The University of Ilorin has announced that the University would, at its 33rd Convocation Ceremonies, graduate a total of 9,018 students 89 of whom come out with First Class honours, the highest number of graduands in the coveted category so far in the history of the institution.

The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), disclosed this last Friday (October 13, 2017) at the Vice-Chancellor's Press Briefing, as part of activities heralding the 33rd Convocation Ceremonies of the University of Ilorin.    

Prof. Ambali stated that of the 9,018 graduating students, 1,932 students will obtain a Second Class Upper Division, 3,727 Second Class Lower, 1309 Third Class, 117 Pass, and two aegrotat graduating students. He also said of the postgraduate category, 161 would be conferred with Postgraduate Diplomas, 1074 Academic Masters; 130 Professional Masters Degrees and 120 PhDs in various disciplines for the 2016/2017 academic session.

According to the ex-Vice-Chancellor, who completed his single-term tenure of five years on October 15, 2017, expressed gratitude to God for sustaining the University, noting that the Institution had “thrived with the quality and quantity of the research embarked on by the lecturers.”

He pointed out that the University has remained the most subscribed University in the country, adding that students of the University were “excelling due to hard work on their part, the commitment of lecturers to teaching and research and the conducive environment provided by the University.”

He further noted that 13 projects, which will be commissioned during the Convocation ceremonies, include the College of Health Sciences (COHS) Office Block Type A; College of Health Sciences (COHS) Office Block Type B; College of Health Sciences (COHS) Library Block; College of Health Sciences (COHS) 300 Capacity Lecture Hall A; College of Health Sciences (COHS) 300 Capacity Lecture Hall B; College of Health Sciences (COHS) 128 Bed spaces Hostel Type B; Office Block for Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; Upgrade of 11KV Distribution Panels at Central Power Station; Upgrade of 11KV Distribution Panels at Staff Quarters; Abuja Liaison Office; Rubols Hostel; Al-Mutawakil Hostel and Arafim Hostel.

Highlights of the Press briefing which signaled the commencement of the University's 33rd Convocation ceremonies was the launching of a book entitled “The Ambali Years, (A Chronicle of the landmark achievement of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali-2012-2017)” written by the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun and reviewed by veteran journalist and Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi.

The former Presidential Spokesman and renowned journalist, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, has commended the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr Kunle Akogun, for critically X-raying the stewardship of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), in his new book.

Mr Adeniyi, who is the Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay newspaper and author of several books, made the commendation last Friday (October 13, 2017), while reviewing the book, 'The Ambali Years: A Chronicle of the Landmark Achievements of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali -2012 – 2017', written by Mr. Akogun, as part of the activities marking the 33rd Convocation Ceremonies of the University of Ilorin.

The book reviewer, who was the Special Adviser to the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua on Media and Publicity, described the book as “very rich and full of substance”, saying that “the book will serve as a reference point for those who are aspiring to run the University. Kunle has done an important job by documenting the impactful five years of Prof. Ambali's administration in office.”

Mr Adeniyi noted that the University of Ilorin is the only institution in Nigeria that, for almost two decades, has been able to protect students from the hazard of incessant closure of campuses, adding that “this has given the University a competitive edge over other public owned universities in Nigeria”.

He said, “If I am to put my children in any public University in Nigeria, it has to be the University of Ilorin.”

Earlier in his introductory remarks, the author of the book, Mr Kunle Akogun, described the outgoing Vice-Chancellor as a man with “uncommon leadership, administrative acumen, dignity and rectitude”, adding that “the primary purpose of the book is to create an information data bank that will help preserve for posterit, the numerous legacies of the administration of this erudite Professor of Veterinary Medicine.”

Recalling that producing the book was borne out of the desire to fill the void and help ease the stress of looking for landmark achievements of the administration for reference purposes, Mr Akogun stated that “the book is a candid portrait of the eventful and groundbreaking five-year tenure of the Vice-Chancellor at the helm of affairs of the university. It also itemizes the several honours the erudite scholar and administrator earned for himself and the University in the course of his stewardship.”

The author then noted that the book will contribute in propelling the University to greater heights, stressing that the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, through his giant strides, has “stamped his feet solidly in the sands of time and written his name boldly in gold in the annals of the institution. Thus, the history of Unilorin will be incomplete without a copious reference to the glorious Ambali years.”

As he mounts the saddle today (Monday, October 16, 2017) as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem will be bringing on board a bagful of vast administrative experience, grounded in exceptional academic erudition that is poised to ginger a fresh wave of developmental strides to take the Better by far citadel to even greater heights. Our optimism is well-founded on the manifest intimidating credentials and undeniable antecedents and well-known career trajectory of the new Vice-Chancellor, who is known to be genuinely commitment to set goals.

Prof. Abdulkareem is the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, where, available records show, he discharged himself creditably, making ground-breaking achievements that are yet unsurpassed in the annals of that fledgling institution. Moreover, his intimidating credentials are a source of joy, pride and assurance to every Unilorite that the University has been blessed once again with another visionary leader.

Indeed, there is every reason to be hopeful that the University of Ilorin is lucky to have this erudite Professor of Chemical Engineering to steer its ship at this point in time. In his first press interview, which is fully reported in the current edition of Unilorin Star (out on Convocation Day One, this Friday), the new Vice-Chancellor somehow unveiled his agenda for Unilorin. Among other heart-warming visions, Prof. Abdulkareem has promised to engineer a more rapid development of the University through the spirit of collective responsibility.

Generally acknowledged to be a very principled, open-minded, far-sighted, fair and incorruptible administrator wherever he has been privileged to serve in the past, Prof. Abdulkareem will surely be bringing all these sterling attributes to bear on his administrative style at the University of Ilorin. This is necessary not only because of the need to keep his well-known integrity intact but also because of the need to sustain the lofty heights that the University of Ilorin has attained over the years, and also hopefully take this a notch higher!

A specialist in Heterogeneous Catalysis/Reactional Engineering and consummate researcher as well as patent owner of several groundbreaking inventions, Prof. Abdulkareem joined the services of the University of Ilorin as a Senior Lecturer in 1996, becoming a Professor in 2005. He is the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin.

The Vice-Chancellor-designate was born on 21st January, 1954 at Oro town, Irepodun Local Government area of Kwara State.  He attended the Government Secondary School, Ilorin, for both his secondary school education and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) from 1968 to 1974, which he undertook with a Kwara State Government Scholarship.  He later got the Federal Government Scholarship for his university education at the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. between 1975 and 1980.  At the end of the course, he came out in flying colours and was awarded the MChE, BChE (Chemical Engineering) specializing in Heterogeneous Catalysis/Reaction Engineering.

From 1985 to 1988, this high-flying intellectual was awarded the United States of America National Science Foundation Fellowship for his Ph.D programme in Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville, USA.  He also completed his Ph.D in flying colours and obtained the Engineer-In-Training Certificate of the State of Minnesota, USA in 1991.  He became a registered Engineer of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in 2002 and a COREN Registered Engineer in 2004.

Prof. Abdulkareem was a Lecturer, engaged by the Detroit Board of Education Detroit, Michigan, USA from August 1984 to August 1985; a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, from September 1985 to August 1988; a Research Engineer/Assistant Professor (R&D) at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Research Institute, Saudi Arabia, between 1992 and 1994.

The new Vice-Chancellor joined the services of the University of Ilorin as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 and rose to become a Professor in September 2005, the same year he discovered and fabricated a substance that could be used to rescue the environment of the oil producing areas from the menace of oil spillage and save their waters from perennial pollution.

The new Vice-Chancellor has held many important positions in the University, among which are: Director, SIWES (2000 – 2008); Head, University Admissions Unit (2006 – 2009); Dean, Student Affairs (2008 – 2010); Member, ASUU Coordinating Committee (2001 – 2010); and Director, Laboratory-To-Product (LABTOP) Centre (September 2015 to date). The erudite scholar and astute administrator is happily married with children.

From the general mood of obvious satisfaction that has pervaded the campus since the announcement of Prof. Abdulkareem's appointment, with torrents of congratulatory messages pouring in from members of Senate and the leadership of the various staff unions in the University, it is safe to say that the University of Ilorin is in for another glorious era, a sustenance of the excellence for which the institution has been known for years.

There is no doubt that the Vice-Chancellor's appointment is a call to national service and many people believe that by his pre-eminent antecedent, he is well-equipped to take the University of Ilorin to greater heights.

Town & Gown congratulates this man of vision on this well-deserved appointment. And as you beginning this glorious five-year journey today, May the Almighty Allah, by whose Divine Help you got  thus far, continue to guard and guide you aright in the onerous task ahead. Only the very best is good enough for Unilorin.

Former Presidential Spokesman and popular newspaper columnist, Olusegun Adeniyi, is billed to be the Executive Reviewer at the public presentation of the documentary book on the tenure of outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), this Friday (October 13, 2017 

Mr. Adeniyi, who is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Board of Thisday Newspaper, was the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.

The book presentation is one of the major highlights of the activities kick-starting the 33rd Convocation ceremonies of the University. 

Entitled “The Ambali Years: A Chronicle of the Landmark Achievements of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (2012 – 2017)”, the book is written by the Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun.

Written in breezy, easy-flowing prose, the six-chapter compendium details all the activities and accomplishments of Prof. Ambali since October 16, 2012, when he took over from his predecessor, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, to October 15, 2017, when he will be bowing out.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, Mr. Akogun said that “the choice of Mr. Adeniyi as the Book Reviewer is deliberate because the veteran journalist and authoritative columnist will be on a familiar terrain, being an accomplished communicator and, in particular, being my former boss at Thisday Newspaper, where I once served under him as Group News Editor”.

 Speaking on the book, Mr. Akogun said, “It is a candid portrait of the eventful and ground-breaking five-year tenure of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON) at the helms of affairs of the University of Ilorin”.

Noting that Prof. Ambali exemplifies uncommon leadership, administrative acumen, erudition, dignity, temperance, fortitude and rectitude”, the author said, “The book is a gripping account of the legacies of a silent achiever as told in compelling prose by somebody who is the repository of Prof. Ambali's activities in office.”

Text of the Press Briefing, entitle ‘ YOU ARE GREAT’ , delivered by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, OON, on the Commencement of the 33rd Convocation Ceremonies of the University and Handing Over to the 10th Vice-Chancellor on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the University Auditorium, University of Ilorin.

It is my utmost joy and pleasure to sincerely welcome you to this important occasion. I acknowledge the presence of both immediate past and current Principal Officers of this great University with whom I have travelled so far on this journey. I duly recognise our Governing Council members, Senate, Congregation, Convocation, staff and students.

I warmly welcome our distinguished guests from far and near who have honoured us with their presence today. More importantly, I happily welcome the gentlemen of the press to their own programme just as I appreciate you all for creating the time to attend this programme.

Important Appreciation

As we all know, this occasion flags off our 33rd convocation ceremonies and beyond that, this year, it is also an occasion that will mark the transition of one leadership to another in the University. I remember that five years ago, at the same occasion like this, the mantle of leading this great University fell on me and looking back now, I have every cause to thank the Almighty Allah, the Giver of life and health, and the entire University Community that this day has come.

Permit me to begin by stressing that today is more like a thanksgiving day to me. This is because as I remarked yesterday in my address to the Senate of this University, “You Are Wonderful”, if Renes Descartes said he thought, therefore, he was, what applies to me today is “I think, therefore, I thank…” I thank God and you wonderful men and women within and outside the University who have supported our course and contributed to the success of this Administration and University. Indeed, a thoughtful heart is a grateful heart and it is not automatic for everyone that starts a journey to finish it.I remain grateful to God and I appreciate you all.

Brief Recollection

I recall that in my address, tagged “Another Dawn”, which was delivered on Monday October 15, 2012 that I received the baton of leading this University, I noted that “with the cooperation of all of you, I hope to, with full commitment and total dedication, sustain the academic excellence, peace and development the University of Ilorin is renowned for.”

I am glad today to report that I have enjoyed your unalloyed cooperation and the academic excellence, peace and development of the University that I referred to then have been sustained and enhanced. One example in regard of excellence was the emergence of our students as the best in Nigeria at the end of the 2016 Annual All Nigerian Universities Debating Championship (ANUDC) in Ogun State.

The University has also remained peaceful and harmonious with our Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies increasing the capacity of Nigerians to embrace peace work, peace scholarship and peaceful coexistence while facilitating cooperation between us and some critical stakeholders. In the same way, the University has recorded giant developmental strides in its human, academic, infrastructural, environmental and general dimensions. Time will only permit me to mention just a few areas as our successive Annual Reports, including the 2016/2017 Annual Report, to be unveiled next week, provide the details.

My Satisfaction

As I illustrated to the Senate yesterday in the address I referred to earlier, based on what I said on this occasion about our philosophy of sustainable development, I have a sense of satisfaction that the University in the last five years has vigorously pursued the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this sense, we have impacted actively, with empirical indicators, on achieving 1) no poverty 2) zero hunger, 3) good health and well-being 4)quality education, 5) gender equality,6) clean water and sanitation, 7) affordable and clean energy, 8) decent work and economic growth,9) industry, innovation and infrastructure, 10) reduced inequalities, 11)sustainable cities and communities, 12) responsible consumption and production, 13) climate action, 14) life below water and 15) life on land.

From 12 Faculties that we had in 2012, the University has expanded the frontiers of learning and scholarship with the 15 Faculties we have today. Almost all our academic programmes are fully accredited by the regulatory National Universities Commission (NUC) and the University in the last five years has introduced such new programmes as Business Education, Social Studies Education, Adult Education, Computer Science Education, Marketing, Social Work, Psychology, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Public Administration, Criminology and Security Studies, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Optometry and Vision Science, Applied Geophysics, Computer Engineering and Water Resources Engineering in relevant Faculties.These are apart from an entirely new Faculty of Environmental Sciences with degree programmes in Architecture, Estate Management, Quantity Surveying, Surveying and Geoinformatics as well as Urban and Regional Planning.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, as the human component of development is very vital, it gives me satisfaction that in the last five years, 2,698 staff members in various categories have benefited from our training opportunities. Some 1,711 academic staff and 376 non-teaching have enjoyed local learned conference sponsorships while 148 academic and 25 non-teaching staff have been sponsored to international conferences over these past five years. Some 2,376 staff members have been promoted by this Administration and the number excludes those whose promotion takes effect this month.

Just yesterday before we had our Senate meeting, four Professors and 35 Associate Professors were approved by the Governing Council of the University. And when other universities in Nigeria were paying half salaries or reduced salaries on various percentages, the University of Ilorin over this period for once did not fail to pay our staff their full salary every month. When people wondered how we did it, we said it is God.

Though the records are there, let me briefly state that the University has embarked on scores of projects in the last five years and listing them all here will be boring. So far we have commissioned a total of 69 and this year we are commissioning 12. For the purpose of this occasion and the records for those who are here, let me mention just 30 of such projects:

1.Faculty of Science Phase III (Microbiology) Building

2.Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Complex

3.Unilorin Water Project Complex

4.College of Health Sciences Skills Acquisition Laboratories

5.Renovation of University of Ilorin International Secondary School

6.2000-Seater Multipurpose Hall Complex

7.Faculty of Education Complex

8.Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Building

9.Central Research Laboratories Building

10.The Researchers' Lodge Complex

11.Several Parking Lots

12.Lecture Theatres for the Faculties of Agriculture, Law, Education, Physical and Life Sciences

13.Unilorin Business School Complex

14.Geological Resort Centre at Ara-Orin

15.Workshop for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology

16.Physical Planning Unit Building

17.Medical Assessment Centre

18.Lecture Halls for the faculties of Management Sciences, Education and Engineering & Technology.

19.Faculty of Arts Complex

20.Sit-out for Students in various Faculties

21.Faculty of Science ( Phase IV and V)

22.Department of Optometry and Vision Science Project

23.Veterinary Teaching Hospital Complex

24.Hostel for College of Health Sciences

25.The NLNG Engineering Research Centre

26.Office Blocks for College of Health Sciences andFaculty of Veterinary Medicine

27.Senate Annex Complex

28.Green House

29.University of Ilorin 4-Storey Abuja Liaison Office Complex

30.Link Road to the College of Health Sciences

Since 2013 till date, the University of Ilorin has remained the most subscribed University in the country and we have the highest rate of admission applicants in sub-sahara Africa. As I mentioned to the Senate yesterday, it is gratifying and satisfactory that between when I started and now, professors and other staff of the University have been appointed to sensitive positions of responsibility at the national level while I too have served creditably as President of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU) while still being a Board Member of the Association of African Universities (AAU) representing Africa.

Specifically, the appointments of a Federal Minister, the JAMB Registrar and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Library from this University of Ilorin during this Administration are a thing of joy that we are proud of. The conferment of national awards on this Vice-Chancellor and his predecessor, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, within the period of my stewardship is also an indication that Nigeria believes that we are on the right course. The University of Ilorin will not derail and as our anthem says, “in love peace and harmony, we shall be the tower” always.

2016/2017 Session

The 2016/2017 Session was eventful for the University of Ilorin in our three focal areas of teaching, research and community service. There was financial allocation from the Federal Government National Budget appropriation for capital projects and major sources of funding for our capital projects' during the session were from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Federal Government Needs Assessment Projects (Phase II), Internally Generated Funds (IGR) and private investors (Hostel Accommodation).

Academically, the University thrived with the quality and quantity of the research embarked on by our lecturers with 11 Professors delivering their inaugural lectures during the session. I want to leave the details of the graduation tables and the breakdown from Faculty-to-Faculty for Vice-Chancellor during the actual convocation ceremonies but our students are excelling due to hard work on their part, the commitment of the lecturers to teaching and research and the conducive environment provided by the University.

It suffices to say that there are 89 First Class, 1,932 Second Class Upper Division and 3,727 Second Class Lower Division, 1,309 Third Class, 117 Pass and two Aegrotat graduands convoking this year. We also have 70 MB;BS graduands apart from graduands of our Veterinary Medicine and Nursing Programmes. This gives a total of 9,018 graduands. The summary is as shown in the table below:

At the Postgraduate level, in the session under review, the University produced 120 PhD, 1,074 Master, 130 MBA/MPA and 161 Diploma graduands. These great graduands, who have been found worthy in character and learning, will be awarded their degrees and diplomas during the convocation activities of Friday October 20, 2017 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 in this Auditorium.

33rd Convocation Ceremonies

Our 33rd convocation ceremonies for the award of First and Higher degrees, diplomas, certificates and presentation of prizes begin today with this press briefing. A component of this activity is a book presentation on our activities in the last five years. I must at this juncture appreciate the thoughtfulness of putting the book together and I acknowledge the author, Mr Kunle Akogun, our Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, there will be a convocation play on Susan Wenger (Adunni Olorisa) by Kehinde Olalusi at our Performing Arts Theatre. There are two shows on the day at 4:00p.m. and 6:00p.m. I am sure you don't want to miss the performance, which promises to be interesting.

Two days after, precisely on Thursday, October 19, 2017, the University will host a distinguished world citizen who happens to be a Nigerian, Prof. Chris Imafidon, as Convocation Lecturer. This is a world renowned intellectual who consults for international agencies, Presidents and monarchs, all the way from Oxford. He will be discussing “The Genius in You: New Tools, Techniques and Technology for Developing the Individual and Institutional Greatness” with us. The time is 10:00a.m. and the venue is this Auditorium.  By 2:00 p.m., same day, there will be a cocktail in honour of the Convocation Lecturer. You are all invited.

On Friday, October 20, 2017 or first day of our actual convocation, there will award of prizes, first degrees and diplomas to the graduands of the Faculties of Arts, Education, Law, Management Sciences and Social Sciences. The venue is this same Auditorium and the programme begins at 10:00a.m. precisely.

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 or second day of convocation, graduands of the Faculties of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Communication and Information Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and the Postgraduate School will receive their degrees and diplomas. As usual, the time is 10:00a.m. in this Auditorium.

At 1:00 p.m., there will be commissioning of projects at their various sites. The projects to be commissioned this year include the following:

  1. COHS Office Block Type A
  2. COHS Office Block Type B
  3. COHS Library Block
  4. COHS 300 Capacity Lecture Hall A
  5. COHS 300 Capacity Lecture Hall B
  6. COHS 128 Bed spaces Hostel Type B
  7. Office Block for Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  8. Upgrade of 11KV Distribution Panels at Central Power Station
  9. Upgrade of 11KV Distribution Panels at Staff Quarters
  10. Abuja Liaison Office
  11. Rubiks Hostel
  12. Al-Mutawakil Hostel
  13. Arafim Hostel

At the end of the commissioning, there will be Convocation Luncheon and Merit Awards at the Multi-purpose Hallat 3:00p.m. All of you, especially our gentlemen of the press, are invited to all occasions, please.

Sincere Acknowledgements

I am indebted to God and people in the course of the journey that started on October 15, 2012 when the mantle of leading this University fell on my hands. God has been wonderful to me and I thank him wholeheartedly. I am grateful to the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Visitor to this University, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. I appreciate the Federal Ministry of Education and the Honorable Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and I thank the National Universities Commission (NUC) and its Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed.

The Chancellor of the University and Emir of Katsina, HRH Alhaji Abdulmumini Usman,is wonderful and I appreciate His Royal Highness. I am also grateful to the Governing Council of this University and I recognise the contributions of its Chairman, our Pro-Chancellor, Dr Jubril Oyekan, to our institutional progress. They have all rendered us their support and assistance in the task of making the University better and greater.

I specially appreciate my management team in persons of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs) N. Y. S. Ijaiya; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Innovation and Technology), Prof. G. A. Olatunji; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel D. Obafemi; the Bursar, Mr Abiodun Yusuf and the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi. The University Librarian just completed his tenure yesterdayand I will soon follow suit.

I am grateful to the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. W. B. R. Johnson and the Deans of our various Faculties as well as Student Affairs and Postgraduate School. Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and Units, Professors and senior academic and administrative staff, staff and students of the University, I thank you all for making my tenure memorable. You are all great!

The Alumni Association, the Student Union and friends of the University, I am indebted to you in many ways. The Alumni Association supported our Convocation with donation last year and this year, it did the same thing in a bigger way than last year. I have also enjoyed working with staff unions (ASUU, SSANU, NAAT, NASU) in the course of managing the affairs of this University and I thank them all for their cooperation. We sometimes disagreed to ultimately agree and that is good for us.

I must especially thank the gentlemen of the press for their unflinching support to the University over the years. As President Muhammadu Buhari (duly represented) said during our convocation last year, “our dream to have world class universities and centres of excellence among the community of nations cannot be realized if our universities open and close their gates to students at every whim”, this is the conviction of the University for which it sometimes attracts the attention of some attention seekers masquerading as academics. I appreciate the press for believing in this profound truth, sharing the vision of the University and enlightening the public on the sacrifice of our hardworking lecturers in the interest of the country and its future leaders. If we all look in the same direction, our necks will become stiff.

For all of you, distinguished members of this University Community and our friends, including those who have invested their time and energy in supporting this Administration, a thousand tongues are not sufficient to express my appreciation. I thank you very much. Indeed, you are great!

Successful Successor

I remember that when Prof. Is-haq Oloyede was to hand over to me five years ago, he said there is no success without a successor. This is because success is great when it is sustainable and our own administrative philosophy all these years has been Sustainable Development. In this regard, I am delighted to let you know that I have a successor who himself is an epitome of success. I can say without equivocation that Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem is a successful successor to me even before resuming office because he is a great man.

A former Vice-Chancellor of a Nigerian University, former Dean and Director in this University with a lot of experience in his kitty, Prof. Abdulkareem is a Federal Government scholar and alumnus of both the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan and University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. A Professor of Chemical Engineering and specialist in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, he has been a winner of the Kwara State Government Scholarship and USA National Research Foundation Fellowship. He also has a number of patents and inventions to his credit as a renowned researcher. This is the successful successor that is succeeding me and I believe he will engineer the heterogeneous University community in a way that will catalyse the system to greater heights.

I urge all members of the University community and indeed our friends and partners to accord Prof. Abdulkareem the same support accorded me and even more. The aspiration of the University is to be better by far every day or with every Administration. It is all about the University of Ilorin because everyone of us, whether we like it or not, will go, it is the University that will remain forever by the grace of God. Let us always support the University.

Though Prof. Abdulkareem's tenure begins on Monday, the handing over will be done today while over the weekend, we shall continue to work together finalising certain things. I am sure the University success will be sustainable under his able leadership. I congratulate you, Mr Vice-Chancellor, and I congratulate the entire University Community. You are great!


Thank you very much

Interactive Session

Symbolic Handing Over



World renowned Prof. Imafidon delivers Convocation Lecture

Activities marking the 33rd Convocation Ceremonies of the University of Ilorin will kick off at the University Main Auditorium this Friday (October 13, 2017) with the traditional Vice-Chancellor's Press Briefing and presentation of a documentary book on the five-year tenure of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON).

This was disclosed by the University Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi, last Thursday (October 5, 2017) while releasing the programme of activities for the annual event that holds between October 13 and October 21, 2017.

A major highlight of the nine-day activities is the Convocation Lecture to be delivered by one of the World's foremost scholars and patriarch of modern education and informatics, Prof. Chris Imafidon of Oxford University, UK, on Thursday October 19, 2017. The Lecture, entitled “The Genius in YOU-new tools, techniques and technology for developing the individual and institutional greatness”, will hold at the University Auditorium beginning from 10.00a.m.

Other programmes of the Convocation Ceremonies, according to Mr. Obafemi, include the Special Juma'at Prayer at the University Central Mosque on Friday and the Special Church Service on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the  Chapel of Light, University of Ilorin, to pray for the success of the convocation; the Convocation Play, entitled Susan Wenger (Adunni Olorisa) by Kehinde Adedamola Olalusi, to be staged at the Performing Arts Theatre, Main Campus on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 4.00p.m and 6.00p.m. as well as the Chancellor's Cocktail in honour of the Convocation Lecturer at the Multi-Purpose Hall, by 2.00p.m.

The main convocation holds on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Main Auditorium for the award of prizes, first and higher degrees and Diploma for graduands of the various Faculties.

Expected to grace the occasion are the Visitor to the University, President Muhammadu Buhari; the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, state governors, heads of Federal Education parastatals, including the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB); and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund); Vice-Chancellors of the various federal, state and private universities in the country as well as traditional rulers and prominent individuals from within and outside the country.

Also on Saturday, October 21, 2017, the Visitor will commission about 13 projects completed by the University within the year.

The Convocation Luncheon and Merit Awards will thereafter hold at the Multipurpose Hall by 3.00p.m.

The entire events will be rounded off with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the St. Thomas Acquinas Chaplaincy by 9.00a.m and Special Juma'at Service on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the University Central Mosque by 1.00p.m.

Newly inducted Pharmacy graduands of the University of Ilorin have been tasked on the need to imbibe positive ethics and values especially in their practice.

The admonition was given last Friday (October 6, 2017) by the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Wilson, O. Erhun, while presenting the keynote address at the Batch-B Oath-Taking/Induction ceremony of the 2016/2017 Unilorin Pharmacy Graduands.

In his address, entitled “You Can Make it”, the Guest Speaker urged the graduands to be optimistic about their ability to succeed in the world  and have clear direction for their lives, noting that having “passion, perseverance, nourishment, integrity and purpose” is enough to take them far in life.

According to him, “if you want to make it, you have to be committed to whatever you do. You will also need patience, diligence and hard work because as young pharmacists, challenges will arise and your classroom experience will be different from the reality outside. That is why you need to position yourself correctly and have these virtues in order to be able to tackle these issues.”

Prof. Erhun also emphasised the need for integrity especially in the Pharmaceutical field, stating that being a pharmacist is a service to humanity, people should not go into it for money because “when the money stops coming, they will be tempted to compromise certain values and standards that might endanger patients' lives but when one has integrity, such person will be compelled to take the right path.”

In his remarks, the Registrar of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmacist N.A.E. Mohammed, stressed the need for the graduands to never stop learning because “in this technological era where patients go online to read about their ailment and get drugs even before seeking professional medical help, it will be embarrassing if a patient starts telling you what you are expected to know.”

Stating that the primary calling of health workers is to show passion and serve humanity, the Registrar admonished graduands to refocus their thinking from seeing their profession as a money making avenue because “the greatest problem facing the health sector is that most health workers are driven by the love for money and would trade patients' lives for money. The health worker's priority should be caring for people and in the process, money will come.”

He then commended the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for its facilities and services and urged the University management to allow some of the newly inducted pharmacists train at the hospital.

Earlier in his address, the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulKarim Agunu, disclosed that following the approval of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programme in Nigerian universities by the NUC and PCN, the Senate of the University has approved the take-off of the program making it the second institution in Nigeria to have the programme approved.

Noting that the Faculty has been receiving “very good” feedback  about the 1st set of graduands inducted five months ago, the Dean gave the assurance that the Faculty will not relent in its effort to produce the best pharmacists in the country and the world at large.

Present at the occasion was the representative of the Vice-Chancellor and foundation Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Prof. B.F. Olurinola; the Chairman, PCN, Pharmacist Ali; the representative of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist Alege; the Chief Medical Director of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, and a former Chairman of PCN, Pharmacist Francis Olayiwola.