The immediate past Director of the Unilorin Consultancy Services Centre (UCSC), Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu, has advocated a semi-autonomous status for the University's Consultancy Service for it to be able to generate considerable profit for the institution. 

Prof. Mokuolu, who gave the advice  penultimate Friday (June 30, 2018) during a send-forth programme organised for him and former Deputy Directors of the Centre at the Research Lodge, University of Ilorin, said, “Consultancy Services is a profit making venture of the university. We must be daring as a university to make good decisions, the request for some form of semi-autonomy is very crucial”. 

The don, who is also a former Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE), said that the University should put its money where its mouth is and give enabling environment for the business to grow if it wants to do business. 

Pointing out that the Consultancy Services could have a Chief Executive Officer that would guide the centre into a successful and profitable venture, Prof. Mokuolu said, “Honestly, we cannot administer bureaucracy and business together because the two don't go together”.

He said that “the study model is Harvard University which generates about 4.7 billion US dollars annually”, adding that “they have a separate management structure on all Harvard business ventures. And except we do that, we might be slowing down”.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. B. F. Sule, extolled the quality of Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu's headship of the Unilorin Consultancy Services.

Prof. Sule, who is also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), commended the centre for deeming it fit to appreciate and celebrate all those that have laboured to advance the University. 

Tracing the history of the Consultancy Services, Prof. Sule acknowledged the contribution of the former Director, who, he said, strived to ensure the progress of the outfit despite challenges.

Also in his remarks, the Ag. Director of UCSC, Dr.  (Mrs.) O.A. Eleta, said there is nothing done in life that does not get rewarded. She then prayed that the Lord would reward adequately all those that have served from various quarters and in different ways, contributed to bring the unit to the stage it was.

Dr . Eleta said that the family gathering was organised to appreciate God, as He has helped each of the honorees who had over the years sacrificed their intellect, time, and other resources to ensure the continued existence of the Unilorin Consultancy and in particular, the Unilorin Water Enterprises and Unilorin Researchers Lodge.

Various speakers at the event especially those who served under Prof. Mokuolu, described the erudite scholar as a mentor and a leader per excellent.

Among them were the former Deputy Director, Community Business Venture, Dr. Muhammad-Lawal Abdulazeez; the former Deputy Director, Continuity Professional Development, Dr. Taofiq A. Alabi; the Director General of URDMB, Mr. Ayo Sijuwola; the Manager of the Unilorin Researcher Lodge, Mr. Ologun Olohunleke; the former Manager of Unilorin Water Enterprises, Mr. Abdulrahman Idris; the Supervisor of Unilorin Water Enterprise, Mr. Kenneth Anorue; the Accountant of Consultancy Service, Mr. Adeyemi Idris; and the former Accountant of Unilorin Water Enterprise, Mr. Adeyemi.