The Tijaniyyah Muslim Students Association of Nigeria (TIMSAN), University of Ilorin Chapter, has marked the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

The Mawlid Nabiyy, themed "Islam, an Antidote to Societal Misconduct," was attended by eminent personalities in the University Muslim community, including the representative of the Chief Imam of the University, Prof. Hashir Abdulsalam and the Chairman of the University of Ilorin Muslims Community, Prof. B. L. Adeleke. 

In his remarks, the representative of the Chief Imam noted that even though the celebration of the Prophet's birthday is a controversial issue, there is no harm doing it on a moderate scale as the Prophet himself acknowledged his birthday by observing fasts on every Monday while he was alive.

In his own remarks, Prof. Adeleke, who was also the Chairman of the occasion, congratulated the organisers and enjoined everybody present to learn from the wealth of spirituality the guest lecturers shared. 

Prof. Adeleke also urged members of the Unilorin Muslim Community to live harmoniously with fellow Muslims and people of other faiths alike. 

The Guest Lecturers, Sheikh Ibraheem Niyass Yusuf Lokoja, from Lokoja and Dr. Uthman Idrees Kankawi from the Department of Arabic, Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, spoke extensively on the role of Islam and Muslims in the eradication of corruption in the society. 

The occasion was attended by delegates from Minaret School, Ilorin, TIMSAN members from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Kwara State University, Malete, (KWASU), Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, College of Education, Ilorin, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

Twenty-four year-old Chemistry graduate of the University of Ilorin, Olasupo Abideen, has been named among the 100 most influential Nigerian youths for 2017 in a meticulous survey conducted by Avance Media.

Olasupo was ranked 8th on the influence rating, which was compiled based on dedication, social impact, consistency, national appeal, motivation, brand presence, and influence over the years.

The list that was released on the website of the ranking( penultimate Thursday (January 11, 2018), showed that the 2016 Unilorin graduate came third in the award category of  “The Most Influential Young Nigerian on Personal Development and Academia” but eventually ranked 8th over-all.

'The Most Influential Young Nigerians' initiative is an annual awards and ranking scheme for young Nigerian achievers between the ages of 15 and 40 years.

According to the organisers, the initiative is intended to disclose the true and genuine potentials of young people who are earnest to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria's economy and whose works are at par with their impacts.

“It is also expected to serve as a source of encouragement to these young individuals whose commitment towards stimulating growth is undoubted.”

A former Google Student Ambassador during his undergraduate days at the University of Ilorin, Olasupo is the National Coordinator of Brain Builders International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works on Educational and Literacy Advocacy, Youth Inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals. The organisation partners with local and international organisations to organise events, advocacy projects, competitions, mentoring programmes and conferences to fulfill her organisational goals.

The social activist is also the Kwara State Coordinator for the Not Too Young To Run Movement, an NGO, which he started about four years ago, and through which he has reached out to and greatly impacted the lives of over 50,000 young Nigerians.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, Olasupo disclosed that he started the Brain Builders International, a youth-focused Non-Governmental Organisation accredited by the United Nations, at the age of 19 while he was still an undergraduate.

In 2017, he directly reached out to over 20,000 Nigerian youth through the free oogle Digital Skills project to empower Africans with entrepreneurial skills. As a public speaker, he has had series of speaking engagements in both local and international fora.

 Olasupo is also a budding entrepreneur, managing no fewer than three thriving businesses.

Members of the Unilorin contingent that won the maiden Genesis Debate Tournament and the Tedder Hall Literacy Debate in Ghana recently have presented the giant trophy, cash prizes and plaque awards they won to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem.

 Presenting the teams and the awards to the Vice-Chancellor in his office last Tuesday (January 16, 2017),  the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Tajudeen Ajibade, said that the students surpassed their colleagues from other universities across Sub-Sahara African countries as a result of their dedication and zeal for success.

Prof. Ajibade, however, announced that the debating champions have dedicated the various awards to the Vice-Chancellor, Principal Officers, Deans, Heads of Department, staff and all students of the better by far University. 

 Receiving the team, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, said he felt so much excited and full of joy that the debate and quiz teams of the University of Ilorin are achieving such a wonderful feat. 

 Prof. Abdulkareem said he liked the fact that University of Ilorin shines everywhere it goes nationally and internationally.

While describing the triple award as things of joy to all members of Team Unilorin, the Vice-Chancellor pledged his continuous support to the institution's Quiz and Debate Committee to ensure they win more laurels at national and continental events.

 Also on the team was the Sub-Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Alex Akanmu, the Head of the Unilorin Quiz and Debate Committee, Dr. R.O. Arise, the Team's coach, Mr. David Ejim, and a Student Affairs Officer, Mr. Ahmed Lawal. 

 The maiden Genesis Debate tournament was an International Open tournament held between January 4 and 7, 2018 in Accra, Ghana. It featured undergraduate and postgraduate participants from Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius. Also, the Tedder Hall Literacy Debate was the initiative of Tedder Hall Literacy and Debating Society, University of Ibadan. 

 Members of the Unilorin Debate Team that won the first West African Debate Championship in 2018 at Ghana include Omotayo Jimoh, Hawau Abikan, and Abolarin Muhammed. 

 The students that won the Tedder Hall Literacy Debate are Adeyemo Ifedolapo and Kalejaiye Musa.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has said that the University would explore new frontiers in the area of Molecular Biology with a view to producing World Class researchers within the next few years.

Prof. Abdulkareem stated this last Tuesday (January 16, 2018) while declaring open the annual workshop on Biomedical Innovation and Research Commercialization, organised by the Unilorin Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology in conjunction with the Laboratory to Product Centre, University of Ilorin.

The renowned Professor of Chemical Engineering observed that recent advances in Medicine, Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering were strongly linked to Molecular Science and Biotechnology, saying the University was devoting resources to research in those fields to increase the outputs that would provide immediate solutions to the problems of food insufficiency, environmental degradation and health care challenges.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “The University of Ilorin remains proud of its records of achievement being one of the most peaceful citadels of learning in the country with an unbroken record of stable academic calendar and increased academic programmes. The University continues to make giant strides in Humanity, Science and Technology”.

Prof. Abdulkareem said, “As part of our aspirations to contribute to the development of the nation, the University has established a Laboratory to Product Directorate saddled with the responsibilities of translating the output of the researchers to viable products. Presently, the Directorate has secured a number of patents in various fields of study and is still liaising with researchers within the University to secure many more viable patents useful for the industry”.

Presenting a paper on “Sequencing as a Pathway to Innovative Research in Biomedical Studies”, a scholar from the Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, Prof. Adegoke Ayodeji, encouraged researchers to brace up for the challenges of the 21st Century.

The Nigeria-born researcher pointed out that sequencing opens up rooms for highest level of accuracy, novelty and innovation in Biomedicine. He, however, lamented that hardworking researchers continue to be follow-up researchers, instead of pioneering major innovation, when the conventional methods being used were built on and limited to existing databases or manuals.

Prof. Adegoke implored researchers to brace up for the challenges befalling research processes by coming to terms with the current techniques in research, among which is sequencing.

According to him, “The world is moving and research is in progress and whoever is not evolving with research would just be at the back door. If you want to discover new things in Biomedicine today, sequencing is one of the major ways to get the process done”.

Also in his own paper, the Director General of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Muhammed Ibrahim, called for improved quality and state of Science, Technology and energy infrastructure in Nigerian Universities.

Represented at the Workshop by one of the Directors at NOTAP, Dr Isaac Nwaenobie, the NOTAP boss said that the role of Research and Development in the overall development of a nation cannot be over- emphasised.

Dr. Ibrahim also encouraged capacity building in research product commercialisation and computer literacy among the researchers in Nigerian institutions of higher learning.

He noted that commercialisation of research and development outputs is a complex process without a guarantee of success, saying that National investment in research and development is the lowest in sub-Sahara Africa with 0.22% of the GDP.

The NOTAP Director General also lamented that patenting from the Nigerian universities was still very low compared to their oversee contemporaries and the culture of patenting is very weak in most universities in developing countries, Nigeria inclusive.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Ag. Director of the Unilorin Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology (UIMSB), Dr. Kolawole Olatunji Matthew, announced that the Institute would be contributing 10,000 genomes to the 100 million genome project in the next five years.

According to him, the action, which was courtesy of the support the Institute received from the Vice-Chancellor and the school management, makes the University of Ilorin to become the first institution in the whole of Sub-Sahara Africa to attain the feat.

Dr. Kolawole said, “Before the death of the famous Steve Jobs, the Co-founder of Apple, he donated 100,000 USD to sequence the genome of the cancer that killed him. About 13 years ago, the United States government spent about $3 billion USD but produced in returns One Trillion US Dollars in economic impact to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the human genome project”.

The UIMSB Director, however, lamented that “African research institutes, and Nigeria in particular, have not keyed into this advancements”.

He said that “as a result of this, and the unique support the University of Ilorin Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology is currently receiving from our Vice-Chancellor and the University management, the institute is determined, as part of its major goals, to contribute 10,000 genomes to the 100 million genome project in the next five years, thereby becoming the first institute in the whole Sub-Saharan Africa to attain the feat”.

According to him, “This might sound unachievable knowing fully well that sequencing a single genome cost about $1,000, and sequencing 10,000 genomes would cost $10 million”.

The Director disclosed that the Institute was making frantic collaborative efforts with international bodies and notable organisations like Inqaba Biotech West Africa (Africa Genomic Company) towards making the quest possible.

The Dean of Student Affairs, University of llorin, Prof. Tajudeen Lanre Ajibade, has said that the University management has taken adequate pro-active measures to address the transportation challenges arising from the current fuel scarcity in the country.

Prof. Ajibade said in an interview with Unilorin Bulletin last Thursday that as a result of the measures put in place, the University does not have any transportation problem as being speculated in some quarters.

The Dean was reacting to some social media reports that students of the University are facing acute transportation challenges, forcing them to trek long distances to and from the campus.

Pointing out that this is not true, the Dean urged the students to remain calm and disregard what he called “the unfounded rumour, which was meant to destabilise the peaceful academic atmosphere of the University”.

Prof. Ajibade said, “As far as transportation is concerned in the University regarding the students we don't have any problem. As I talk to you we have acquired additional 10 Soludero buses to complement available commercial buses. So, if you see anybody trekking or trying to paint the picture in a different manner, they are only doing it out of their own free will. There are enough transportation facilities for the students to board”. 

  “We equally get as much as we need (Buses) from Offa Garage Park through the Road Transporters Union. The Korope Buses Union in the University also, among themselves go as far as Ogbomosho, Ikirun, Inisha and Oke-Oyi to buy fuel in order to address the issue of fuel scarcity, which some term to be University of Ilorin problem”, he stressed. 

 The Dean said that the University management is fully aware of the situation and doing everything possible to assist the students and cushion the effects of a nation-wide problem, the scarcity of petroleum products, on them.

 Prof. Ajibade thanked the University management for the enabling environment given to the Unit, the Kwara State Government, and the Road Transporters Union for coming to the aid of the University by providing more buses in addressing the crisis. 

He urged the media to refrain from blaming the University management for the non-availability of enough buses for the students, as the problem was caused by the acute fuel scarcity in the country.

The Dean said, “It is a national problem and not ours. It has equally affected University staff and students of other institutions across the country and within the state. So it will be unwise to blame the University of Ilorin administration over the scarcity of vehicle caused by scarcity of fuel”.

The management of Fountain      University, Osogbo, has appointed Mrs. Wasilah Kikelomo Sallee as the new Registrar of the institution.

Before her new appointment, Mrs. Sallee was a Deputy Registrar at the University of Ilorin.

Born on February 28, 1965, Mrs Sallee had her first degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Ilorin in 1988. She also had a Master's degree in Educational Management from the same University in 2010 and is rounding off  her Ph.D in Educational Management.  

The new Fountain University Registrar joined the services of the University of Ilorin in 2006 as a Records Officer. She became a Faculty Officer in 2007. She worked in various units of the Registry Department before becoming a Deputy Registrar at the Student Affairs Unit. She was later seconded to the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, where she doubled as the Secretary of the Institute in 2017.

Before joining the services of the University of Ilorin, she was a Chief Education Officer at the Kwara State Teaching Services Commission, Ilorin between 1992 and 2006

A versatile administrator, Mrs. Sallee has attended several professional trainings including the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA) Workshop at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos (July, 2016); the Annual National Management Conference (NIM) Abuja, Nigeria (October, 2015); Digital Bridge Institute, Advance Digital Appreciation, University of Ilorin   (May, 2015); the Annual National Management Conference (NIM) Uyo, (September, 2015); Workshop on Enhancing Skills of Legal Officers, University of Ilorin (June, 2014); Women in Management Conference (NIM) (July,      2013); Management Continuing Professional Education (NIM) Ilorin (August, 2012); Management Continuing Professional Education (NIM) Ilorin (December, 2011);Annual National Management Conference (NIM) Abuja (September, 2011);Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA), University of Maiduguri (November, 2010); Annual National Management Conference (NIM) Abuja, (September, 2010);Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA), Unilorin (November, 2008);Quality Enhancement for Administrative and Secretariat Staff, University of Ilorin (June, 2007);Annual National Conference of Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin (October, 2007); and the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators (ANUPA), University of Lagos (November, 2006).

The new Registrar is a member of several professional associations, among which are the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), the Association of Nigerian Universities Professional Administrators, the National Association of Educational Planners (NAEP). She is the Treasurer of the Unilorin Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Management since 2014 to date and Secretary, Unilorin Women Association from 2007 to date.

Mrs. Sallee has previously served as Secretary, Unilorin Chapter of NIM (2010 – 2014), Treasurer, Unilorin Chapter of the University of Ilorin Alumni Association (2010-2015), Secretary, Board of Unilorin Lake Resort (2012- 2014), Secretary, Unilorin Muslim Women Association (2012-2014), and Member, NIM Standards and Ethics Committee (2012-2013).

The University of Ilorin Debate Team has won the maiden edition of the Genesis Debate tournament held at the University of Ghana, Legon.

The competition, which held between January 4 and 7, 2018, is an international open tournament with participants drawn from universities in Nigeria, Ghana and Mauritius.

Other institutions that participated in the tournament were: the University of Ghana, Legon; Covenant University, Otta; the University of Lagos; the Zenith University College, Accra; the Federal University of Technology, Akure; the Islamic University College, Accra; the University of Calabar; Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra; Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti; ‎Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; Africa Leadership University, Mauritius; and ‎Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

The University of Ilorin Debate Team was also awarded three of the top 10 speakers' medals, and the Best Female Debater Award.

Members of the Team Unilorin at the tournament were Omotayo Jimoh, Hawau Abikan and David Ejim. Also, a student of Unilorin, Adekunbi Ademola, served as the Co-Chief Adjudicator of the competition.