…Osinbajo, Obasanjo, Anyaoku, Adeboye to be honoured at same ceremony

In what is arguably a befitting parting gift to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), a Lagos-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), working in conjunction with The Guardian newspaper, has nominated the University of Ilorin for this year's 'Landmark Achievement Award for Academic Excellence', citing the institution's “impeccable academic records and proven integrity” as one of its criteria.

The notification for this prestigious award was contained in a letter written to Prof. Ambali by the Governing Council of the Nigeria Education Week Award (NEW), a copy of which was made available to Unilorin Bulletin.

The award ceremony will take place on a yet to be announced date and venue.

The tone of the letter suggested that the University of Ilorin is the only institutional honoree in the Award that also parades the likes of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku. 

In the letter dated September 4, 2017 and signed by the Chairman, Main Organizing Committee of the Nigeria Education Week Award 2017, Prof. Sidi Osho, the Council said, “In furtherance to our call for nomination advertorial as published in The Guardian newspaper editions of August 16 and 18 this year and subsequent nomination of your institution by the general public and recommendation of our panel of judges, on behalf of the Governing Council of the Nigeria Education Week, we are pleased to inform you of the decision of the Council to confer the 'Landmark Achievement Award for Academic Excellence' on your institution, as an acknowledgment of your impeccable academic records and proven integrity”.

The Council disclosed that the 'Landmark Achievement Award for Academic Excellence' “is only awarded to institutions that have distinguished themselves in academic excellence, both in the professionalism of lecturers and specifically in the efficacy of produced graduates”.

According to the organisers of the Award, “this honour recognizes the commitment demonstrated by the University towards education programmes, activities and the ideals of the Governing Council of Nigeria Education Week”.

Congratulating Prof. Ambali on the prestigious award, Nigeria Education Week Award's Governing Chairman said, “The Council took cognizance of the University's track record of unflinching excellence in research, innovation and academics, institutionalized discipline, strict compliance with admission ethics, and promotion of social values”.

Prof. Osho expressed the Council's hope that “this award will encourage the University not only to maintain this standard, but also to raise the bar of excellence in the comity of Nigerian universities”.

The Chairman of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU), Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has underscored the crucial role of universities in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in view of their status as the pinnacle of education and human capacity development.

Prof. Ambali, who is also the Vive-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, made this submission last Monday (September 18, 2017) in his address at the opening ceremony of the Association's 5th Annual Conference and General Meeting held at Hotel Gaweye, Niamey, Niger Republic. The theme for the Conference was “Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Universities”.

In his address, entitled “Walking Together”, the AWAU Chairman told a large audience of mostly heads of universities across the West African sub-region that none of the 17 lofty goals can be achieved without education, which he described as “the vehicle that will convey all the SDGs to fruition”

According to Prof. Ambali, “if education is the vehicle, it goes without saying that universities are its engine. Without universities, not only education but the entire SGDs will be a complete nullity”.

The Unilorin helmsman, therefore, submitted that “our universities have significant roles to play at the levels of providing leadership, fostering partnerships, developing human capacity, increasing research, creating awareness and promoting knowledge”.

Prof. Ambali explained that “all these cannot be achieved without commitment to working hard and walking together on the part of the stakeholders from governments and development partners to universities and the people themselves”.

The AWAU Chairman told his colleagues that “what is desirable from us all is the need to keep working and walking together to achieve SDGs as we realise that we cannot clap with one hand”

Pointing out that “universities are established to fast-track development and anything regarding development is within the purview of our institutions”, the AWAU Chairman said, “Our teaching, our research and our community service or engagements should be aimed at adding value to the society”.

He, therefore, challenged the participants to ensure that at the end of the conference, they should “go back and further think of how we can domesticate and attain the SDGs within our institutions and hosting communities”, adding, “If we work well and we walk together by sharing ideas, expertise and values, we will together sail smoothly to the shore of sustainable development, which has been eluding many societies in our region”.

Prof. Ambali explained that the Annual Conference was one of the Association's strategies to meet its objectives of promoting collaboration among member universities. This, according to the AWAU Chairman, is achieved by focusing on thematic issues bordering on development and advancement in the region.

He said, “Since 2012 till date, the Association has been organising annual conferences on diverse themes that are relevant to its vision and mission. This year's conference is not an exemption as it focuses on an apt, crucial and relevant theme: 'Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals: Role of Universities”.

The Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU) was founded on January 10, 2011 at the University of Ilorin through the “Ilorin Declaration” with the main vision of making a significant landmark in the provision of qualitative higher education in the region.

Prof. Ambali was accompanied to the Conference by some top officials of the University including the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem.

Others were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Adedayo Yusuf Abdulkareem; the Director of the Central Research Laboratories, Prof. (Mrs.)Temidayo Oladiji; and the Director, Centre for Research Development and In-House Training  (CREDIT), Prof. B. S. Alabi, among others

In its sustained drive to help improve the quality of academic publications by removing ambiguities surrounding acceptable journals and inculcate enduring academic culture among the University staff, the Library and Publications Committee will be organising a three-day Talk Shop for concerned members of academic staff.

 A statement by the Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Kunle Akogun, quoted the Committee Chairman, Prof. Y. A. Quadri, as saying that “the objective of the Talk Shop, which holds at the University Auditorium between Tuesday, September 25, 2017 and Thursday, September 27, 2017 at 10.00a.m. each day, is to discuss the issue before it is sent to the University's Appointment and Promotions Committee for consideration”.

Prof. Quadri said that “the Library and Publications Committee, in a meeting held recently, noted that some members of the academic staff lack academic culture particularly integrity and mentoring required to sustain them within the academic system.

 “Secondly, the committee recognized the need to revisit the definition of acceptable academic publications within the perception of global best practices in order to remove ambiguities and provide guidance on where to publish. Everybody is hereby called upon to be part of the discussion on the issue before it is sent to the AP & C for consideration. The Committee therefore, decided to have a talk shop on the matters”.

 The Library and Publications Committee Chairman, therefore, urged members of the academic staff to come to the Talk Shop with their laptops on the dates indicated against their Faculties as follows:

  1. Tuesday 26th September 2017:

  Faculties of Arts; CIS; Education; Environmental Science; Management Sciences; Law and Social Sciences.

  Speaker: Prof. Amadu Sesay 

Discussant: Prof. W. O. Egbewole

Topic:“In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

  1. Wednesday 27th September 2017:

 Faculties of Agriculture; Engineering; Life Science & Physical Science

 Speaker: Prof. J.A. Obaleye  

Discussant: Prof. D.S. Ogunniyi

  Topic: “In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

  1. Thursday 28th September 2017:

Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences; Clinical Science; Pharmaceutical Science and Veterinary Medicine

Speaker: Prof. S.F. Ambali

Discussant: Prof. A.B.O. Omotoso

Topic: “In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

Time is 10am.  each day

Like a golden fish that has no hiding place, Professor Ambali's many accomplishments did not go unnoticed and they were duly recognized. So many organizations --- governmental and non-governmental --- and individuals, who have faithfully followed the steadily rising profile of the Professor of Veterinary Medicine, have practically demonstrated their impression with showers of laurels on this silent achiever. The flagship of the myriads of awards won by the Vice-Chancellor was the conferment of the prestigious National Honours Award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) on him by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on September 29, 2014.

Among the other awards conferred on Professor Ambali in apparent recognition of his consistent drive for excellence in his tour of duties are:

1)Icon of Peace Award given by the World Institute for Peace (July 31, 2017)

2)Icon of Excellence Award given by Modisult Media Concept (July 25, 2017)

3)Member of the Governing Board of the Association of African Universities (AAU) during the Association's 50th Anniversary celebration in Accra, Ghana (June 8, 2017)

4)Best Performing Vice-Chancellor Award given by the National Association of Pubic Administration Students (NAPAS) (April 3, 2017)

5)Award of Excellence given by the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students' Association (POGSASS) (March 9, 2017)

6)Award for Outstanding Achievements  given by the Muslim Media Watch Group (MMWG) of Nigeria (January 13, 2017)

7)Vice-Chancellor of the Year Award given by the Association of Northern Nigerian Students (ANNS) (October 13, 2016)

8)Chairman of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU) (October 5, 2016)

9)Man O' War Award for outstanding contributions to the Nigerian youth and education in the country (August 16, 2016).

10)Rotary Club Award for exemplary leadership (May 2, 2016)

11)Nelson Mandela Most Revered African Patriot Awar

 of Excellence given by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) (April 20, 2016)

12)International Award for Service Excellence given by Research Nexus Africa Networks (March 22, 2016).

13)Council of Muslim Organizations (CMO) Award for Meritorious Services to Humanity (March 5, 2016)

14)Board Member, International Association of Universities (IAU)  (2016)

15)Newswatch CEO-of-the-Year (Public Sector) Award (February 21, 2016)

16)Clean and Green Award of Excellence given by the Lawns and Ground Maintenance Contractors (November 26, 2015).

17)       Most Distinguished Honorary Fellowship Award given by the National Institute  of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) (November 19, 2015)

18)IRIA Fellowship given by the Institute of Research and Innovation Africa (IRIA) in recognition of his service and contribution to the growth of tertiary education in the continent (September 14, 2015).

19)NAPSS' Patriotic Peace Ambassador for the Year 2015 awarded by the National Association of Peace Studies Students (NAPSS) (September 14, 2015)

20)Icon of Hope Award by the Northern Youth Vanguard (NYV) (June 26, 2015).

21)Academic Icon of the Year awarded by the Students' Union of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State (June 12, 2015)

22)Grand Commander of all Paramilitary Groups on the University Campus awarded by Man O' War (April 30, 2015)

23)Centenary Merit Award for Outstanding Vice-Chancellor  given by the Grassroots Leadership Centre (GLC), Abuja (March 12, 2015)

24)Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience in recognition of his sterling performance (March 11, 2015)

25)Academic Icon Award given by the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students, (November 7, 2014).

26)National Honours Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred on him by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (September 29, 2014).

27)Distinguished Service Award given by University of Manchester, UK (September 22, 2014)

28)Meritorious Award of Excellence given by the Kwara State Branch of the Video Film Producers Association of Nigeria (VFPAN) (August 21, 2014).

29)Icon of Integrity and member, Oduduwa Students' Hall of Fame given by the National Association of Oduduwa Students' (NAOS) (July 30, 2014)

30)Nigerian Youth Parliament Awards given by the Nigerian Youth Parliament (April 7, 2014)

31)Good Leadership Award given by the National Association of Nigerian Female Students (NANFS) (December 20, 2013).

32)Best Performing VC Award given by Baseline Global Ventures (December 6, 2013).

33)WASU Leadership Award given by the West African Students' Union (WASU) (November 12, 2013).

The Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for the creation of inter-community economic platforms as part of the efforts to create more opportunities for the youths, promote inclusiveness in governance, as well as ensure that prosperity is shared in a way that discourages conflict.

Dr Ahmed made this call last Thursday (September 21, 2017), while delivering his lecture at the 2017 United Nations International Day of Peace, organised by the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin.

Speaking on the theme "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All", the Governor, who was the Guest Speaker on the occasion, explained that because the "youths make up about 70% of the country's total population", they can be "dividend for social transformation with the right investments or exploited to promote violence, insurgency and drive radicalisation."

Dr Ahmed, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Tertiary Institution, Dr Samuel Olawale Ajayi, noted that limited economic opportunities, participation in governance and rising unemployment rates have resulted in frustration and agitation among the youths, adding that "this frustration is evident in the involvement of youths in terrorism....and the alarming recruitment into extremism groups."

The Guest Speaker added that to prevent youth radicalisation and ensure peaceful co-existence in the country, the youths should be empowered in various capacities and reduce the poverty that is prevalent in the country.

Stressing the vital roles youths play in aiding peace building in societies recovering from conflict, the governor called for the inclusion of young people in peace building and conflict resolution, adding that "for us to achieve sustainable peace as a country, we must put aside our differences and work in unity."

Dr Ahmed then urged all to “be advocates of peace and adopt peaceful resolutions to disputes, as well as promote the spirit of harmonious living because peace is essential for any society that seeks an atmosphere in which people can thrive.

Declaring the event open earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), described the theme as "very relevant and current". He noted that the occasion is holding at a crucial time "when peace is becoming elusive in Nigeria because of the tragedies that are creating challenges for the government and military."

Prof. Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya, stated that in order to ensure peace in the society, there is need to be wary of "what we say or write as they could create disunity, which eventually leads to war and war makes a country vulnerable."

Recalling the efforts of past leaders in Nigeria's attainment of independence, the Vice-Chancellor advocated the teaching of history especially at the primary and secondary school levels in order for the spirit of peace and heroism to be inculcated into the younger ones at an early age "because when they understand the need for peace, it would inform their decision making."

In his welcome address, the Director of CPSS, Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, disclosed that the "overarching message of the Peace Day is the need to work in unity regardless of individual, ethnic, religious or political differences", adding that "the theme of the occasion will also advance our quest to live together in peace in Nigeria, as a microcosm of the world, while respecting one another in the interest of our collective safety, dignity and humanity."

Dr Adedimeji explained that "the agitation for secession and the hullabaloo it is generating are borne out of misplacement of priorities because secession is not a precursor to the Eldorado some people are fantasising about". He, therefore, emphasised the need to work together and respect other people's opinion because there is always a need to prioritise mutual respect and safety.

According to Dr. Adedimeji, "there is the need to love, to live and let live. There is the need to treat people with dignity. Nigerians should all be one and each of us should stand for other Nigerians. We should be all for one and one for all."

While stating that the CPSS' mandate is to "develop and train high level manpower in peace and related studies", the Director recalled that at the foundation laying of the Centre in 2008, "the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University and current Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, noted that the establishment of the Centre was compelled by the urgent need for peace in our turbulent world."

He then stated that the Centre has performed excellently in training numerous scholars and professionals that are now contributing their quota to the advancement of peace and security all over the world.

On her part, Dr Biola Adimula, a lecturer at the Centre, highlighted some of the things to do in a conflict situation. According to her, these include "understanding what the problem is, understanding the cause of the conflict, identifying connectors, that is things that bring solution to the problems, planning the solution and exposing all that have been responsible for the conflict."

In her address entitled "Do no Harm Doctrine", Dr Adimula further urged all to advocate peace and shun acts that promote disunity and violence because no success is recorded in an environment known for war and violence.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a "Distinguished Peace Personality" award to the Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Ahmed, as well as "Peace Personality" awards to the Commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Education, Sobi, Ilorin, and the Commander of the Nigerian Army Education Corps.

Also present at the occasion were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. G.A. Olatunji; the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Oyeronke Olademo; the. Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Prof. Tanimowo and the Ag. Dean, Faculty of Law, Dr Kayode Adams as well as some Directors and Heads of Departments.

Massive Internationalisation Drive

The Professor Ambali administration significantly sustained the legendary internationalization drive of his predecessors. Through its Centre for International Education (CIE), the University has facilitated students' exchange with foreign institutions based on existing Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with such institutions. This has promoted regional integration, acculturation and enhanced educational / research opportunities

Foreign faculties have also been engaged with the University to facilitate the strengthening of research capabilities, grantsmanship and the introduction of new programmes. The University also engages in a number of activities that are geared towards the promotion of global best practices either by learning from others or by sharing important lessons learnt with the global community. The modest efforts of the University on internationalization have yielded many gains, among which are: placing the University on the global map of higher institutions of repute; affording the University the opportunity to partner many reputable universities all over the world; affording the University access to facilities that are not available within the country; promoting internationalization within the campus thereby exposing staff and students to international opportunities such as American Council for Learned Society, (ACLS) Fulbright Fellowship, etc.; participating in the programmes of international organizations to which the University is a member (such as AAU and others).This benefits the university in a number of ways. For example, AAU pays for visiting scholars from Africa, like external examiners and other scholars on short term visits.  It also funds limited graduates' researches; and helping the University to set new standards in terms of international staff and students.

In addition, Professor Ambali was able to bring the likes of the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama; the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington; the former President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Prof. Dzulkifli AbdulRasak; the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Prof. John Wood; and several other international figures to deliver lectures at the University convocation ceremonies.

The presence of these international figures, especially Carrington, on the campus of the University of Ilorin was one of the best PR stunts for the University and, indeed, the entire country in recent times. Not only did Carrington's visit to the University in 2013 draw the highest national and international attention to Unilorin, with the massive media blast it engendered, it was also a diplomatic plus for the Federal Government in its sustained effort to convince foreigners then that the orchestrated so-called level of insecurity in the country at the time was a mere fluke.

One of the immediate dividends of the University's massive internationalization drive was Professor Ambali's election, in 2016, as the Chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU). The election was an additional feather to his well-adorned cap, a veritable testament to his administrative acumen. In particular, it was a call to replicate, at a higher sub-regional level, the Midas touch, with which the multiple award-winning Vice-Chancellor has turned the University of Ilorin into a world-class institution. The election was indeed an international recognition of the leadership position of the University of Ilorin among the committee of Nigerian tertiary institutions.   

 

Community Service

One of the most epochal of Professor Ambali's achievements in the area of community service was the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the University signed with the Nigerian Army for the training of senior military personnel in Peace and Strategic Studies, at Masters' level.

The establishment of a Community-based Counselling Centre in the heart of Ilorin town is another community service initiative of the Ambali administration. Sited in Tanke area of Ilorin South Local Government area, the Centre is a collaborative arrangement with the Crescent Gold Hospital, Tanke, Ilorin. It is unique and the first of its kind in terms of public private partnership.

The Centre is expected to help in addressing cases of drop-outs and various forms of deviant behaviours among the youths.   

 

Sports Development

Prof. Ambali also made remarkable contributions to sports development in the University during his tour of duty. The successful hosting of the Second National Youth Games held at the Unilorin Sports Complex between September 24th and 29th 2016 brought a hail of commendations for the University such that the Federal Government automatically conceded the hosting of the third edition of the games to the better far institution!

 

Promotion of Religious Harmony

One of the hallmarks of Professor Ambali's tenure is the active and manifest promotion of religious harmony among staff members and students and indeed all members of the University Community. Not only did he actively encourage the unhindered practice of both Christianity and Islam by the respective adherents of both faiths, it is on record that Professor Ambali played host to leaders of both religious groups at one time or another during his tenure.

One of such religious leaders that came calling is the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, who visited the University on November 10, 2016. The renowned cleric was a guest of the Unilorin Christian Fellowship Association (UCFA) but he took time off his schedule to pay a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor in his office, during which he spoke glowingly about the enduring religious harmony and exemplary academic excellence of the University.

The University, under Professor Ambali, also played host to a bevy of Muslim clerics on February 3, 2017 during the foundation laying and launching ceremony of the Unilorin Centre for Quran Memorization, an initiative of the University of Ilorin Muslim Community.

Also worthy of note is the institution of Eid prayers on the University campus by the Muslim community during the tenure of Professor Ambali.

 

Sustaining Excellence, Staying at the Top

The University of Ilorin has, over the years, proved to be a veritable centre of academic excellence. It has been consistently ranked the best University in Nigeria and one of the best 20 in Africa by different international University Ranking Agencies. The University also has the most stable and consistent academic calendar in the country, which makes it the most sought after institution by admission seekers.

The administration of Professor Ambali sustained the University's robust national and international rating. Not only that, he was able to move the University a notch higher, catapulting it from its 2013 status of the second most subscribed university in the country to the most subscribed since 2014. Statistics from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shown that the University of Ilorin consistently maintained the status of the most patronized University by admission seekers in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) consecutively.

To be continued next week

As the 2017/2018 admission exercise gets underway, no fewer than 48, 666 admission seekers sat for the post-UTME screening last week to test their eligibility for admission into the University of Ilorin.

The six-day long screening exercise held seamlessly at two centres – Ilorin and Lagos – between Monday (September 11, 2017) and Saturday (September 16, 2017).

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Ilorin again emerged the most subscribed university by admission seekers this year, with more than 104,000 candidates picking the University as their preferred institution in the last Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) moderated admission application. Out of these, 59,045 scored 180 and above in the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), qualifying them for the screening exercise, which is the last stage of the admission process

A total 49, 631 candidates registered for the screening exercise, which is entirely CBT based.

A breakdown of the number of candidates examined each day shows that on Day One of the exercise (Monday, September 11, 2017), 11,400 candidates were screened at both centres with the Ilorin Centre having 7, 800 candidates while 3, 565 candidates presented themselves for screening at the Lagos Centre.

However, 46 candidates were absent at the Ilorin Centre while 35 failed to show up at the Lagos Centre.

On Day Two (Tuesday, September 12, 2017), a total of 11, 325 candidates were examined with the Ilorin Centre having 7, 745 applicants and 3, 580 in Lagos.

On Day Three (Wednesday, September 13, 2017), 11,250 applicants were screened, 3509 in Lagos and 7741 in Ilorin.

On Day Four (Thursday, September 14, 2017), 10, 903 admission seekers were screened with Lagos centre accounting for 3, 195 candidates while 7, 708 candidates were examined at the Ilorin Centre.

On Day Five (Friday, September 15, 2017), a total of 3, 578 were screened at both centres with Ilorin having 3, 549 candidates and Lagos having only 29 candidates.

On Day Six (Saturday, September 16, 2017) 103 candidates were examined in a mop up exercise at the Ilorin Centre.

A major feature of the screening exercise was the prompt release of the result less than five hours after the completion of the examination each day. Candidates were just required to check their results online via the Unilorin admission portal by login in with their JAMB Registration Number and their Surname.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin in his office, the Director of the Computer Services and Information Technology Centre (COMSIT), the administrators of the screening exercise, Prof. M. O. Yusuf, disclosed that the exercise went on smoothly in both centres with only one incident of impersonation recorded.

The COMSIT Director added that the registration portal, which was earlier slated to be closed last Thursday (September 14, 2017) “remained opened till Sunday, September 17, 2017 for the second batch candidates whose list was being expected from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as well as those who needed to upload their NECO results and pictures, among others”.

Meanwhile, candidates that participated in the post-UTME screening have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination, describing it as one of the most successful examinations they have ever attended.

Some of the candidates who spoke with Unilorin Bulletin commended the University authorities for the machineries put in place for the conduct of the examination.

They observed that the examination process was hitch-free with the environment conducive for candidates.

One of the candidates, Mudathir Abdulmalik Benya, described the University's environment and the halls used for the screening as ideal for any examination, even as he commended the University management for its awareness creation on the mode of dressing in the University.

He said, "I so much like the way this year's post-UTME was conducted. There was a very conducive environment for a normal examination to take place. The halls were ok.

“In fact, the whole University's environment was very conducive. What impressed me more was the way they were creating awareness on the way we should dress as would-be students of their University."

Another candidate, Bature Shukurat, said she was not disappointed in the University over the conduct of the post-UTME screening, saying the University is reputed for best standards.

"Well, I can say I am not disappointed over the screening at all, because Unilorin is known for standard. So everything they do should be properly handled", she said.