It was an emotion-laden gathering penultmate Monday (August 28, 2017), as staff of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Ilorin, bade its retired Faculty Officer, Alhaji A.A. Yusuf, farewell.

Describing Alhaji Yusuf as “a dedicated staff”, the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. A. Eke, said the retired officer served the University in various capacities and will be remembered for the numerous contributions he had made to the Faculty and to the University at large.

In his own tribute, Prof. F.A. Adekola of the Department of Industrial Chemistry said that he cherished the retiree's disposition to work, pointing out that “Alhaji is a very committed staff. He is always punctual and always happy doing his assignment. He does it with joy and serious dedication and takes the students like they are his children and I am sure that is one of the motivating factors for him to always do his best.”

On his part, the Head of Geology Department, Dr Ige, said that Alhaji Yusuf “is a man filled with deep knowledge and I have learnt a lot from him. He lives a life that would make one desire to significantly contribute to the lives of those behind. Because of his wealth of knowledge, it would have been a great delight if he started a PhD programme so he can transfer that knowledge to the classroom through lecturing.”

Appreciating Alhaji Yusuf for his effort in uniting the Faculty Office and the Dean's Office, the Secretary to the Dean of Physical Sciences, Mrs Bolanle Momodu, noted that he showed great dedication and commitment to work and “he will remain evergreen in our hearts”.

 The former Sub-Dean of the old Faculty of Science, Dr. E.O. Titiloye, in his tribute, described the retiree as “a very lively, humble and friendly man that relates well with people”, adding that “despite the age difference between Alhaji Yusuf and most staff, he would come down to everyone's level and treated everyone with respect.”

Also, Dr A. Idowu of the Department of Mathematics commended Alhaji Yusuf for his effort in serving the Faculty wholeheartedly, stressing that he has made significant contribution especially in the academic and examination office and that “God will surely reward him for his diligent service”.

In his response, Alhaji Yusuf appreciated the Dean of the Faculty, as well as other staff for their support and for finding him worthy to be celebrated, saying, “I derive joy doing my job and I have been able to contribute my quota to the Faculty and the University at large because of the type of leaders I have been privileged to work with. Without them, I might have been limited. So, I appreciate them all.”