Contd. From last week

(Excerpts from an upcoming documentary book, “The Ambali Years: A Chronicle of the

Landmark Achievements of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali [2012 – 2017]”,

written by Kunle Akogun, Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs)

(Year 2014 Projects contd.)

11) Geological Resort Centre at Aran-Orin (TETFund Project)

The Centre has the following facilities:

  • Main Administrative hub comprising Director's office, Secretary's office, committee room and a laboratory
  • Lecturers' Guest House (4 ensuite rooms plus sitting room)
  • Block comprising 20 self contained rooms for students
  • Entrance Gate House Fencing
  • Electricity and water reticulation including an elevated steel water tank
  • Borehole

                                   Year 2015

1)Work shop for Faculty of Engineering and Technology (TETFund Project)

The Work shop has the following facilities:

  • Four fully equipped laboratories
  • Two classrooms
  • Director's Office
  • Other offices and common room
  • Transformer and conveniences

2) Road to Researcher's Lodge(TETFund Project)

3)Robiat Ajike Private Hostel (BOT)

4)Physical Planning Unit Office building (IGR)

The building has the following facilities:

  • Director's and Deputy Director's Office Suites
  • Ten other offices
  • Conveniences
  • Board Room

5)Medical Assessment Centre (IGR)

6)Laboratory Complex for the Faculty of Agriculture (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Fully furnished 240 capacity laboratory
  • Preparatory rooms
  • Offices

7) Security Entrance/Gate House to the Senate Building/Auditorium Complex (IGR)

8) 600-seater Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Science (TETFund Project)

9) 300-seater Lecture Hall for the Faculty of Management Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

10)300-seater Lecture Hall for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FGN Needs   Assessment)

11) 300-seater Lecture hall for the Faculty of Education (FGN Needs Assessment)

12 The four-storey Complex of the Faculty of Arts (TETFund  Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Dean's Office Complex
  • Dean's Committee Room
  • Eight Heads of Departments Complexes (HOD's, Secretaries & General Offices)
  • 24 Professorial Suites
  • S64 other lecturers' offices Conveniences

13)Technical Entrepreneurial Development Centre (TETFund Project)

14)Electricity Supply from the Main Campus to the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs        Assessment)

  • 4km of overhead lines
  • 2 No 500KVA transformers
  • 2 No feeder pillars
  • 5km of 100mm main water line
  • 300m3 ground water tank
  • 100m3 elevated water tank

16) Sit-outs for students(IGR) at:

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences
  • The Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences
  • The Computer-Based Testing Complex (4 No 600 seats)

17) Complete Rehabilitation of the 650-seater Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Science (FGN    Needs Assessment)

18)Complete Rehabilitation of Lecture theatres I-IV(FGN Needs Assessment)

19) Complete Rehabilitation of the Faculty of Agriculture Laboratory (FGN Needs   Assessment)

20)  The Faculty of Science Phase IV (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • 1 No 100 capacity Laboratory
  • Preparatory rooms
  • 1 No 50 Capacity seminar room
  • Ten Lecturers' Offices\
  • Five Lecturers' Laboratories
  • Two other offices
  • Conveniences

    21) Faculty of Science Phase V (TETFund Project)

The complex has the followingfacilities:

  • 2 No Laboratories 50 capacity each
  • Preparatory rooms
  • 1 No HOD complex
  • Three Professorial Suites
  • 1 Computer room
  • Two other offices

   22) Department of Optometry and Vision Science (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Head of Department's Complex
  • Two Professorial Suites
  • Six Lecturers' Offices

Three Classrooms (1 No 80 capacity, 2 No 50 capacity each)

  • Committee Room
  • Four laboratories
  • Four Clinics
  • One Seminar Room
  • One Postgraduate room
  • Conveniences

 

                                      Year 2016

1)Office Block for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Dean's Office complex (Dean's Office, Committee Room, Secretary's office, General Office and Conveniences
  • Faculty Board Room
  • Three Departmental offices (HODs' offices, Secretaries' offices, General Offices etc)
  • Six Professorial suites
  • 18 Lecturers' Offices

2)Block of Laboratories for the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Four fully furnished students' laboratories
  • Preparatory rooms
  • Offices

3) Link Road to the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

  • A 6.5km surface dressed road

4)The New Senate Chamber (IGR/2014/2015 Capital)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Main Chamber with 390 seats, tables and microphones
  • 20-seater Committee Room
  • Deputy Registrar's Office plus five other offices
  • Conveniences\
  • Car parks
  • Ground and overhead water storage tanks

5)The Veterinary Teaching Hospital Complex (Sabo Oke) (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Several Laboratories
  • X-ray Room
  • Director's Office
  • Offices for Lecturers and Consultants
  • Dog Kernels
  • Animals Reception Area
  • Operating Theatre

     6) The 500 Capacity Lecture Hall (Type B) for the Faculty of Communication and Information                    Sciences (TETFund Project)

    7) The 500 Capacity Lecture Hall (Type A) for the Faculty of Science (TETFund   Project)

    8) Fencing around the Senate Building/Auditorium and Visitors/Drivers Waiting   Room (IGR)

    9) Animal House for the Central Research Laboratories (FGN Needs  Assessment)

    10) Private Hostel (GULF PEARL)

    11) Private Hostel (ALBANIC)

    12) Private Hostel (HAWA)

    13) Private Hostel (EL MUBARAK)

    14) Parking Lots (IGR) at:

  • The Dental Clinic
  • The Performing Arts Department
  • The Department of Statistics
  • The Department of Agric and Bio-Systems Engineering
  • Works Department
  • COMSIT Unit

15)  Sit-outs for Students at:

  • The Faculty of Education (1 No of 150 seats)
  • The Faculty of Arts (1 No of 150 seats)

16) The 300-seater Lecture Hall (A) for the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

17) The 300-seater Lecture Hall (B) for the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

18) The 2-per-room Hostel for the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • 125 fully furnished en-suite bed spaces
  • Common rooms
  • Laundry

19) The 4-per-room hostel (Abuja) (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • 240 fully furnished en-suite bed spaces
  • Common rooms
  • Laundry

20) The NLNG Engineering Research Centre (Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd    donation)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Six general Laboratories
  • One Wind Tunnel Laboratory
  • Three Computing Laboratories
  • One Conference/Seminar Room
  • Library
  • Exhibition area
  • Large number of high-end Engineering Research equipment

 

                                      Year 2017

1) A Library Complex for the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Librarian's office and four other offices
  • Three large reading rooms, total capacity 380.
  • Seminar Room for 50 people
  • 100-seater E-Library
  • Lecturers' Reading Room
  • Book store, Bindery and conveniences.

2) Office Block Complex Type A for the College of Health  Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Four Heads of Department's complexes
  • Six Professorial Suites
  • 36 Lecturers' offices
  • Two Seminar Rooms
  • One Board Room

3) Office Block Complex Type B for the College of Health Sciences (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Six Heads of Department's complexes
  • 12 Professorial Suites
  • 36 Lecturers' offices
  • One Seminar room
  • Library

4) Office Block for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FGN Needs Assessment)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • The Dean's office complex
  • The Dean's Committee Room
  • Faculty Board Room
  • Staff Common Room
  • Computer room
  • 10 other offices
  • Conveniences

5) The University of Ilorin 4-storey Complex Abuja Liaison Office (IGR)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • 20 en-suite guest rooms
  • Transformer; Parking lot
  • Water treatment plant
  • 150 KVA Sound-proof generator
  • Escalator
  • Transformer
  • Water treatment plant
  • Ground and over-head water storage tanks
  • Parking lot

 6) Green House (TETFund Project)

7) Part of Ring Road Abuja to TRUNIL Hostel (2016 Normal Capital)

  • 5km Surface dressed road

A Professor of Science Education at the University of Ilorin, Adekunle Solomon Olorundare, has called on the Federal Government to urgently check the growing number of out-of-school children in the country, lamenting that over 10 million school-age Nigerian kids do not have access to functional early childhood care and education.

Prof. Olorundare made the call last Tuesday (August 22, 2017) in his Keynote Address  at the Annual Conference of the Early Childhood Association of Nigeria, ECAN, held at the University Auditorium.   

In the address, entitled “Repositioning Early Childhood Education in Nigeria for Global Competitiveness: A Peek into Global Best Practice”, Prof. Olorundare said, “While enrolment at primary school has increased in the recent years, with a net attendance placed at 70 per cent, Nigeria is reported to have the world's highest number of out-of-school children, conservatively put at 10.5 million.”

Noting that even though the government policy on early childhood education and care is laudable, the Keynote Address Speaker submitted that its actualization and implementation are poorly harnessed.

He suggested that Early Childhood Education (ECE) must be considered as part of the child's right as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Speaking on the importance of Early Childhood Education, Prof. Olorundare noted that Education International strongly believes that Early Childhood Education is of great value to all children and should be available to all.

In addition, the former Dean of the Faculty of Education stressed that ECE provides a sound basis for learning and further helps to develop skills, knowledge, personal competence and confidence and a sense of social responsibility.

According to him, “Every child, including children from deprived socioeconomic backgrounds and other disadvantaged groups, should have access to early education services of good quality. Nigerian children cannot and must not be denied the benefits of this fundamental right.”

Prof. Olorundare recommended that government must initiate mechanisms to regulate and control private establishments and operation of pre-primary education in the country.

He said, “While the Federal Ministry of Education will spend N205.8 million to purchase three exotic Toyota Jeeps LC V8 2016 models at the rate of N68.6 million each, it will spend just N7.2 million for all the activities to improve early childhood education of about 30 million children who are five years old and below.”

Prof. Olorundare called for increased funding while advising the government to go beyond formulating policies and granting licenses to private operators and move to effective monitoring and supervision of their activities in order to achieve the aims of early childhood care development and education (ECCDE).

Earlier in her welcome address, the President of ECAN, Prof. (Mrs.) F. A. Osanyin, noted that today's children are the workforce of tomorrow, adding that a weak foundation for these automatically means an uncertain and shaky future for the society.

Prof. Osanyin warned that the gross neglect, inadequate recognition, investment and attention to children in the early years would result in children who would probably fail to reach their academic, socio-emotional and health potentials.

“Such children”, according to her, “may, therefore, pose challenges and become liabilities to society; have a high probability of involvement in crime and other forms of socially deviant behaviour”.

Prof. Osanyin maintained that access to early childhood development has significant consequences for eradicating global poverty and achieving sustainable development and indeed the goals as enumerated in MDGs.

While declaring the conference open, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), appreciated the Association for choosing to hold the international conference at the University.

Prof. Ambali, who was represented on the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya, underscored the importance of character and learning in childhood education, frowning at the situation where there is over emphasis on learning above character.

The Vice-Chancellor advised that television and computer should not be allowed to mould the character of children, calling on parents and care givers to be involved in the development of children from an early age.

A Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Ilorin, Olumuyiwa Ajani Lasode, has made a case for renewable energy sources as part of measures towards ensuring that the energy needs of Nigerians are met, saying that this is central to the attainment of industrial growth as well as the socio-economic development of the country in general.

Prof. Lasode stated this last Thursday (August 24, 2017) at the University's Main Auditorium while delivering the 173rd Inaugural Lecture of the University, entitled “Energy that Works”.

The Inaugural Lecturer, who identified sources of renewable energy to include geothermal, wind, hydropower, solar, and biomass resources, said that these sources, when used in a sustainable manner, possess low environmental risks.

He, however, noted that the contribution of renewable energy resources to the total energy consumption in the country is rather low and fraught with severe limitations, just as he disclosed that “large-scale hydropower sources in the country have a huge potential for delivering as much as 10,000 MW of power.”

While pointing out that there was a “gradual shift towards the exploitation of renewable energy resources by many nations so as to increase its percentage share of the energy mix”, Prof. Lasode said, “Nations and economic blocs set targets in relation to the form of energy that works best for them based on the comparative advantage they have in the exploitation of their resources.”

He further observed that “some of these targets were met even before the set dates because of the efforts and seriousness with which the targets were pursued through aggressive research funding.”

The don, who stressed that “conventional energy sources will sooner or later get depleted”, maintained that “they will no more be reckoned with and can no more deliver the work required for development. I submit therefore, that the energy that works, and will continue to work on sustainable basis is the renewable energy derivable from the Sun.”

Describing solar energy as “a high-temperature, high radiant energy source, with tremendous advantages over other alternative energy sources”, Prof. Lasode explained that “it is a reliable and robust renewable resource which is largely undeveloped.”

The scholar, therefore, urged the government to “set achievable target for percentage of renewable energy components of the national energy mix and sponsor specific researches with the aim of meeting it within specified time frame”. He also suggested that “this could be captured as a thematic area in the TETFUND Research Grant.”

The Inaugural Lecturer stressed the importance of computational research in making “useful predictions, forecasts and correlations”. He further enjoined the government to encourage and support computational research in Nigerian universities and particularly, the University of Ilorin, with the provision of super-computing facilities.

Putting forward his recommendations, the don said the Nigerian Bio-fuel Policy and Incentives which seeks to “develop a low carbon economy and gradually reduce the country's dependence on imported gasoline” should be strengthened and broadened to accommodate solid and gaseous bio-fuels, which “will help regulate the use of raw fuel wood and encourage the use of alternatives such as solid and gaseous bio-fuels in a sustainable manner.”

According to him, the Policy is aimed at reducing “environmental pollution associated with fossil fuels while at the same time create a commercially viable and sustainable agro-industrial clusters across the country where fuel ethanol, biomass co-generation electric power, cattle fattening and the Great Green Wall (GGW) fruit canning programmes may be practised with a view to precipitating pervasive domestic jobs and wealth creation, poverty reduction and the general well-being of the citizenry.”

Prof. Lasode urged the University of Ilorin to “pioneer solar water heating devices on roof-tops of hostel buildings to provide hot water for bathing while solar photovoltaic cells should be used to supply lighting, thus reducing the cost of electrical energy.”

 The don said, “In a tropical continent like Africa, solar energy is available in abundance”, adding that “Nigeria is a geographically-favoured region lying approximately between 4°N and 14°N of the Equator and 15°E of the Greenwich Meridian, where abundance of sunshine or solar energy can be received”.

He pointed out that “the tropical station under consideration, Ilorin, lies on latitude 8.462°N and has solar radiation of 550-1075 Wh/m2 or about 17-25 MJ/m2 per day”, explaining that “this is quite an enormous amount of energy that should be put to the best use”.

Prof. Lasode said, “In order to boost electricity supply to the rural areas to stimulate development, off-grid hybrid electricity generation stations, comprising mini-hydropower, solar photovoltaic cells, wind turbine and bio-fuel generators, should be built in areas with multiple energy resources”.

It was an evening of tributes last Tuesday (August 22, 2017) as staff of the Physical Planning Unit (PPU), University of Ilorin, organised a send forth get-together to five of its retired officers including the immediate past Director of the Unit, Engr Ademola Adewole Adesiyun.

The other retired officers were Arch. Adekunle Aina, the former Chief Architect; Engr Ademola Ekunboyejo, Mr Theophilus Oluyori Dada and Alhaja Fatima Adepele Adeniyi.

In an emotion-laden tribute, the Ag. Director of PPU, QS A. T. Jimoh,  pointed out that the retired staff have all contributed their quota in various capacities to the development of the Unit, as well as the University and have left legacies worthy of emulation.

Describing the immediate past Director as “a leader with an uncommon mien”, QS Jimoh said, “Engr Ademola Adesiyun is a leader in the true sense of the word and not a boss. He has the interests of his subordinates at heart and ensures the protection of those interests come rain come shine. He is a leader with an uncommon spirit of forgiveness”.

The Ag. Director then appealed for Engr. Adesiyun's continuous support, saying, “Having headed the Unit for over 25 years, the shoes left behind by Engr. Adesiyun are too big for anyone to rush into. I will need your continuous professional advice as you are indeed the data bank not only for PPU but for the University community at large.”

In his own tribute, the Director of Works, Engr M.S. Sanni, lauded Engr Adesiyun for the successes recorded during his administration and his contributions to the University, saying, “To work for 40 years and above in the civil service is not easy and to attain that level and retire at that level especially in a university setting requires great discipline.”

Recalling that it was through Engr Adesiyun that he was employed in the University as a Principal Engineer, Engr Sanni stated that it is evident that Engr. Adesiyun and Arch Aina are leaving behind great virtues.

“There is no abandoned project in the University of Ilorin and the glory goes to those we are celebrating today”, Engr. Sanni said, adding that “other staff should emulate those virtues and cooperate with their heads of unit in order to move the Unit and University forward because attaining a height is hard but sustaining it is even harder”.

On his part, the Chief Maintenance Officer in the PPU, Alhaji T.A. Yusuf, stated that “the history of PPU is incomplete without Engr Adesiyun and Arch. Aina because the planning of the whole campus was done along with these two”. He described Engr Adesiyun as a “pleasant man that can tolerate anyone and work under any situation”, adding that Arch. Aina's diligence made him head the PPU Unit at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, after leaving Unilorin.

In his response, the immediate past Director, Engr. Adesiyun, appreciated the University management and staff of the PPU for their cooperation with him throughout his career at the University.

While commending the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, Engr. Adesiyun said, “Working with him was very peaceful. He is a complete gentleman, who listens and takes required action. The progress we have recorded in the past four years has been because of his cooperation.”

Turning his colleagues at the PPU, the former Director stressed the need for integrity, saying, “The backbone of anyone's success is integrity. No matter how much you chase money, you cannot catch it and that is why you need not tamper with your integrity. If you are diligent in your work, God will surely bless the work of your hand.”

Engr. Adesiyun then assured the Ag. PPU Director of his unwavering support and urged all the other staff members to cooperate with the new leadership and be committed to the development of the University”.

Also in his response, Engr Ekunboyejo stressed that what the immediate past Director instilled in him, that is, “believe in the work of your hand” has brought him far. He urged all staff not to be self-centred but always do whatever given task “as if your survival depends on it”.

Arch.  Aina stated that the Unit achieved a lot because “integrity existed and we saw ourselves as brothers and this made us to work in unison”. He further noted that honesty and obedience matters a lot in individual success because they are core values that will distinguish one for excellence.

Still basking in the nationwide applause over its financial discipline and exemplary administration, the Prof. Is-haq Oloyede-led Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has again received commendations for instituting the Tertiary Institutions Football Competition.

The first edition of the tournament, tagged “Kwara 2017”, was held in Ilorin last week with matches taking place at Kwara Football Academy pitches and the University of Ilorin Stadium.    

Speaking at the competition's opening ceremony, sports administrators and football coaches from the various participating Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education were unanimous in commending the sponsor for creating the platform for students from all over the country to unite.

In his remarks, the Head Coach of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Finbar Yanmelu, commended JAMB for sponsoring the competition, saying, “This is not just a competition, but a platform to foster unity among schools”.

On the performance of his team in the opening match, Yanmelu said, “It was a nice match, opening matches are always like that, you need to take your time and watch, we didn't play with them, they were a good opposition and we thank God for the result and we are hoping that our next match will be better”.

On his part, the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Coaches Association, who is also the Head Coach of Yaba College of Technology, Yemala Fredrick, also commended the level of organisation of the tournament, noting that “JAMB has really tried in putting together such unique platform for young people to develop their skills”.

Yemala said, “I am impressed with what I have seen so far, from the registration, the kits being given, the welfare, the hostels, I am impressed. It is a good and well planned competition, even though it is first of its kind, my prayer is that subsequent editions will not become worse, but rather a step up and improve on what they have done here”.

Declaring the competition open, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), thanked JAMB for organizing the competition and for making Kwara State the host.

Prof. Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya, said that the competition would help to cement the cordial relationship among students of tertiary institutions in the country.

In his own address, the Kwara State Commissioner of Sports and Youths Development, Mr. Bolakale Ayo, explained that the competition would serve as a spring board to discover talents and assist students who want to develop careers in football.

Mr. Ayo charged the students of the participating schools to use the competition as a platform to make new friends.

The President of the Social Science Association of Nigeria (SOSAN), Prof. S.F. Ogundare, has stressed that for there to be substantial progress in the on-going fight against corruption in the country, there is the urgent need for the ethical reorientation and sensitization of the youths.

Prof. Ogundare of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ikenne, Ogun State, said this penultimate Tuesday (August 15, 2017) while featuring on a special personality interview programme on Unilorin 89.3 FM.

He pointed out that it would be easy to fight corruption “when the youths no longer celebrate corrupt leaders and when there is an improvement in the distribution of the commonwealth”.

The SOSAN President was at the radio station with the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, Dr A. Yusuf, who is the Secretary of the Association.

Explaining that Nigeria does not have to wait for the younger generation to be in power before corruption is checkmated, Prof. Ogundare stated that substantial progress would be achieved in the fight against corruption when the youths learn not to celebrate leaders that have looted the national treasury to enrich themselves and if corrupt public office holders are called out for appropriate sanctioning.

Prof. Ogundare, who was in the University in connection with the International Conference, organised by the Association, themed “talking the problem of corruption and materialism in Africa”, said, “There are no leaders without followers. If the followers change, then the leaders will change. Indeed, with democracy, if the young ones reject those that are corrupted and put in fresh blood, there will be changes. By the time the leaders know the citizens or their followers are no longer celebrating their misbehaviour and are well educated, they will have no choice but to change.”

The SOSAN President, who noted that poverty and greed are the major reasons some youths say they would loot funds if they get to power, emphasized that a change in the value and moral system of citizens, especially the youths, is necessary.

Prof. Ogundare said that if available resources are put to judicious use in order for it to go round, “the youths would be encouraged to stop condoning the excesses of corrupt leaders.”

Expressing his optimism that corruption can be curbed in the country with the right political will, the SOSAN President commended the present government's anti-graft campaign effort, saying, “The first step has been taken in the right direction. For once, this country knows it is possible to fight corruption. Whatever this administration may achieve, the foundation has been laid. Let us not measure their success in terms of how much they have recovered but in terms of how much sensitization has been put in place.”

Prof. Ogundare added that because the Association believes in encouraging and teaching the younger generation how to correct social problems, workshops and seminars are frequently organised to sensitise them on issues of materialism and corruption, as well as other national issues.

The don then commended the University of Ilorin for its hospitality in hosting the SOSAN Annual Conference, adding that “I am also very impressed by the physical infrastructure and being someone that has been opportune to visit various universities in developed countries, I can boldly say Unilorin can stand beside any of them.”

Prof. Ogundare said, “The fact that the University has a stable academic calendar is laudable and worthy of emulation”, adding that “there are even various Departments and Faculties in the University; there is even an entire Faculty dedicated to Communication studies. This is not something we see everywhere. I wish Unilorin better forever”.

On his part, the Sub-Dean of Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, Dr A. Yusuf, noted that it is the duty of Social Studies experts to find solutions to various national issues, as well as proffer methods to make citizens happy, adding that for this reason, Civic Education has been introduced across all tiers of education.

Dr Yusuf then encouraged all to be consistent with their change mantra while also urging all intellectuals to ensure their actions reflect their words “because most people that have the power abuse the power but in social studies we believe the knowledge we have must be used positively so that the product of our knowledge will live according to what we preach.”

(Contd. from last week)

(Excerpts from an upcoming documentary book, “The Ambali Years: A Chronicle of the

Landmark Achievements of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali [2012 – 2017]”,

written by Kunle Akogun, Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs) 

 

Rapid Development of Technological Infrastructure

Another major landmark achievement of the Ambali administration is its visible commitment to the rapid development of technological infrastructure in the University in furtherance to its steady march in the information technology highway. One clear evidence of this single-minded commitment was the timely completion of the STEP-B funded fiber optics project and the upgrading of the University's internet bandwidth from 15 megabits per second to 155 megabits per second. With the completion of the N95.8 million fibre optics infrastructure in February 2013 and the massive upgrading of the bandwidth at the end of July of the same year, through the prompting of the then Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council, Prof. (Obi) Chukwuka Okonjo, the strength of internet connectivity in the University community was greatly enhanced as the internet facility became more efficient, more reliable and more accessible.

Also, the Ambali administration upgraded the University's internet bandwidth to STM4 in its sustained drive to enhance teaching, learning and research.

The University of Ilorin is at the forefront of innovations. It is on record that the University pioneered the use of Computer-Based Tests (CBT) for the screening of its potential students. This initiative has also been substantially integrated into the University's examination system as it has become an integral tool in examining large classes, especially the General Studies programme and most science-based classes. Not only was this initiative widely adopted by universities all over the country, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has also made its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) entirely CBT-based.

 

The Oil Palm Plantation

The Ambali administration also pulled through another first in the annals of University education in the country, with the flag-off of its N1.2 billion, 1000-hectare Oil Palm Plantation on May 15, 2014. According to the Vice-Chancellor, the idea of the oil palm plantation was a product of careful planning and it is in line with the legendary excellence for which the University is well known. Prof. Ambali said at the flag-off ceremony, “The Oil Palm Plantation would provide training and laboratory facilities for students in the Departments of Forestry, Agriculture, Plant Biology and other related disciplines. In addition, it would also be a good source of internally generated revenue for the University in the nearest future and serve as entrepreneurship training outfit for our students.”

And while flagging off the project, which she described as “ground-breaking”, the former Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said, it would “contribute immensely to the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the University and the nation at large."

The oil palm plantation is in addition to the Ambali administration's sustained commitment to the nurturing of the existing economic trees initiated by its predecessors. The Teak Plantation, the Jatropha plantation, the Date Palm Plantation, and the Moringa Plantation continued to receive the required attention and they are all doing fine.   

 

Massive Physical Infrastructural Facelift

Professor Ambali did not only inherit a good legacy, he internalized it, refined it and executed a focused agenda such that developmental activities during his tenure were monumental and most remarkable.  Provision of buildings, infrastructural facilities and teaching/research equipment have been the major focus of his administration.

One major asset that greatly boosted the performance of the Vice-Chancellor in the area of infrastructural development was his ability to quietly reach out, in a focused manner, to Government Agencies, Corporate/Private Organizations and well-to-do individuals for financial assistance towards physically developing the University.  As would be seen from the catalogue of projects that follow, the University, under this erudite and affable Professor of Veterinary Medicine benefitted immensely from various donations. 

Apart from special donations, as a result of reaching out and confidence building, the University administration, under Professor Ambali, attracted several private hostel developers under the Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model.  Annually, several hundreds of additional bed spaces are commissioned.  And developers submit proposals on a daily basis for the consideration and approval of the University management. 

The overall effect of all these fruitful efforts is that between 2012 and 2017, the main campus of the University has been physically transformed. 

Lecture theatres, Lecture Halls, Laboratories, Departmental offices, hostels, roads, car parks, students' sit-outs, teaching and research equipment are added almost on a daily basis. 

One of the major landmarks of the Ambali administration was the construction of the 6.5km road that links the main campus of the University with the College of Health Sciences/Teaching Hospital.  Construction of the Phase I of this road has reduced the travel time between the Works Department on the main campus and the College of Health Sciences at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) to just 10 minutes.  This is a trip which hitherto used to take between 40 minutes and 2 hours through the Jebba road, depending on the time, day of the week and situations with students along the road.  This new road has fully integrated the College of Health Sciences into the University main campus.

A few other monumental developments that should be given special mention before the general run down of projects are:

a)The provision of physical facilities, lecture theatre, classrooms, laboratories, equipment and Faculty building for the young Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences;

b)Provision of offices, laboratories, classrooms, animal farm and a teaching hospital for the young Faculty of Veterinary Medicine;

c)The complex for the Central Research Laboratories including supply and commissioning of major  equipment; and

  1. d) The construction of the Researchers Lodge, which provides accommodation facilities of international standards.

A general rundown of major projects embarked upon and successfully completed and commissioned during the Ambali years on a yearly basis are itemized below:  

   

Year 2013 

                                               

 1)Faculty of Science Phase III (Microbiology) Building (TETFund Project)

The block is a two-floor structure with the following facilities:

  • A Departmental Suite for the Head of Department
  • Eight Professorial Suites
  • Twelve Lecturers' Offices
  • Six Research Laboratories
  • One Seminar Room
  • Two Computer Rooms
  • Several other offices and  conveniences

2)Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Complex (TETFund Project)

The Complex has the following facilities:

  • A 300-seater fully furnished air conditioned Lecture Theatre
  • Five fully furnished air conditioned Laboratories
  • Six fully furnished classrooms
  • Conveniences and preparatory rooms

3)Central Bank of Nigeria Donated Lecture Theatre

  • A 600-seater fully furnished and air conditioned Lecture Theatre

4)Renovated Complex for Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (TETFund Project)

The Complex has the following facilities:

  • A block of offices for the Dean
  • Thirteen Laboratories
  • Six Departmental Suites
  • Twelve Professorial Suites
  • Five Classrooms
  • A big Hall and a fully furnished air conditioned Board Room
  • A library
  • Several other offices and conveniences

5)        Unilorin Water Project Complex (Internally Generated Fund IGR Project)

An ultra modern water processing factory with the following facilities:

  • One line for bottled water production (60cl, 75cl and 1.5 litres)
  • 10 lines for sachet water production
  • Administrative/Marketing offices
  • 100KVA Standby Generator
  • Bottle blowing machine
  • Other offices and conveniences
  • Administrative/Marketing offices
  • 100 KVA Standby Generator
  • Bottle blowing machine
  • Other offices and conveniences

6)College of Health Sciences Skills Acquisition Laboratories (TETFund Project)

This block on two floors has the following facilities:

  • A Seminar Room
  • Ten Demonstration Rooms
  • An Audio Visual Room
  • Twelve Offices
  • Other rooms and conveniences
  • A borehole, ground and over-head water tanks

7)Renovated Complex for University of Ilorin International Secondary School (IGR Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • An administrative complex
  • Twenty–four Classrooms
  • Six Laboratories
  • A very large Intro-technology Workshop
  • Several specialized teaching rooms
  • A Library

Year 2014

1)2000-seater Multipurpose Hall complex (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Fully furnished main 2000 capacity hall
  • Two Committee Rooms
  • Four offices
  • 100KVA Stand-by Generator
  • Parking lots

2)Faculty of Education, 4 Storey block (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Dean's office complex (Deans office, Secretary's office, General Office and Conveniences)
  • Faculty Board Room
  • Seven Head of Department's Complexes (HOD's Office, Secretary's office, General Office Store)
  • Faculty Computer Room
  • 21 Professorial Suites
  • 72 Lecturers' Offices
  • Eight Classrooms of various capacities
  • One Laboratory for the Department of Science Education

3)Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Building (TETFund Project)

The building has the following facilities:

  • Head of Department's Office Complex
  • Three Classrooms
  • Four Laboratories
  • Two Professorial Suites
  • Eight Lecturers' Offices
  • Stores and Conveniences
  • Six Preparatory/Technicians Offices

4)The Central Research Laboratories building (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Directors Complex
  • Library
  • Exhibition area
  • 10 Large Research Laboratories
  • Two Other Laboratories
  • An NMR Laboratory
  • 13 Researchers' offices/write up rooms
  • Variety of high-end research equipment
  • Preparatory rooms
  • Stores

5)The Researchers' Lodge complex (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Six Suites
  • Four Single Rooms
  • Kitchen and restaurant
  • Parking lots

6)Parking lots (IGR)

The parking lots were constructed at:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Communication and information Sciences
  • Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies

7)Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Education (TETFund Project)

  • A fully furnished 600 capacity lecture theatre

8)Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Agriculture (TETFund Project)

  • A fully furnished 600 capacity lecture theatre

9  )Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Law (TETFund Project)

  • Fully furnished 600 Capacity lecture theatre

10)The Unilorin Business School Complex (TETFund Project)

The complex has the following facilities:

  • Administrative block
  • Six Lecture halls of various capacities
  • Computer laboratory