Retired University of Ilorin Professor of Zoology, J.S. Omotosho, has urged academic staff of the University to improve the University system by carrying out their duties conscientiously.

Prof. Omotosho made this call last Tuesday (May 8, 2018) while delivering his valedictory lecture entitled “Life in Academia: Ebenezer”, to mark his retirement from the University after 39 years of service.

The don, who joined the services of the University on January 2, 1979 and retired on December 21, 2017, advised members of the academic staff to see their students as their children and urged them to pursue relevant certificates in education in order to improve their performance on the job.

Prof. Omotosho recalled the days when he spent four years out of school on account of financial constraints and he took up a job as a shop keeper at Omu-Aran and Osogbo and as a cleaner at a bakery in Ilorin.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty of Life Science, Prof.  A. T. Ande, described the Faculty as one of the oldest in the University, being one of the three foundation Faculties established at the inception of the University in 1976. He said this made the Faculty to have a number of staff members who have put in 39years of service in the University. 

Prof. Ande noted that this category of staff deserve  appreciation by the University upon their retirement from service and urged younger staff to take advantage of the experience of such pioneer staff while they are still around. 

In his goodwill message, Prof J.A. Morakinyo of the Department of Plant Biology described the honoree as a hardworking scholar and urged him to spend his time with his grandchildren.  

On his part, Prof. J. A. Atteh of the Faculty of Agriculture recalled an award winning Ph.D. thesis, which he co-supervised with Prof. Omotosho. He noted that he had always cherished his relationship with   the honoree ever since their jointly supervised work emerged as the best Ph.D. in Animal Production in Nigeria.

  In his goodwill message, the Vice-Chancellor of the Summit University, Offa, Prof. H. O. B. Oloyede, charged all and sundry to join hands to right the wrongs which they see in the system for a greater nation and a brighter future for the younger generation.

The Dean of the Faculty of Physical Science, Prof. U. Eke, on his part, described the lecture as words of wisdom from an erudite, trained and robust mind.

The event was attended by former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. M. A. Akanji, the Director of the Central Research Laboratory, Prof. M. T. Yakubu, Prof. A. T. Oladiji of the Department of Biochemistry, Prof C. O. Bewaji of the Department of Biochemistry, and Prof. Ogunsanwo of the Department of Geology and Mineral Sciences among other eminent personalities.