancellor admonished, stressing that “the examination is scheduled to begin on 18th of June,2019”.

Lamenting that some of the current JUPEB students “are not serious”, Prof. Abdulkareem said that “they think they are students of the University of Ilorin but they are not. They are just an attachment to the process of being students of the University of Ilorin if they pass our JUPEB and meet the minimum cut-off of JAMB”.

He pointed out that the least point a JUPEB student can score before gaining admission into the University to read any course outside M.B;BS is 6 points representing D,D,D while a students who requested for M.B;BS must have 15 points representing A,A,A.

Stressing that such points might not give such students their choice of courses if they failed to meet the required cut-off mark at the post-UTME screening, the Vice-Chancellor said that the University of Ilorin has the highest number of applicants for JUPEB and parents should know that their children are there to compete with others who will equally qualify like them.

While advising parents to always guide their children on choice of courses, Prof. Abdulkareem said that one person cannot take two admissions at a time, stressing that they can only take one, either through Direct Entry or through the UTME.

On the students appearance, the Vice-Chancellor lamented  the immoral attitudes of some of the students, adding that the University is aware that most parents don't check their children's dressing, which she said is a serious concern to the University.

Earlier in her remarks, the Director of JUPEB, Prof. (Mrs.) E. O. Omosewo, said that the meeting was convened to update the parents on the conduct and performance of their children.

            Prof. Omosewo, who disclosed that last year, students that had as low as 2 points were given admission, pointed out that it will not be the same this year as  a minimum of 6 points is required for  JUPEB students to be considered for admission.

The Director disclosed that the Centre had put in place a private arrangement to train the students, on payment of token fees, in preparation for the post-UTME screening immediately after their examinations.

She lamented the involvement of some of the students in immoral acts, which she said the University will not condone.

Prof. Omosewo appreciated the support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulkareem, for approving installmental school fees payment for the students but advised parents to pay up on or before June 18, 2019, for them to be allowed to sit for the final examinations.

In their separate remarks, many of the parents expressed appreciations to the management of the University of Ilorin for the efforts in moulding the children towards the right direction and for organising such meeting, which they suggested should hold twice a year.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has restated the commitment of the institution to contribute meaningfully to the human capacity and all-round transformation of its host communities.

            Prof. Abdulkareem stated this penultimate Saturday (May 18, 2019) while receiving a delegation of the Kwara State Agency for Mass Education at the Board Room of the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin. The delegation was on hand to support the Adult Literacy Programme of the Institute.

            Prof. Abdulkareem, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services),  Prof. Bolaji Fatai Sule, said that the University is committed to improving the socio-economic well-being of its surrounding communities as exemplified in the Adult Literacy Programme initiated by the Institute of Education to assist in providing basic literacy and communication skills for the interested adults of the surrounding communities.

                        The Vice-Chancellor added that the programme would, no doubt, promote the existing cordial relationship between the gown and the town while leaving participants more equipped to face the challenges of life.

            Prof. Abdulkareem commended the Director of the Institute, Prof. Lasiele Alabi Yahaya, for implementing the programme, which was initiated by his predecessor.

            The Vice-Chancellor, therefore, requested the Kwara State Government to support the programme with relevant educational materials and the services of Resource Persons who will professionally handle the adult learners for maximum impartation of knowledge.

            Speaking earlier, the Director of the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Yahaya, explained that the essence of the programme was to provide an avenue for the University to discharge its mandates, particularly the community service part of it.

            Prof. Yahaya added that the programme was designed to train participants on the ability to read, write and communicate effectively in the nation's official language while also equipping  them with simple arithmetic skills needed for day to day economic transactions.

            The Director, who commended his predecessor for initiating the programme, justified its essence by saying that "if foreign universities could extend their services to beneficiaries in Nigeria, one way or the other, it is not out of place for the University of Ilorin to also impact on the communities around it as a form of corporate social responsibility initiative”.

            He disclosed that the programme, which drew participants from among artisans, who could no longer attend conventional schools because of other commitments, is compartmentalised into different stages.

            While stating that the Institute had to go round to “scout”, Prof. Yahaya urged the Kwara State government to assist the programme with all that would encourage participants to show more interest in acquiring knowledge which, he assured, will make them to function effectively in life and contribute their quotas to national development.

            Responding, the Executive Director, Kwara State Agency for Mass Education, Hajia Fatimah Oba Baanu, who was represented by the Agency's Director of Programme, Alhaji Aminu Suleiman Salihu, assured the University of Ilorin of the Kwara State Government's support towards the success of the programme.

            The event witnessed the presentation of some materials by the Agency to the Institute as well as an interactive session with the adult learners, who expressed satisfaction with the way and manner they have been treated since the commencement of the programme.

            The participants, numbering 20 and who spoke through Mrs. Mulikat Soliu, Deaconess Adeoye Janet and Mr. Suleiman Tajudeen, thanked the University for affording them what they called a "second chance" at schooling. They expressed their willingness to learn, adding that they would do everything to justify the essence of the programme.

            The event attracted several dignitaries including the Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Medinat F. Salman; the Head of the Department of Adult and Primary Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. O. O. Okogie, who was represented by Dr. A. O. Olawuni; the Deputy Director, Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. R. W. Okunloye; Mr. Adebayo Adebanji, who stood in for the Secretary of the Institute, and Mr. M. M. Ibrahim, the Institute's Accountant.

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.

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.

Five tertiary institutions in the country, including the University of Ilorin, have won the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board's (JAMB) Merit Award for outstanding performance in the 2018 admission exercise.

At the award ceremony, held in Abuja last Thursday (May 23, 2019), the University of Ilorin was honoured for being the “most subscribed institution by candidates with a total of 86,401 candidates”.   

Other tertiary institutions that won similar awards were: Kaduna Polytechnic, the “most national institution with best in national spread of intakes”; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, “institution with the highest number of admission of international students”; Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, “most improved institution over previous year in intake of female students”; the University of Maiduguri, “most compliant institution in keeping within guideline, rules and regulations of admission”.

Each of the universities received a cheque of N25 million from JAMB.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who handed over the awards to the recipient institutions, said that tertiary institutions played important role to the survival of a nation.

Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant in the office of the Vice President, Mrs Maryam Uwais, urged every institution to maintain and attain an acceptable standard.

In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu congratulated all tertiary institutions in the country for the sustenance of peace in their various campuses.

Mallam Adamu also urged other parastatals of government to support institutions of higher learning in their bid to promote national development.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is'haq Oloyede, said that the idea of the award was developed during the policy meeting on admission into tertiary institutions in 2016.

Prof. Oloyede noted that the introduction of the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) in 2017 by the board led to the automation of the admission processes, devoid of any human interaction or influence.

He said that this was aimed at ensuring that the candidates that genuinely prepared and excelled in their matriculation examinations are suitably placed in tertiary institutions.

The JAMB Registrar added that certain criteria were followed for the five categories of awards and prizes.

He, therefore, urged beneficiaries of the awards to submit a project for execution in their institutions, which would not be more than N25 million on which the amount would be expended.

 

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".