A lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, Dr. Olugbenga Ogunmodimu, has underscored the importance of astronomy to the wellbeing of humanity, noting that variation in the intensity of solar flare affects radio communication, transportation, broadcasting and administration.

Dr Ogundimu, who is a member of the Centre for Atmospheric Research, National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria, said this penultimate Thursday (July 20, 2017) while delivering a lecture titled ''Predicting Space Weather Event: Current Models and Achievements'' at the presentation of the Communication Research Group (CNRG) of the Department of Telecommunication Science, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin.

The Guest Lecturer noted that what is happening above humans in the cloud is important to the welfare of human beings because  radio communication also determines  the Global Position System (GPS) technology which is used in aviation for landing of aircrafts and used for  satellite phones and broadcasts.

Dr. Ogundimu disclosed that space weather is determined by statistical analysis of past and current observation of the space environment and mathematical description of conditions of the space environment based on addictive, dynamic and electromagnetic processes all of which have effect on the astronaut in space.

In his remarks, the Director of the Centre for Research Development and In House-Training (CREDIT), University of Ilorin, who chaired the event, Prof. B. S Alabi, noted that the mandate of the research group, which is to monitor the research activities in the Faculty of Communication and Information Science, is similar to that of CREDIT, which monitors the University research at large.

Prof. Alabi said, “TET-FUND has sent out a proposal which you can take advantage of it by getting a lot of capital to carry out more research not only in the University of Ilorin but in Nigeria and across the world”.

The CREDIT Director stressed that Communication Network is one of the most important aspects that researchers need to pay more attention to because without communication modern life cannot exist.

He promised that the CREDIT will do its very best to promote and encourage the CNRG and other researchers in order to keep the good work going.

In his own remarks, the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof. J.S Sadiku, described Dr. Ogundimu's lecture as very interesting, saying that the audience have gained much from the lecture.

Staff of the Postgraduate School, University of Ilorin, bade farewell to the outgoing Dean of the School, Prof B.O. Yusuf, at a rousing ceremony held last Tuesday (July 25 2017), at the School's Boardroom which was filled to capacity.

According Sub-dean (Professional) of the Post Graduate School, Dr. A. Isa, the Dean recorded a number of successes during his administration. He surmounted the seemingly insurmountable challenges in the last two years because of his leadership approach and style.

“In the last two years, we enjoyed a lot of privileges. We had subdued some seemingly insurmountable challenges until the end of his short but highly eventful tenure. We also had a prospectus under him and it is a big landmark.”

Dr. Isa expressed his appreciation to the Dean for his accommodating disposition and his trust in the abilities of his team members while challenging them to be on their toes by delegating responsibilities to them. He noted that the PG School was also able to produce Ph.D. abstracts and prospectus which has kept the University's press busy.

While delivering his own tribute, the Sub-Dean of the Postgraduate School (Academic) Dr. Bode-Kayode, disclosed that at moments like the send-off ceremony, mixed emotions fill the minds noting that Prof. Yusuf is a man of letters and a great character who makes a lot of contributions to the interfaith peaceful co-existence we enjoy on campus.

He added that he learnt a lot of things which he had previously taken for granted from the outgoing Dean as he revealed that he often doused the embers of crisis silently. He stressed that Prof. Yusuf came, saw and has conquered giving his background as a “behavioural engineer”.

In his comments, the Deputy Registrar and Secretary of Postgraduate School , Mr. Olu Olajugba, described Prof Yusuf as a leader and a father whom the P.G. School is not bidding “bye bye” to, but saying  “see you again” in the University's tradition. He also expressed appreciation to the Dean's family for their support while he was in office.

The women leader of the University of Ilorin Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU), who is a former staff of the Postgraduate School, Mrs . A Hadi, appreciated the Dean for the low tone his voice assumes whenever it was time to reprimand his subordinates while the secretary of the P.G. school, Mr. J.F. Olafare appreciated the don in like manner.

When invited guests were called to pay their tributes, Dr. H.A. Abdusalam of the Department of Religions described the Scholar as a born achiever disclosing he first met him fifty years ago and had been his friend for over forty years.

He recalled how they initiated a review of classification of results at Bayero University as diploma students and also recounted many of the achievements of Prof Yusuf as Provost of the Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies and as the Chairman of the Kwara

State Muslims' Pilgrims welfare Board.

On his part, Dr. R.I Adebayo of the same department, similarly recounted the many quality publications churned out while Prof Yusuf was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal of the National Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic studies.

The Chairman of the Unilorin Bulletin editorial Board, Dr. L.A. Azeez, appreciated Prof. Yusuf for initiating a P.G. School Bulletin to project the activities of the Postgraduate School while Mr. Toyin Bamigboye of the Directorate of Academic Support Services disclosed that the number of results that his office processed in the last two years is unprecedented.

In his response to the gesture, Prof. Yusuf appreciated the staff of the Postgraduate School for their hard work and cooperation and singled out Mr. Sunday Olawuyi for his rare display of honesty while he drove him around Nigeria and beyond. He also expressed appreciation to his Secretary for his unflinching loyalty and the Sub-Deans who worked with him for their wisdom and apt sense of judgement.

The event, which was attended by the Director of the University of Ilorin Legal Services Unit, Barrister Dare Akanbi featured folk songs in praise of the honoree.

Five lecturers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, have completed their Fellowship programme at  the Post graduate College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria, and have subsequently bagged their Fellowship Awards in different areas of specialization.

They are: Dr. J. O. Aiyedun, Dr. H. M. Ambali, Dr. K. T. Biobaku, Dr. F. M. Lawal, and Dr. F. T. Olusanmi.

A statement made available to Unilorin Bulletin disclosed that the Fellowship awards will spur the Faculty to greater heights and add value to the quality of Veterinary services and teaching rendered in the University.

Amidst a general feeling of hopelessness, of despondency and unending apprehension over whether anything good could ever come out of Nigeria, fuelled by a near general belief that the country is probably primed for failure or even decidedly doomed to perdition, some real new breeds are beginning to emerge, as if from outer space. Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), is one of these rare breeds, who have rejected the way we do things here and are frantically proving to us all that Nigeria, our own dear fatherland, can indeed be made to work for Nigerians, function properly and take its rightful place in the comity of sane nations.

Since he mounted the JAMB saddle exactly a year ago, Prof. Oloyede has introduced so many positive changes in the administration and function of the central tertiary institution admission body that have marveled even his worst critics and shamed the vociferous opponents of his appointment. It is however a thing of joy that the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin has not disappointed those of us who know him so well and are so confident of his career trajectory that we whole-heartedly vouched for his ability to deliver on his assigned mandate!

Not only has he instituted an enhanced welfare scheme for JAMB staff that is already boosting their morale, Prof. Oloyede has also, within a year of his messianic mission, substantially restored the sanctity of the Board's main mandate: the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). And, as evident in the last exercise, JAMB's technology has considerably improved, with high level of transparency and advanced networking. The scrapping of the traditional scratch card system for checking results is also another positive rebellion by this audacious JAMB helmsman

But by far the most remarkable feat by any non-revenue yielding MDA in the country is the recent remittance by Prof. Oloyede's JAMB of a whopping sum of N5 billion to the Federal Government coffers. According to the Board's spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, the money was saved through the transparent and judicious use of resources. This is indeed a praise-worthy development, especially in a country where even some MDAs that were specifically established to raise revenue for the government often collect extra-budgetary bail-outs from government to supplement their overheads and remit mere pittance to national treasury at the end of the financial year.

Like I said earlier, by this feat, Prof. Oloyede is just living up to his well-known credentials of administrative acumen, financial discipline and legendary transparency in public service. An erudite Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence and the first ever Unilorin graduate to make a first class degree in the institution, Oloyede became a household name during his tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, having largely succeeded in turning the second Generation University into a world class institution. This, he achieved by dint of hard work, resilience, consistency, tenacity of purpose and unparalleled team spirit.

With the inconsistency and policy somersault that JAMB began to manifest shortly before his appointment, many concerned Nigerians have started to warn of dire consequences for the nation's education sector if urgent action was not taken to stem the JAMB slide. At first, it was the massive dwindling confidence in the entrance examination – the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) – conducted by the body. Such was the waning popularity of JAMB that a consensus of opinions was gradually forming on the need to scrap the body and revert the power to admit candidates to the respective universities!

Indeed, no government worth its name would allow such a sad slide. But since the government was not ready to scrap the agency, the only way out was to look for a credible personage to reverse the glide! And that exactly was what President Muhammadu Buhari administration did on August 1 last year when it came to Unilorin to poach one of its shining stars and its immediate past Vice-Chancellor, an eminently tested and trusted hand, to head JAMB.  

A stickler for discipline and due process, Prof. Oloyede is already justifying the government's confidence in him. He has so far substantially proved his traducers wrong. Out of sheer envy and deep-seated ethno-religious bias, some perpetual noise makers, through a deluge of lies and brazen propaganda, nearly succeeded in arm-twisting the government to reconsider its wise and commendable decision on Prof. Oloyede's appointment. Even as they failed to stop the appointment, these enemies of progress never gave up. They went further to enlist some unscrupulous and disgruntled UTME CBT-Centre operators, with whom they nearly marred this year's UTME exercise but for the foresight of the astute administrator in introducing the Mock-UTME initiative. That was how the orchestrated sabotage of the Mock-UTME eventually became the saving grace for the main exams, as JAMB was able to plug all the identified loopholes.

For justifying the confidence reposed in him by the government and his admirers, Town & Gown gives a big kudos to this erudite scholar and astute manager of men and resources. Indeed, a new Nigeria is possible!

Directorate of Human Resources

(Senior Staff Section)

Call Circular for Year 2017 Promotion Exercise for Promotion of Academic Staff on CONUASS 01 TO 07 and Non-Teaching Staff on CONTISS 06 TO 14

Submissions are hereby invited for consideration of year 2017 promotions.

            It is important to emphasize that promotions will be guided by the regulations in Chapter 9 of the Revised Regulations Governing the Conditions of Service for Senior Staff. Availability of established and approved vacancies shall be based on the year 2017 budget for which due financial provisions were made, in fulfillment of the Academic, Administrative, Professional and Technical criteria for promotion from one grade level to another as determined by the appropriate Faculty, Department or Unit.

            As contained in Section 9.1.5 of the Conditions of Service for Senior Staff,   normal promotion from one grade to another shall only be countenanced after a member of staff has spent at least three (3) years after his appointment or the last promotion.

            As directed by the Appointments & Promotions Committee, since year 2003, and based on the provision of section 9:13:1 of the Revised Conditions of Service for senior staff, all Senior Non-Teaching Staff from CONTISS 06 to 14 (Administrative, Executive, Secretarial, Secretarial Assistants and Professional) cadre being recommended for year 2017 Promotions will undergo Promotion Interview.   In the same vein, assessment of Technical Staff for promotion shall be based on Practical Examination in the relevant area which shall constitute 50% of such assessment, qualification, post-qualification experience and Annual Performance Evaluation Reports for the preceding two (2) years as stipulated in Sections 9:14:1 and 9:14:2 of the Revised Conditions of Service for Senior Staff. The assessment shall be based on the following parameters;

(i)         Requisite and appropriate academic/professional qualifications;

(ii)        Practical Examination/Written and Oral Interview by the Faculty/Departmental Promotions Review Panels which should include an External Expert on the relevant field of specialization and a Representative of the Registrar from the Directorate of Human Resources; and

(iii)       Performance report for the preceding two (2) years;

(iv)       The marking scheme used for the assessment test in (i) above shall accompany the recommendations to A&PC.

            The proposed dates of interview for Technologists, Technical and other professional staff being recommended by their respective Faculties/Departments will be arranged with the Directorate of Human Resources.

Please note that the papers of all Administrative, Secretarial and Secretarial Assistant cadres, whose interview is to be handled by the Registry Promotion Review Panel should be forwarded to the Directorate of Human Resources.

            It is imperative that the following programme schedules are strictly adhered to as failure to do so may result in non-processing of submissions from any defaulting Faculty, Department/Unit for the relevant meetings of the Appointments and Promotions Committee.

(a)        recommendations of Heads of Department or Departmental Promotions Panels, (where applicable) should reach the appropriate Deans not later than 11th August, 2017

(b)        ten (10) copies of the recommendations by the Faculty Promotions Panels duly signed by the Dean as Chairman and the Faculty Officer as Secretary, should reach the Deputy Registrar (Human Resources) not later than 31st August, 2017

(c)        notice of meetings of the Faculty Promotions Panels at which the Registry (Human Resources) should be represented must reach the Deputy Registrar (Human Resources) AT LEAST ONE WEEK before the date of such meetings to ensure that the Registry is effectively represented.

(d)       You are requested to please submit recommendations including name and signature of Dean/Head of Department/Unit and relevant papers along with duly signed and dated Curriculum Vitae of each recommended members of Staff as reflected in the attached proforma on or before 31st August, 2017

 

Signed

R.A. Okojie (Mrs.)

for: Registrar

Directorate of Human Resources

(Junior Staff Section)

Call Circular for Year 2017 Promotion Exercise for Junior Staff on CONTISS 01 to 05

The Junior Staff Appointments and Promotions Committee meeting is expected to hold in September, 2017 for the consideration of recommendations of year 2017 Promotions from Heads of Departments/Units in respect of Staff on CONTISS 01 to 05.

To this end, submission of recommendations in respect of the above category of Officers who are eligible for promotions are expected to be submitted in twenty-five (25) copies to reach the undersigned not later than Thursday, 24thAugust, 2017.

Staff aspiring for promotion are requested to please note the following guidelines for promotion as approved by Council for strict compliance.

GUIDELINES ON JUNIOR STAFF PROMOTIONS EXERCISE – 2017

  1. Recommendations for promotion should only be made in respect of positions that are already established in the budget of the year that the promotion will take effect; in this respect, 2017.
  2. Recommendations on centrally deployed staff such as Drivers, Secretaries, Clerks, Executive staff etc.; should be processed through and duly endorsed by the appropriate Head of the Staff's deploying Department (e.g. Registry, Bursary or Works Department).
  3. Recommendations for promotions are expected to be made by Heads of Departments/Units in clear terms and using precise language. Where a staff does not merit promotion, such should be clearly stated.  In addition, queries and warnings handled within a Department without due reference to the Directorate of Human Resources Office will not be used to penalize the staff concerned.
  4. (i)          Employees recommended for promotion must possess the qualifications and experience required for the post in view.

(ii)        In line with the directive of Appointments and Promotions Committee, Junior Staff being recommended for year 2017 promotions will undergo written, oral and practical promotion examinations as the case may be.

(iii)       Written, oral and practical examinations by the Faculty/Departmental Promotions Review Panel for technical and professional staff should include an External Expert in the relevant field and a representative of the Registrar from the Directorate of Human Resources.  The proposed dates for such examinations by the Faculty/Department will be arranged with the Directorate of Human Resources. The examinations for Executive, Clerical, Secretarial and Messengerial Cadres would be handled by the Registry Promotion Review Panel.

(iv)       Notice of meetings of the Faculty/Department Promotions Panels at which the Directorate of Human Resources should be represented must reach the Senior Assistant Registrar, Directorate of Human Resources, Junior Staff Section at least7 daysbefore the date of such meetings for effective representation of the Registry.

  1. (i) No recommendation for promotion shall be countenanced until after a staff has actually served for up to three years after the last  appointment or promotion.

            (ii)        Only confirmed officers shall be promoted. Therefore, recommendations in respect of unconfirmed officers shall not be countenanced.

            (iii)       Only notional promotion may be considered or approved for a member of staff on study leave with or without pay.

            (iv)       Where vacancies are limited, Heads of Departments/Units are requested to do the necessary ranking of their staff recommended for promotion to assist the Committee.

(v)        Candidates must state their correct Grade Levels, Personnel File Numbers and indicate surname in upper case and underlined to assist the processing of recommendations.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION

Promotion shall take effect on the 1st day of October of each year. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROMOTION EXAMINATIONS

Please note that Thursday, 24thAugust, 2017 is the deadline for submission of recommendations and promotion examination reports respectively.  Late submission would not be entertained.

Signed

Mrs. K.W. Garba

for: Registrar  

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has decried the incessant blame on the colonialists for Africa's underdevelopment, saying that Africans should rather reach a unanimous decision to seek ways of utilising the continent's remaining resources for developmental purpose.

Prof. Ambali stated this last Wednesday (July 19, 2017), in his address at the 8th International Students' Day and Public Lecture, organised by the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Ilorin.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji, noted that “Africa has the largest reserves of precious metals in the world, with over 40% of gold reserves, 60% of cobalt and 90% of platinum. There are abundant oil deposits that can be converted to wealth and benefit the majority.”

Stressing that developing Africa is a shared responsibility between its leaders and its people, Prof. Ambali stated that bad leadership has made it uneasy for some, especially the vulnerable ones living in poverty, adding that in many African countries, the needy and neglected people are subjected to harsh living conditions and this needs to change because “we cannot be without them”.

The Vice-Chancellor submitted that to develop Africa, “a unanimous decision of providing for the needy and avoiding greed must be reached” because a privileged few has been stealing the commonwealth and if this continues, development will be a mirage, adding that there are enough resources to take care of everyone's need if only people shun corruption.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director of CIE, Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed that the students have improved greatly compared to the previous year, adding that the Centre produced the best Accounting student in 2016 and the students have been engaging in innovative projects that will develop Africa.

In his address, the President of the Unilorin International Students Association (UISA), Comrade Kaba Musa, appreciated the University administration for giving the Association a platform for cultural integration. He noted that the presence of the Guest Speakers is an advantage for the students and Africa as a whole as they would speak on topics that are paramount to the existence of humanity.

Among other dignitaries present were the representative of the University Bursar, Mr Isaac Ogunbiyi; a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Issa Fakunle; former Directors of CIE, Prof. A. Omotosho and Prof. O. Mokuolu; the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. A. Abdussallam; a representative of the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Isiaka Gold; the Olola of Olla, Oba (Dr.) Stephen Billy Olajide; as well as staff and students of the University.