The Ag. Head of the Department of Science Education, University of Ilorin, Dr. (Mrs.) M.A. Ahmed, has appealed to the management of the University to allocate some of its farmlands to the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department to enable it commence large scale farming.

This, according to her, will enable the Unit to contribute to the efforts to improve food security in the country and increase the country's foreign exchange earnings in an age where demand for crude oil is decreasing on account of the rise of investment in renewable energy sources.

Dr. (Mrs.) Ahmed, who made this appeal last Wednesday (April 4, 2018) at the 2017/2018 Sales of Agro Produce Programme held at the Science Education Laboratory of the Department, noted that the staff of the Agriculture Education Unit of her Department are highly committed to the practical aspect of their work as they are to the theoretical aspect.

The don also appealed for farming implements which will enable the Department to venture into large scale mechanised farming in order to widen the experience and scope of the students of Agric Education and prepare them for the world of agricultural entrepreneurship in addition to other advantages.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Prof. N. B. Oyedeji, commended the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department of Science Education, recalling how he became a fish farmer close to two decades ago. 

Prof. Oyedeji urged the Department to keep the flag of entrepreneurship flying, saying, “I am pleased to be a part of this beautiful thing you are doing.In the past we sold fish to the public. The management was happy on that occasion and I am happy today. We appreciate your lab….beautiful, illustrative, educative…”

While commenting on contemporary trends in agriculture for the benefit of the students  at the event, the Coordinator of the Agriculture Education Unit of the Department of Science Education, Mr. K.O. Afolabi, noted that the agro sales programme is geared towards awakening the interest of Agriculture, educating students in the agriculture value chain from the pre-production stage to the storage and  marketing stage and also showing the opportunities available in the value chain and in agro allied businesses for entrepreneurs.  

In his remarks, the President of the Science Education Students Association, Mr.   Samuel Ojerinde, appreciated the Department for organising the programme and commended his colleagues for enduring the shuttle between two faculties and the farm.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has appealed to the North-Central Water Resources stakeholders to collaborate with the University in order to move the water sector forward.

Prof. Abdulkareem made the appeal penultimate Thursday (March 29, 2018) while addressing participants at the North Central Geo-political Zone of Nigeria Water Resources Sector Stakeholders' Meeting organised by the National Water Resources Capacity Building Network (NWRCBNet), University of Ilorin, in collaboration with the National Water ResourcesInstitute (NWRI), Kaduna.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was filled with excitement at the hosting, pointed out that the Centre was established following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the National Water Resources Institute, Kaduna, and the University of Ilorin. 

He noted that it has a mandate to coordinate capacity development in the water sector through education, training, research and information dissemination along with the National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, for the six (6) states of Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau in the North-Central geo-political zone of Nigeria and the FCT to ameliorate water resources utilisation occasioned by the growing need for capacity building in the sector.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that the gathering transcended an official ceremony “because the subject of the colloquium is key to the continuous survival of the planet earth if really water is life”.

While delivering his paper, entitled "Situational Analysis of Water Supply and Responsibilities of Stakeholders in the Sector", the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Bolaji F. Sule, said that it is the responsibility of water resource planners and engineers to plan and design local and regional scaled water systems to provide water of adequate quality and quantity to various communities, towns, and cities to meet their needs at all times and to sustain good livelihood.

The Water Resources and Environmental Engineer added that the general objective is to provide safe, potable water for domestic, commercial and public uses, while ensuring adequate quantity of water at sufficient pressure for fire fighting and industries.

According to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, rapid urbanization is leading to increased urban population and greater demand for water supply and sanitation services in many developing countries. 

He said, “As the world's population, especially in developing countries, is increasing, there is a need to consider issues relating to improvement of water and sanitation services. Such improvement will have significant and potential welfare gains in the various towns and communities".

Also in his presentation, entitled "Importance of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Water Sector and M. Sc Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Programme at University of Ilorin", Dr. A.W. Salami of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, said that the IWRM promotes a coordinated democratic approach to management of water, land and related resources which involve multiple interests in policy making, while the traditional approach was fragmented.

In his address, the Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute (NWRI), Kaduna, Dr. Martin O. Eduvie, stressed the need for the states in the zones to key into the activities of the North Central Network for its sustainability and chart a way forward for the North Central zonal Centre.

A lecturer in the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Ilorin, Dr. Kamoldeen Ajijolakewu, has invented a low temperature refrigerator that works at -45 oC.

  The product, which is the first of its kind in the history of the University, has capacity to freeze water or any liquid kept in it within three minutes.

The refrigerator is one of the products presented for exhibition by the University at the on-going 7th Trade Fair, holding at the Baseball Field, Adewole area, Ilorin.

  The locally fabricated refrigerator is more powerful than the conventional refrigerators as it works at -45 oC while the conventional ones work between the range of -10 oC and -20 oC

The refrigerator, which is unique and more effective while comparing it with the conventional fridge, was a product of a careful and thorough research by Dr. Ajijolakewu in conjunction with Engr. Musbau Babatunde, also of  the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin. 

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, Dr. Ajijolakewu said that research is ongoing on the need to further reduce the refrigerator's effective temperature, saying that the target is to come up with a refrigerator that works at -79oCor-80oC.

Giving a synopsis of his research effort, Dr. Ajijolakewu, who is also the Imam of Sanrab Central Mosque, Tanke, Ilorin, pointed out that “this locally designed low temperature refrigerator will be very useful in laboratories, restaurants and in the business of preservation of items or organisms.  

According to him, research in Biomedical and Life sciences is imperfect without appropriate preservative systems. 

Dr. Ajijolakewu further said, "Lyophilized industrial or medically important organisms, cell lines and plant and animal cell tissue cultures require a negative-range low temperature refrigeration system to maintain them for a longer time. 

"From this system, they can be accessed and rejuvenated for subsequent use in the laboratory while maintaining all their characteristics. 

The researcher, however, called for supports from the authority of the University of Ilorin and other relevant agencies as well as the enactment of good policies for researchers to achieve their set goals of mass producing the product for the benefit of the people of the country. 

Dr. Ajijolakewu said that the local design and fabrication of the low-temperature (-45 ᵒC) refrigeration system was part of the University of Ilorin's core mandate of providing community services to members and non-members of the University community.

Apart from the low temperature refrigerator, other products exhibited at the Trade Fair that are invented and produced by other staff of the University include egg value added product,  locally fabricated fermentor,  Unilorin Automobile speed limiter, single cell protein supplement, value added food stuff, candy sweet made of 100 percent sugarcane,  ginger spiced Kulikuli, cookies , Unilorin water etc. 

The Speed Limiter device was produced by five lecturers from two Departments in the University. They are: the current Head of the Department of Computer Engineering Dr. T. A. Ajiboye;  Engr. Ganiyu Adetokun of Mechanical Engineering Department,  Engr. Sanmi Adewuyi of Mechanical Engineering, Mr  Mahamud Hafeez of Computer Engineering and Mr. Abdulrahaman Yusuf also of Computer Engineering Department. 

The egg value addition product (powder) was produced by the Dean of Postgraduate School, Prof. Steve Bolu.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has restated his commitment to training and retraining of the University workforce.

Prof. Abdulkareem gave the assurance in his office penultimate Friday (March 23, 2018) while receiving the highest scorers of the one week IBM training organised by the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) for Staff and students of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that ICT is key to all developments in the global world today, hence efforts must be geared towards updating skills and knowledge in that field.

Earlier in his address, the Director of CREDIT, Prof. Biodun Sulyman Alabi had presented three staff of Unilorin who scored the highest marks of 85% each and three students who scored between 76% and 83%, following the examination conducted by the IBM Experts that trained them.  

Prof. Alabi told the Vice-Chancellor that the one-week training would greatly improve the capacity of the staff and students, especially their knowledge and skill in ICT.

In his remarks, the Resource Person from IBM who trained the participants, Eng. Kennedy Okokpujie, commended the University management for sustaining the training, which would no doubt upscale the on-the-job performance of the participants.

The University Relations' Manager of IBM for Central and West Africa, Mr. Mayowa Adeoti, assured the University of Ilorin of the readiness of IBM to sustain the knowledge – enhancing programme.

The highest scorers presented to the Vice-Chancellor among the staff that attended the training were Olusogo Popoola of the COMSIT, Abimbola Akintola of the Department of Computer Science and Olawale Koledafe of the Department of Educational Technology. The students that performed brilliantly were Adewumi Zamayah, Odun Jane and Tokunbo – Ishola Solomon. 

They were all commended by the Vice-Chancellor for their brilliant performance.

A medical graduate of the University of Ilorin, Dr. Ayodeji Olarinoye, has been appointed Doping Control Officer (DCO) by world soccer governing body, FIFA. According to an online sport journal, SportingLife.ng, with the appointment, Dr. Olarinoye, who was a former team doctor of Nigeria's national U-17 soccer team, becomes the country's first FIFA doping control officer.

A professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine, the Omupo, Kwara State-born medical doctor, will join the network of FIFA medical officers charged with the responsibility of ensuring safe and healthy participation in football after attending several FIFA anti-doping trainings. He has been involved with doping controls.

Nicknamed NFA (Nigeria Football Association) during his undergraduate years at the University of Ilorin partly due to his love for the game of soccer, the 38-year-old Ayodeji is the son of the retired civil servant and former Head of the International Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the 1990s, Dr. Steve Olarinoye.

Known for his drive and industry, Dr. Olarinoye was honoured in 2015 by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for his dedication to duty and special interest in the field of Sports Medicine.

He is currently running a programme in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has commended members of the institution's academic staff for their sacrifice during the just ended strike by the non-teaching staff.

Prof. Abdulkareem gave the commendation in a chat with Unilorin Bulletin in his office last Tuesday (March 27, 2018).

The Vice-Chancellor, who noted that academic activities continued seamlessly, hailed the lecturers, who, he said, had to tidy up their work spaces themselves and performed other extra functions that are ordinarily outside their duty calls.

This, according to him, is a show of high level of sacrifice that could not go unnoticed.

Prof. Abdulkareem commended the lecturers for their dutifulness and readiness to take on extra assignments, especially combining the rigours of supervising examinations for 300 level,400,500 and 600 level students with holding lectures for 100 level and 200 level students while ensuring that none of these crucial aspects of their schedule suffered.

 The Vice-Chancellor then commended the Unilorin ASUU executive committee for showing good leadership and promised to always support them.

The Senate of the University of Ilorin has unanimously elected Prof. Bolaji Abdulfatai Sule of as the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services). He takes over from Prof. Adedayo Yusuf Abdulkareem, whose two-year tenure expired on March 9, 2018.

The election, which was one of the highlights of the 268th Special Meeting of the Senate last Tuesday (March 28, 2018), is subject to the ratification of the University Governing Council.

Prof. Sule is the pioneer Director of the National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED), an agency of the Energy Commission of Nigeria, domiciled at the University of Ilorin.

Born on January 7, 1954 in Nguru, Yobe State, the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor attended the University of Benin, Benin City, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering in 1978. Prof Sule joined the services of the University of Ilorin as an Assistant Lecturer in September 1979. 

Between 1980 and 1984, he was at the Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, where he obtained MS and Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering with specialization in Water Resources Systems Optimization and Management. 

On his return to Nigeria in 1984, Prof. Sule was appointed Lecturer II in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ilorin. He rose through the ranks, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 1988 and Professor in 1994.

The new Deputy Vice-Chancellor has served in various capacities in the University. He was Sub – Dean, Faculty of Engineering (1988 – 1990), Ag. Head and later Head of the Department of Civil Engineering (1992-1994,1999-2005) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (2005-2008), and Director, National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED) (2008 - 2014).

He has also served on various administrative and technical committees and boards within the University. Among these are: Chairman, Campus Transportation Board (2000-2004), Chairman, SIWES Committee (1999-2000), Chairman, University of Ilorin Muslim Community (2008-2011). 

In March 2003, Prof. Sule delivered the 66th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin titled ‘Water Security: Now and the Future’.

He was a Board Member, Kwara State Utility Board, Ilorin (1987-1990), General Manager, Kwara State Water Corporation, Ilorin (1996-1997), Project Manager, Kwara State Rural Water Supply Agency, Ilorin (1997-1998), Board Member, Kwara State Water Corporation, Ilorin (2002-2003), and Chairman, Visitation Panel to Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi, Kwara State (2004). He was also the Chairman of Committee on the Establishment of College of Engineering at Kwara State University, Malete (2010).

The new Deputy Vice-Chancellor has published extensively in many local and international peer reviewed journals. He is the recipient of the 2010/2011 University of Ilorin Researcher of the year award. 

A COREN registered Engineer, Prof. Sule is a Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, and Fellow, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria.

He is happily married and blessed with children.