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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has restated the commitment of the institution to contribute meaningfully to the human capacity and all-round transformation of its host communities.

            Prof. Abdulkareem stated this penultimate Saturday (May 18, 2019) while receiving a delegation of the Kwara State Agency for Mass Education at the Board Room of the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin. The delegation was on hand to support the Adult Literacy Programme of the Institute.

            Prof. Abdulkareem, who was represented at the event by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services),  Prof. Bolaji Fatai Sule, said that the University is committed to improving the socio-economic well-being of its surrounding communities as exemplified in the Adult Literacy Programme initiated by the Institute of Education to assist in providing basic literacy and communication skills for the interested adults of the surrounding communities.

                        The Vice-Chancellor added that the programme would, no doubt, promote the existing cordial relationship between the gown and the town while leaving participants more equipped to face the challenges of life.

            Prof. Abdulkareem commended the Director of the Institute, Prof. Lasiele Alabi Yahaya, for implementing the programme, which was initiated by his predecessor.

            The Vice-Chancellor, therefore, requested the Kwara State Government to support the programme with relevant educational materials and the services of Resource Persons who will professionally handle the adult learners for maximum impartation of knowledge.

            Speaking earlier, the Director of the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Yahaya, explained that the essence of the programme was to provide an avenue for the University to discharge its mandates, particularly the community service part of it.

            Prof. Yahaya added that the programme was designed to train participants on the ability to read, write and communicate effectively in the nation's official language while also equipping  them with simple arithmetic skills needed for day to day economic transactions.

            The Director, who commended his predecessor for initiating the programme, justified its essence by saying that "if foreign universities could extend their services to beneficiaries in Nigeria, one way or the other, it is not out of place for the University of Ilorin to also impact on the communities around it as a form of corporate social responsibility initiative”.

            He disclosed that the programme, which drew participants from among artisans, who could no longer attend conventional schools because of other commitments, is compartmentalised into different stages.

            While stating that the Institute had to go round to “scout”, Prof. Yahaya urged the Kwara State government to assist the programme with all that would encourage participants to show more interest in acquiring knowledge which, he assured, will make them to function effectively in life and contribute their quotas to national development.

            Responding, the Executive Director, Kwara State Agency for Mass Education, Hajia Fatimah Oba Baanu, who was represented by the Agency's Director of Programme, Alhaji Aminu Suleiman Salihu, assured the University of Ilorin of the Kwara State Government's support towards the success of the programme.

            The event witnessed the presentation of some materials by the Agency to the Institute as well as an interactive session with the adult learners, who expressed satisfaction with the way and manner they have been treated since the commencement of the programme.

            The participants, numbering 20 and who spoke through Mrs. Mulikat Soliu, Deaconess Adeoye Janet and Mr. Suleiman Tajudeen, thanked the University for affording them what they called a "second chance" at schooling. They expressed their willingness to learn, adding that they would do everything to justify the essence of the programme.

            The event attracted several dignitaries including the Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Medinat F. Salman; the Head of the Department of Adult and Primary Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. O. O. Okogie, who was represented by Dr. A. O. Olawuni; the Deputy Director, Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. R. W. Okunloye; Mr. Adebayo Adebanji, who stood in for the Secretary of the Institute, and Mr. M. M. Ibrahim, the Institute's Accountant.