The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has cautioned Nigerians, especially the Muslims, against looting public funds in order not to damage the image of Islam.

Prof. Abdulkareem gave the advice penultimate Thursday (June 28, 2018) at the foundation laying ceremony of Al-Burhan Multi-purpose Cooperative Society's Secretariat building located in the premises of the University of Ilorin Central Mosque.

Al-Burhan MCS is a non-interest Islamic Multi-purpose Cooperative Society established in 2003 to provide an alternative to the existing conventional interest-based cooperative societies on the University campus for Muslim and non-Muslim staff.

The Vice-Chancellor said, “Those that must volunteer from time to time to do many things for the public and for Islamic bodies in particular, I want us to be very careful. One wrong step can ruin everybody's name. If we that are supposed to be God-fearing are the ones doing disastrous things, then there is a problem”.

He added, “What is yours is yours, what is the public's is the public's, so you don't go to the public fund and dig your hand into what doesn't belong to you”.

Prof. Abdulkareem told the leaders of the MCS, “This is a Cooperative that is supposed to help everybody, so any way you can contribute to make that help be realised by others, please do it. Leave it to Almighty Allah to reward you”.

On the accumulated funds of the cooperative societies, the Vice-Chancellor explained that it was as a result of unexpected issues from the past records, adding,“A lot of us that came in as temporary workers are not captured in Abuja. That is why over the last three weeks in the Bursary we have been working on normalising things between us and Abuja”.

Earlier in his remarks, the President of Al-Burhan MCS, Dr. I. A. Yusuf, noted that “the modest secretariat building, when completed, will provide adequate office accommodation for our secretariat staff, the business ventures section of the society, a board room, cafeteria, and extra offices for future use”.

The President, who appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and the Unilorin Muslim Community for their usual support, assured the University Management that the project would not be abandoned. 

Dignitaries at the event included the Chairman, University of Ilorin Muslim Community, Prof. B. L Adeleke; the Director, University of Ilorin Health Services, Dr. Abdulrasheed Odunola; the Deputy Chief Imam, University of Ilorin Central Mosque, Prof. Nasir Abdulsalam; Prof. F. A. Adekola; the President, IMAN Trust, College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Dr. Omokanye; and the Secretary, Al-Burhan Odusote MCS, Engr. Dr. A. K Odunsote among others.

The total deposit figure of the Unilorin Microfinance Bank, which fell from N158.836 million in year 2011 to N122.280 million in year 2012, rose by more than 200 per cent to N236.092 million as at 31st December, 2016.

The Bank, which also made a tangible profit on the average of N15.24 million annually, had its asset base increased from N225.821 million by December 31, 2012, to N471.475 million on December 31, 2016.

The Chairman of the Bank's Board of Directors, Mr. Saka Abiodun Yusuf, disclosed these last Wednesday (July 4, 2018) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the bank for the year 2012 to 2016.

The Board Chairman, who was represented at the AGM by a member of the Board, Prof. Williams Rotimi Omotoye, explained that the implication of the profit means that the shareholders had every cause to rejoice because the value of their N30 million Paid-up Share Capital Investment had tripled in less than eight years. 

Mr. Yusuf, who is also the University Bursar, said that the last five years (2012 to 2016) have been a mixed grill of challenges emanating from somersault in monetary/fiscal policies, the introduction of the Treasury Single Account, (TSA) and continued pressure on the Dollars, which has pushed up the prices of virtually every necessity during the years under review. He, however, disclosed that the Bank has largely weathered the storm, saying, “Aluta continua until its shining star becomes the brightest among the peers”.

The Board Chairman announced that the Unilorin Holdings Limited, the Cooperative Societies and others that had made golden wise choice of investing in Unilorin Microfinance Bank, would start receiving bank alerts of their respective portion of the new dividends minutes after the Annual General Meeting.

He observed that one of the properties that significantly pushed-up the value of the Bank's asset is the ultra-modern Banking office complex which the Bank now operates from.

The Board Chairman disclosed that the Bank plans to metamorphose from a single branch Microfinance Bank to a national Microfinance Bank that can have branches in several towns and states. 

He, however, said that the Bank requires a minimum of N100 million as Shareholders Fund to upscale to a licensed State-wide Microfinance Bank while N1billion Shareholders Fund is the requirement for a national Microfinance Bank license. 

“Accordingly, the Board shall commence steps for registering with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of the sum of N57.734million in its Deposit for Shares Account in the weeks ahead”, he said. 

While acknowledging the tremendous support of successive Vice-Chancellors of the University of Ilorin, which has strengthened the customer-base of the Bank, Mr. Yusuf noted that the degree of support has skyrocketed beyond expectations since the assumption of office of Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the new Vice-Chancellor in October last year.

In the Auditor's Report presented by Mr. Saliu Ojibara of Saliu Ojibara and Co, the Bank was said to have kept proper books of account while its assets have been properly valued.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Unilorin Cooperative Societies, Deacon Okiki Ade, congratulated the Board of Directors of the Unilorin Microfinance Bank, Staff and Shareholders of the Banks for the achievement made in the years under review. 

The Annual General Meeting was attended by all Board Members of the Bank, the representatives of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and representatives of the various Cooperative Societies, among others.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has identified the study abroad programme as a “viable strategy” for fostering world peace, given its “inherent potential for building a critical mass of peace ambassadors.” 

Prof. Abdulkareem made this observation last Thursday (July 5, 2018) at the 9th International Students' Day organised by the Unilorin Centre for International Education (CIE) at the University Auditorium.

Represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Lanre T. Ajibade, the Vice-Chancellor, in his speech, entitled “International Education: Learning Without Borders”, said, “Through the process of acculturation, the study abroad programme enables young people to better appreciate the challenges and opportunities of life and living in the 21st century across international boundaries.

Prof. Abdulkareem noted that recent tragedies in parts of the world “serve as a reminder of the need for us as people of the world to cherish our common humanity. They should also awaken us to the need to appreciate our shared responsibility for actively building bridges of understanding and peace among all peoples and nations of the world.”

Commending the internationalisation drive of the Centre for International Education (CIE) in its nine years of existence, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the Unit had “recorded remarkable achievements in actualising the University's vision especially in attracting foreign staff and students as well as in driving international collaborations.” 

According to Prof. Abdulkareem, the International Students' Day  recognises the “importance of study abroad, which engenders appreciation of different ideologies, religions, traditions, countries and cultures”, adding that “knowledge, skills and values engendered by the study-abroad programme contribute in no small way to young people's global competencies.”

The Guest Speaker at the event, Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu, spoke extensively about how internationalisation “shows us the Africa we dream about.” 

Drawing from his experiences with international students, being a former Director of the CIE at its early formative years, Prof. Mokuolu, whose lecture was entitled “The Africa of our dream: The role of the African Youth”, noted that the CIE has been able to plant productive seeds across Africa. 

He then submitted that “the Africa of our dreams- is the Africa where peace reigns, where love flows, where youths thrive, where knowledge grows”, saying, “We seek for that Africa where education is for all. It is the Africa where people are healthy. It is the Africa where there is rule of law and above all, we seek Africa where there is fear of God.”

Earlier in her address, the Director of the CIE, Prof. Mrs. F.A.O. Olasehinde-Williams, stated that the Centre has promoted the vision of the University by adopting global best practices in higher education through its programmes and activities comprising student exchange, student welfare amongst others. 

Prof. Olaseinde-Williams disclosed that the international student enrolment in the University “now stands at 300 from 14 countries across the African sub-region into the immersion, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the University.”

She said, “This year alone, the University attracted about 200 students from nine countries; accordingly, the University of Ilorin was singled out by JAMB as the only University in Nigeria that has the highest number of international student enrolment for the 2017/2018 academic session”.

While expressing appreciation for the support the Centre received from the University Management under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman, the Director commended the CIE staff members for their dedication, urging them to “continue to work as a formidable team to move the Centre to greater heights.”

In his own remarks, the President of the International Students Association, Ojiri Enahoro Innocent, expressed gratitude for the constant level of hospitality and support accorded international students in the University. 

In its sustained effort to provide the staff and students of the University of Ilorin with quality health care services, the authorities of the University have released a sum of N40 million for the purchase of drugs for the University Clinic.

 The Ag. Director of the University Health Services, Dr Abdulrasheed Odunola, disclosed this in a chat with Unilorin Bulletin in his office penultimate Thursday (June 14, 2018).         

Dr. Odunola said that “the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, recently approved the release of N40 million to equip the University Clinic with adequate drugs to ensure that staff and students have access to quality and affordable health care system on the campus”. 

He disclosed that about 14 companies were contracted to supply the drugs, saying that many of the companies have already delivered their consignments while the remaining few companies are expected to deliver their drugs very soon. 

Dr. Odunola also disclosed that the University administration has equally concluded arrangement to employ more doctors and other health personnel for the University Clinic to make sure that the health of members of the University community is adequately taken care of. 

The Medical Director disclosed further that the University Board of Health has mandated all staff of the University of Ilorin to visit the University clinic for medical check-up on their respective birthdays. 

Speaking on the World Blood Donor Day that was marked recently, Dr Odunola encouraged staff and students of the University that are within the age range of donating blood to willingly and freely do so to save lives of those in critical health conditions but could not afford the cost of blood purchase for their sick relatives.

The Governing Council of the University of Ilorin has approved the appointment of 22 new Professors, 15 Readers, and four substantive Directors for four technical and professional units in the University. 

 The new Professors, whose appointments were announced penultimate Friday (June 29, 2018) by the Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Folaranmi Modupe Olowoleni, at the 270th Meeting of the University Senate, are Dr. AbdulWahab O. Issa, the University Librarian; Dr. G.B. Adesiji of the Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Dr. Oluyemisi B. Fawole of the Department of Agronomy; Dr. A. S. Abubakar of the Department of English; Dr. S.O. Ikibe of the Department of the Performing Arts and Dr. Hannah Olawumi of the Department of Haematology.   

  Others are Dr. A.A. Akanbi II, Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology; Dr. B. O. Bolaji , Department of Anaesthesia; Dr. P.M. Kolo, Department of Medicine; Dr Omonego V. Mejabi, Department of Information and Communication Sciences; Dr. M.A. Fakomogbon, Department of Educational Technology; Dr. R.A. Shehu, Department of Health Promotion; and Dr. Bolanle Olawuyi, Department of  Social Sciences Education.

 Also elevated are Dr. J. O. Olaoye and Dr. K. A. Adeniran, both of the Department of Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering; Dr. K.R. Ajao and Dr. I.K. Adegun of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Omolara O. Oluwaniyi and Dr. A.A. Baba of the Department of Industrial Chemistry;Dr. O.M. Kolawole and Dr. A.A. Adewara of the Departments of Microbiology and Statistics respectively. 

 Those elevated to the position of Reader include Dr. O.O. Ibrahim of the Department of Pathology; Dr. Dupe S. Ademola-Popoola of the Department of Opthalmology and Dr. S.A. Aderibigbe of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health; Dr. M.F. Akorede of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering; Dr. S. Abdulkareem, Mechanical Engineering; Dr. A.M. Ayanshola, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering; Dr.. A.S. Kasum, Dr. T.A. Olaniyi and Dr. O.F. Osemene, all of the Department of Accounting; Dr. M.A. Ajayi and Dr. I.B. Abdullahi, both of the Department of Finance;  Dr. E.M. Osezua of the Department of Public Administration, Dr. Y.A. Ahmed of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management; Dr. Oyebisi Azeez of the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry and Dr. Adesina Lukman Azeez of the Department of Mass Communication.

  The new Directors are: Dr. Rasheed Adekeye Odunola of the Unilorin Health Services; Mr. Kunle Ibrahim Akogun of the Directorate of Corporate Affairs; Engr. Abisoye Adesoji Mudasiru of the Works Unit and Dr. Adams, Bashir Olajide of the Physical Planning Unit. 

   The new Director of Health Services, Dr. Odunola, was a successful private Medical Practitioner before joining the services of the University of Ilorin in 2011.He was appointed the Ag. Medical Director of the University Health Services in March 2017. He is the first and only non-teaching staff member to sit on the University Governing Council, having been unanimously elected by the Congregation in October 2017.

The new Director of Works, Engr. Abisoye, joined the services of the University in 2011 as Deputy Director. He was Telecommunication Engineer at Murhi International, Lagos; Chief Engineer, Concord Press, Ikeja; and General Manager, Technical Services of The Nation newspaper. He was appointed Ag. Director of Works in August 2017.

The new Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Akogun, a consummate journalist of the print media genre, is a former Group News Editor, National Assembly Editor and Editorial Board member of the influential THISDAY Newspaper before joining the services of the University of Ilorin in 2012 as Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs.

The new Director of Physical Planning, Dr. Adams, joined the services of the University as Chief Architect in 2008 from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, where he was an Assistant Director. He was appointed Deputy Director of PPU in 2012.

An Associate Professor in the Department of Islamic Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Dr. Abdulrasaq Abdulmajeed Alaro, has emerged the overall winner at the just concluded paper presentations of the Forum of African Muslim Scholars hosted by the Committee for Da'wah in Africa. 

Dr. Alaro, who competed with 28 other scholars from 27 African countries, emerged the winner at the 27th edition of the programme held in Saudi Arabia on June 7, 2018. The general theme for this year's paper presentation was "Institutionalising Da'wah and Social Works in Africa".

This year's gathering of the Forum of African Muslim Scholars was hosted in three Saudi Arabian cities of Makkah, Madinah and Riyadh. 

Scholarly Papers were invited from academics from across Africa and a total of 28 academic papers were submitted from 27 African countries, and the papers submitted were subjected to review and assessment by a team of accredited academics from Saudi and other universities.

The immediate-past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Ilorin, Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, who is also the Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, celebrated his 90th birthday penultimate Sunday (June 17, 2018) at his residence, Ogbe-Ofu Quarters, Ogwashi-Ukwu.

At the event, the management of the University of Ilorin was represented by a powerful delegation led by the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON). 

     Other members of the delegation include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RTI), Prof. G.A. Olatunji; the Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) F.M. Olowoleni; the immediate past Registrar, Mr. E.D. Obafemi, a Council member, Prof. A.B.O. Omotoso; the Deputy Registrar (Council), Dr. B.S. Adisa; the Principal Assistant Registrar, Vice-Chancellor's Office,  Mrs. B.O. Ishola; and the Chief Confidential Secretary (Registrar's Office), Mr. A.O. Otonekwu. 

The delegation was received by one of the children of the celebrant, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Minister of Finance.