The newly matriculated students of the University of Ilorin have been warned to shun unruly acts such as examination malpractices, cultism, hooliganism, and indecent dressing as the institution has zero tolerance for vices.

They have also been reminded of their primary responsibility, which remains their academic pursuit as the Ivory Tower cherishes industrious students who have the passion for academic excellence and scholarship.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, gave the warning last Thursday (March 29, 2018) while addressing the new students during their Matriculation ceremony.

More than 11,000 new students matriculated at the solemn ceremony, which was held inside the University Auditorium.

Prof. Abdulkareem, who encouraged the students to abide by the code of conduct of the institution as contained in the student's Handbook, said that various penalties have been mapped out for misconduct which include warning, suspension and expulsion.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “Your admission into the University is by stroke of luck. A lot of candidates applied to study at the University of Ilorin but as fate would have it, you are fortunate to be among the lucky few that have been chosen”.

Warning the students to eschew examination malpractices, the Vice-Chancellor said, “Irregularities and malpractices during examinations are resultant effects of indolence, which this University does not condone”. He said, “To avoid this menace, you are expected to be guided by the ethics and code of conduct of the institution in writing your tests and examinations”. 

While encouraging the matriculated students to shun cultism in all its forms because the University would not condone it, Prof. Abdulkareem observed that “it is heart-warming to note that for many unbroken years, the University of Ilorin has experienced and enjoyed smooth, stable and peaceful academic sessions. One of the factors that are attributed to this feat is zero tolerance to cultism”. 

Prof. Abdulkareem also told the students that the University that has been adjudged Better by Far has also keyed into entrepreneurial vocation through the introduction, teaching and learning of various entrepreneurial skills and vocations. 

While encouraging the students to make the utmost use of the opportunity, which the entrepreneurial programme presents, the Vice-Chancellor said that the programme became very important as a fallout of unemployment when white-collar jobs were becoming increasingly difficult to come by. 

Prof. Abdulkareem said, “While it is true that the students are in the custody of the school, the task of ensuring their overall wellbeing is symbiotic between parents and the University authority”. 

He encouraged parents to create mechanisms of insistently monitoring how their children live and progress on campus, adding that with the collective task and providence on the side of the University management, they shall be successful in the drive to lead the students through the new world to make them better assertive, responsible, responsive and accomplished leaders in no distant future.

A major highlight of the occasion was the administration of the Matriculation Oath on the students by the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi. 

Among those that witnessed the ceremony were the three Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya (Academic); Prof. Gabriel Olatunji (RTI); and Prof. Bolaji Abdulfatai Sule (Management Services).

Others were the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. W. B. Johnson; Deans of the various Faculties, Directors, and Heads of Departments, among others.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has called on the staff of the University to continue to exhibit the spirit of sacrifice in their attitude to work and, especially commitment to duty.

Prof. Abdulkareem made the call last Monday (March 26, 2018) during a meeting he held with the entire University staff in the Main Auditorium.

He said, “Let the spirit of sacrifice that has been defining our work ethics in this University for many decades now, and which many of us have taken to be much greater than our personal gains, ambitions and sentiments, continue to inhabit us”.

The Vice-Chancellor further said, “I am using this opportunity to repeat my appeal that when there is the need to make compromises, sacrifices, and concessions and negotiations, let us make it with genuine purpose for the common good that binds us together”.

Prof. Abdulkareem pointed out that on his own part, he remains “committed to exemplary, honest, disciplined, transformational, prudent, embracing and God-fearing leadership”, adding, “I will always sacrifice self-interest for collective interest in the execution of every policy and in making sure the interest of everybody and every union on this campus is adequately protected”.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed his firm belief in the sanctity and stability of the University, assuring the staff that he is committed soul and body to maintain the virtues for which the University is locally and globally known.

He said, “Indeed, our resolve is to make everyone have the feeling that the University belongs to all of us; and together, we can all rejoice in the confidence that Unilorin remains on top for ever”.

Prof. Abdulkareem thanked and appreciated all academic staff of the University for making the highest level of self-sacrifice and self-denial in their commitment to the larger goal of the University in the face of external and internal threats.

He equally thanked the non-teaching staff for their consideration during their recent industrial action, pleading that they would take necessary step to keep the University out of activities capable of destabilizing her academic calendar.

The Vice-Chancellor added, “At this juncture, I need to let you know that honest efforts and self-sacrifice at sustaining and improving the glory of this University will not go unrewarded at our own level. I equally know that the Almighty Pay-Master will never fail to reward us all accordingly”.

Prof. Abdulkareem then admonished the staff, “Remember, this ship – our dear ship – must not sink. I believe your motivation is derived from your strong conviction in the greatness of the selfless service you are rendering to our younger generations; and for which no amount of money can compensate”.

During the meeting which was moderated by the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obefemi, the Vice-Chancellor responded to few questions from the members of staff, as he called on them to come forward with ideas that would lift the University to greater heights. 

The meeting was well attended by the Principal Officers, Deans, Directors and members of the entire University community.

A Professor of Jurisprudence and International Law at the University of Ilorin, Wahab Egbewole, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the Negligence and Damages Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). 

The appointment is for a period of two years (between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019).

Confirming the appointment, the Administrator of the Legal Practice Division of the IBA, Susan Burkett, noted that as an officer of an LPD Committee, Prof. Egbewole will be joining the regular LPD Council, Committee and Forum Meetings that take place twice a year.

In his reaction to the appointment, Prof. Egbewole, who is a former Dean, Faculty of Law and Director of the General Studies Division (GNS), University of Ilorin, expressed appreciation to the University management for giving him “the enabling environment to be recognised by the community of legal practitioners in the world”.  

*To make presentation at US aviation symposium

A Professor of Microbiology at the University of Ilorin, Albert Olayemi, has made a scientific breakthrough in the microbiological analysis of aviation fuel and fuel handling systems towards enhancing the quality of fuel supply to the nation's aviation sector.

The research, entitled “Microbial Contamination of JetFuel and Fuel Handling Systems”, was commissioned and sponsored by CITA Petroleum Limited, Lagos. 

The first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Olayemi's research was recently published on Amazon and is garnering intense critical acclaim in national and international media..

As a result of the research's pioneering status and its potential to have a lasting impact on the global aviation industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has specially invited Prof. Olayemi to make a presentation at the forthcoming Aviation Systems Management Symposium, being hosted by IATA in Miami, Florida, USA between April 15 and 20, 2018.

The study urged quality control agencies to intensify monitoring to enhance quality of supply to the aviation industry while also recommending, among others, the incorporation of microbiological standards into the specification requirements of Jet A1/allied products. 

Microbial are microorganisms like bacteria and fungi that are capable of existing in water where it interfaces with fuel. These microorganisms use alkanes and additives in fuel as foodstuff. The most destructive of the microbes that grows in the aircraft fuel environment is the fungus Hormoconis resinae. It is the most common cause of microbial corrosion in aircraft fuel tanks.

At the presentation of the study report in Lagos recently, Prof. Olayemi commended the management of CITA Petroleum for compliance with the numerous industry and company's proprietary Policies, Standards and Procedure (PSP) covering the entire supply storage and distribution chain.

Having drawn samples from CITA tank farms at various locations, the study attested that microbial contamination has been contained within the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines, which ensure that fuel is on-specification at point of delivery to aircraft.

Contaminated fuel is one of the causes of equipment failure, which is the second leading cause of plane crashes globally, after pilot errors.

The first of such study in Nigeria was aimed at assessing microbial contamination of aviation fuel and fuel handling system at CITA Petroleum Tank Farms located in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Abuja.

The six points on the storage facilities selected for sampling included the bulk fuel, the oil-water surface, the bottom water, the inlet and discharge filters as well as sludge from the separation tanks and environmental surfaces.

Samples were collected on three different occasions between September 2014 and May 2015 representing rainy, harmattan and onset of rainy season, in order to evaluate the effect of seasonality on the detection and frequency of occurrence of the microbial contaminants.

Prof. Olayemi, who lectures at the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin, said though the work might not be enough to establish microbiological quality standards to classify Nigerian fuel (aviation) and fuel handling system, it is nonetheless a first approach to underscore the importance of microbial contamination in aviation fuel and safety.

The researcher  said that based on the findings, it is recommended that the current practice of removing accumulated bottom water be sustained, coupled with periodic tank cleaning.

According to Prof.Olayemi, “Since most of the microbes are located in the aqueous phase of the water – hydrocarbon interface, the main way to avoid growth and fuel spoilage is removing the accumulated water”.

He said, “Although it may be difficult to prevent microbial contamination because of the impossibility of maintaining sterile conditions in the farm tanks and during transportation, its negative effects can be diminished.”

Prof. Olayemi added that the combined monitoring and preventive action costs would normally be less than the costs associated with crises response strategy.

The researcher, who is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, is a product of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and the University of Ilorin. He is a PhD holder in Microbiology with many years of teaching, research and community service experiences. He has authored numerous journal articles and books in the areas of water, environmental health and hydrocarbon microbiology.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has urged members of the University community and the public at large to support Mr Kunle Balogun, a 2015 graduate of the University who requires a kidney transplant procedure.

Prof. Abdulkareem made this call while receiving a delegation of the leadership of the University of Ilorin Alumni Association, led by the National President, Dr (Mrs) Rhoda Oduwaiye, in his office last Tuesday (March 6, 2018).

The Vice-Chancellor noted that it is unfortunate that the young alumnus could be facing his present life-threatening condition. He then commended the Alumni Association for championing the cause of raising funds for his treatment.

Earlier in her address, the National President, Dr (Mrs) Oduwaiye, had narrated how she received a call on the case of the alumnus and how her verification confirmed his true condition. This made the National Executive Committee to pay him a visit at the hospital in which he is receiving dialysis in Ibadan on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Dr Oduwaiye noted that the Association had intervened at a critical time as the alumnus had run out of funds to do his dialysis, twice a week, which costs N100,000 which he can no longer afford, not to talk of the actual kidney transplant estimated to be about N15 million.

The National President noted that the Association deemed it fit to draw the attention of the University to the development and therefore, seeking the support of the University Administration and the entire University community. She added that the Association wished to embark on a sensitisation campaign with a view to raising the N15 million required for the kidney transplant within the University and the general public.

In the National President's delegation were the National Vice-President 1, Dr Musa Abdullahi; the National General Secretary, Dr Mahfouz Adedimeji; the National Financial Secretary, Alh. A. O. Muhammed as well as the Director of the Advancement Centre, Dr Jeleel Ojuade and Chairman of the University of Ilorin Branch of the Association, Prof. Babatunde L. Adeleke .

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the University of Ilorin, Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya, has expressed satisfaction over the quality of the equipment recently procured for the teaching and training of students in the institution's Department of Optometry and Vision Science, Faculty of Life Sciences. 

Prof. Ijaiya, who made this observation last Friday (March 9, 2018) when she visited the Department, described the equipment as very critical and central to meaningful teaching and training of the students.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, who was conducted round during the equipment inspection tour by the Head of the Department , Prof. Mathew Oriowo, expressed confidence that the equipment are going to be very helpful for training of the students and also for clinical services for the benefit of members of the University  community and the general public at large. 

Prof. Ijaiya added that the state-of-the-art equipment will further put the University of Ilorin in a limelight as only very few Universities in Nigeria have Optometry Department, pointing out that the closest University to Ilorin that also has the Department is University of Benin.  

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor advised the foundation staff of the Department to attach seriousness to their job and be focused, sincere, tolerant, and painstaking and cooperate with one another so as to lay a good foundation for the Department.

She commended the Head of the Department for single-handedly working towards the realisation of the unit right from the formative stage up to the completion, with a promise that the University would continue to support and assist the Department any time the need arises

 Prof. Ijaiya also advised the students of the Department to be very serious, focused, patient and respectful because they are going to be dealing with human eyes, which are very fragile and not replaceable. 

Welcoming the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Head of the Department, Prof. Oriowo, said that the equipment are standard and will really help for the successful take-off of the clinical training of students and treatment of patients with eyes problems. 

Prof. Oriowo pointed out that the Department is starting on a solid footing considering the quality of the equipment available for teaching, training and for community service.

He expressed confidence that the centre would be one of the best clinical centres in Nigeria and Africa in general in the nearest future.  

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has assured the Kwara State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) of the institution's readiness to participate in the 7th Kwara State Trade Fair coming up between March 26 and April 6, 2018 at the Baseball Pack, Adewole Estate, Ilorin. 

Prof. Abdulkareem gave the assurance last Tuesday (March 6, 2018) when the Director General of KWACCIMA, Prince Suleiman Ayodele Fagbemi, visited him in his office.  

Responding to the KWACCIMA DG's invitation to the University to come and showcase some of its research outputs at the Trade Fair, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We have plenty things that we can showcase at the fair”.

Prof. Abdulkareem expressed the hope that people would show interest in the research efforts to be showcased and sustain that interest for the benefit of the country.

The Vice-Chancellor told Prince Fagbemi, “I can assure you that I will let my Deans in related areas know that something like this is coming up and that FUTMinna is coming. The Office I left before becoming Vice-Chancellor takes care of things like this and I assure you that we will be there, we will be well represented”.

Earlier, the KWACCIMA DG had told the Vice-Chancellor that the Chambers was aware of the series of innovations and discoveries by the University researchers that need to be showcased for the awareness and possible patronage by people outside the University campus.

He informed Prof. Abdulkareem that KWACCIMA had already secured the participation assurance of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna) at the Trade Fair, saying, “I felt it would be unfair of me, as a product of Unilorin, to bring Minna to Ilorin and leave out our own University. So, we count on you to be part and parcel of the Trade Fair.”

Meanwhile, Prince Fagbemi disclosed that the upcoming Kwara Trade Fair 2018 is aimed at promoting local businesses to the global community.

While featuring on a special interview programme on Unilorin 89.3 FM last Wednesday (March 6, 2018), he said that participation is open to all and sundry whether as groups or individuals who have products or inventions to showcase to the world.

Prince Fagbemi, an alumnus and one time President of the Unilorin Students’ Union, pointed out that aside the University of Ilorin, some other notable higher institutions of learning in the country, such as the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete; the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna), and the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, among others, have indicated their intention to participate in the Trade Fair.

The KWACCIMA boss said that the economic downtown, which affects not only businessmen but governments across the country, was the reason why the trade fair was put on hold for some years, adding that it has now come to stay.

Speaking on the power supply for the 14-days event, the DG said that two giant generating sets would be provided to complement the public power supply.