In its sustained drive to help improve the quality of academic publications by removing ambiguities surrounding acceptable journals and inculcate enduring academic culture among the University staff, the Library and Publications Committee will be organising a three-day Talk Shop for concerned members of academic staff.

 A statement by the Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Kunle Akogun, quoted the Committee Chairman, Prof. Y. A. Quadri, as saying that “the objective of the Talk Shop, which holds at the University Auditorium between Tuesday, September 25, 2017 and Thursday, September 27, 2017 at 10.00a.m. each day, is to discuss the issue before it is sent to the University's Appointment and Promotions Committee for consideration”.

Prof. Quadri said that “the Library and Publications Committee, in a meeting held recently, noted that some members of the academic staff lack academic culture particularly integrity and mentoring required to sustain them within the academic system.

 “Secondly, the committee recognized the need to revisit the definition of acceptable academic publications within the perception of global best practices in order to remove ambiguities and provide guidance on where to publish. Everybody is hereby called upon to be part of the discussion on the issue before it is sent to the AP & C for consideration. The Committee therefore, decided to have a talk shop on the matters”.

 The Library and Publications Committee Chairman, therefore, urged members of the academic staff to come to the Talk Shop with their laptops on the dates indicated against their Faculties as follows:

  1. Tuesday 26th September 2017:

  Faculties of Arts; CIS; Education; Environmental Science; Management Sciences; Law and Social Sciences.

  Speaker: Prof. Amadu Sesay 

Discussant: Prof. W. O. Egbewole

Topic:“In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

  1. Wednesday 27th September 2017:

 Faculties of Agriculture; Engineering; Life Science & Physical Science

 Speaker: Prof. J.A. Obaleye  

Discussant: Prof. D.S. Ogunniyi

  Topic: “In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

  1. Thursday 28th September 2017:

Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences; Clinical Science; Pharmaceutical Science and Veterinary Medicine

Speaker: Prof. S.F. Ambali

Discussant: Prof. A.B.O. Omotoso

Topic: “In which journals do I publish my articles?” – Prof. Y.A. Quadri

Time is 10am.  each day

Massive Internationalisation Drive

The Professor Ambali administration significantly sustained the legendary internationalization drive of his predecessors. Through its Centre for International Education (CIE), the University has facilitated students' exchange with foreign institutions based on existing Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with such institutions. This has promoted regional integration, acculturation and enhanced educational / research opportunities

Foreign faculties have also been engaged with the University to facilitate the strengthening of research capabilities, grantsmanship and the introduction of new programmes. The University also engages in a number of activities that are geared towards the promotion of global best practices either by learning from others or by sharing important lessons learnt with the global community. The modest efforts of the University on internationalization have yielded many gains, among which are: placing the University on the global map of higher institutions of repute; affording the University the opportunity to partner many reputable universities all over the world; affording the University access to facilities that are not available within the country; promoting internationalization within the campus thereby exposing staff and students to international opportunities such as American Council for Learned Society, (ACLS) Fulbright Fellowship, etc.; participating in the programmes of international organizations to which the University is a member (such as AAU and others).This benefits the university in a number of ways. For example, AAU pays for visiting scholars from Africa, like external examiners and other scholars on short term visits.  It also funds limited graduates' researches; and helping the University to set new standards in terms of international staff and students.

In addition, Professor Ambali was able to bring the likes of the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama; the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington; the former President of the International Association of Universities (IAU), Prof. Dzulkifli AbdulRasak; the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Prof. John Wood; and several other international figures to deliver lectures at the University convocation ceremonies.

The presence of these international figures, especially Carrington, on the campus of the University of Ilorin was one of the best PR stunts for the University and, indeed, the entire country in recent times. Not only did Carrington's visit to the University in 2013 draw the highest national and international attention to Unilorin, with the massive media blast it engendered, it was also a diplomatic plus for the Federal Government in its sustained effort to convince foreigners then that the orchestrated so-called level of insecurity in the country at the time was a mere fluke.

One of the immediate dividends of the University's massive internationalization drive was Professor Ambali's election, in 2016, as the Chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU). The election was an additional feather to his well-adorned cap, a veritable testament to his administrative acumen. In particular, it was a call to replicate, at a higher sub-regional level, the Midas touch, with which the multiple award-winning Vice-Chancellor has turned the University of Ilorin into a world-class institution. The election was indeed an international recognition of the leadership position of the University of Ilorin among the committee of Nigerian tertiary institutions.   

 

Community Service

One of the most epochal of Professor Ambali's achievements in the area of community service was the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the University signed with the Nigerian Army for the training of senior military personnel in Peace and Strategic Studies, at Masters' level.

The establishment of a Community-based Counselling Centre in the heart of Ilorin town is another community service initiative of the Ambali administration. Sited in Tanke area of Ilorin South Local Government area, the Centre is a collaborative arrangement with the Crescent Gold Hospital, Tanke, Ilorin. It is unique and the first of its kind in terms of public private partnership.

The Centre is expected to help in addressing cases of drop-outs and various forms of deviant behaviours among the youths.   

 

Sports Development

Prof. Ambali also made remarkable contributions to sports development in the University during his tour of duty. The successful hosting of the Second National Youth Games held at the Unilorin Sports Complex between September 24th and 29th 2016 brought a hail of commendations for the University such that the Federal Government automatically conceded the hosting of the third edition of the games to the better far institution!

 

Promotion of Religious Harmony

One of the hallmarks of Professor Ambali's tenure is the active and manifest promotion of religious harmony among staff members and students and indeed all members of the University Community. Not only did he actively encourage the unhindered practice of both Christianity and Islam by the respective adherents of both faiths, it is on record that Professor Ambali played host to leaders of both religious groups at one time or another during his tenure.

One of such religious leaders that came calling is the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Ministry Worldwide, Pastor W. F. Kumuyi, who visited the University on November 10, 2016. The renowned cleric was a guest of the Unilorin Christian Fellowship Association (UCFA) but he took time off his schedule to pay a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor in his office, during which he spoke glowingly about the enduring religious harmony and exemplary academic excellence of the University.

The University, under Professor Ambali, also played host to a bevy of Muslim clerics on February 3, 2017 during the foundation laying and launching ceremony of the Unilorin Centre for Quran Memorization, an initiative of the University of Ilorin Muslim Community.

Also worthy of note is the institution of Eid prayers on the University campus by the Muslim community during the tenure of Professor Ambali.

 

Sustaining Excellence, Staying at the Top

The University of Ilorin has, over the years, proved to be a veritable centre of academic excellence. It has been consistently ranked the best University in Nigeria and one of the best 20 in Africa by different international University Ranking Agencies. The University also has the most stable and consistent academic calendar in the country, which makes it the most sought after institution by admission seekers.

The administration of Professor Ambali sustained the University's robust national and international rating. Not only that, he was able to move the University a notch higher, catapulting it from its 2013 status of the second most subscribed university in the country to the most subscribed since 2014. Statistics from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has shown that the University of Ilorin consistently maintained the status of the most patronized University by admission seekers in the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) consecutively.

To be continued next week

As the 2017/2018 admission exercise gets underway, no fewer than 48, 666 admission seekers sat for the post-UTME screening last week to test their eligibility for admission into the University of Ilorin.

The six-day long screening exercise held seamlessly at two centres – Ilorin and Lagos – between Monday (September 11, 2017) and Saturday (September 16, 2017).

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Ilorin again emerged the most subscribed university by admission seekers this year, with more than 104,000 candidates picking the University as their preferred institution in the last Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) moderated admission application. Out of these, 59,045 scored 180 and above in the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), qualifying them for the screening exercise, which is the last stage of the admission process

A total 49, 631 candidates registered for the screening exercise, which is entirely CBT based.

A breakdown of the number of candidates examined each day shows that on Day One of the exercise (Monday, September 11, 2017), 11,400 candidates were screened at both centres with the Ilorin Centre having 7, 800 candidates while 3, 565 candidates presented themselves for screening at the Lagos Centre.

However, 46 candidates were absent at the Ilorin Centre while 35 failed to show up at the Lagos Centre.

On Day Two (Tuesday, September 12, 2017), a total of 11, 325 candidates were examined with the Ilorin Centre having 7, 745 applicants and 3, 580 in Lagos.

On Day Three (Wednesday, September 13, 2017), 11,250 applicants were screened, 3509 in Lagos and 7741 in Ilorin.

On Day Four (Thursday, September 14, 2017), 10, 903 admission seekers were screened with Lagos centre accounting for 3, 195 candidates while 7, 708 candidates were examined at the Ilorin Centre.

On Day Five (Friday, September 15, 2017), a total of 3, 578 were screened at both centres with Ilorin having 3, 549 candidates and Lagos having only 29 candidates.

On Day Six (Saturday, September 16, 2017) 103 candidates were examined in a mop up exercise at the Ilorin Centre.

A major feature of the screening exercise was the prompt release of the result less than five hours after the completion of the examination each day. Candidates were just required to check their results online via the Unilorin admission portal by login in with their JAMB Registration Number and their Surname.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin in his office, the Director of the Computer Services and Information Technology Centre (COMSIT), the administrators of the screening exercise, Prof. M. O. Yusuf, disclosed that the exercise went on smoothly in both centres with only one incident of impersonation recorded.

The COMSIT Director added that the registration portal, which was earlier slated to be closed last Thursday (September 14, 2017) “remained opened till Sunday, September 17, 2017 for the second batch candidates whose list was being expected from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as well as those who needed to upload their NECO results and pictures, among others”.

Meanwhile, candidates that participated in the post-UTME screening have expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination, describing it as one of the most successful examinations they have ever attended.

Some of the candidates who spoke with Unilorin Bulletin commended the University authorities for the machineries put in place for the conduct of the examination.

They observed that the examination process was hitch-free with the environment conducive for candidates.

One of the candidates, Mudathir Abdulmalik Benya, described the University's environment and the halls used for the screening as ideal for any examination, even as he commended the University management for its awareness creation on the mode of dressing in the University.

He said, "I so much like the way this year's post-UTME was conducted. There was a very conducive environment for a normal examination to take place. The halls were ok.

“In fact, the whole University's environment was very conducive. What impressed me more was the way they were creating awareness on the way we should dress as would-be students of their University."

Another candidate, Bature Shukurat, said she was not disappointed in the University over the conduct of the post-UTME screening, saying the University is reputed for best standards.

"Well, I can say I am not disappointed over the screening at all, because Unilorin is known for standard. So everything they do should be properly handled", she said.

...as Sport Minister hails Unilorin for hosting back to back

Athletes that participated in the just concluded 3rd National Youth Games and who aspire to enter the University of Ilorin in the 2017/2018 academic session have got a firm assurance of automatic admission from the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), if they meet the institution's basic admission requirements.

The Youth Games, hosted by the University of Ilorin, ended last Saturday (September 16, 2017).

Prof. Ambali, who gave the assurance penultimate Saturday (September 9, 2017) while flagging off the Games at the Unilorin Sports Stadium, said that once those who applied to the University meet the admission requirements of the institution, the University will offer them automatic admission in the on-going 2017/2018 admission exercise.

The Vice-Chancellor urged all the athletes to remain steadfast and stay away from vices that could jeopardize their future.

On why the University was hosting the Games for the second time consecutively, Prof. Ambali pointed out that “it is an opportunity to give the youths the chance to showcase their potential", adding that "it is the responsibility of all of us and wherever we can key in to make an impact in the lives of our Youths”.

Earlier in his opening address, the Minister of Sport and Youths Development, Hon. Solomon Dalung, disclosed that this year's games will be used to produce formidable athletes that will represent Nigeria at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the African Youth Games in Algeria next year.

The Minister said that "for Nigeria to effectively reap from the National Youth Games, the ages of the Athletes in subsequent games will not be above 15 and not the usual U-17 event again.

While appreciating President Muhammadu Buhari for "his magnanimity in granting approval for the staging of this important games", Hon. Dalung was full of praises for the Vice-Chancellor and staff of the University of Ilorin “for hosting this national event for the second time."

Also in his remarks, the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, admonished the athletes to use the games to develop their talents.

The Governor, who was represented on the occasion by the state's Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Hon. Bolakale Ayo, described the National Youth Games as an avenue to groom young talents for the country.

 Unilorin hosted the second edition of the games last year. The first edition was held in Abuja in 2013 during the tenure of Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi as the Sport Minister.

About 28 states of the federation participated in the games.

Like a golden fish that has no hiding place, Professor Ambali's many accomplishments did not go unnoticed and they were duly recognized. So many organizations --- governmental and non-governmental --- and individuals, who have faithfully followed the steadily rising profile of the Professor of Veterinary Medicine, have practically demonstrated their impression with showers of laurels on this silent achiever. The flagship of the myriads of awards won by the Vice-Chancellor was the conferment of the prestigious National Honours Award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) on him by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on September 29, 2014.

Among the other awards conferred on Professor Ambali in apparent recognition of his consistent drive for excellence in his tour of duties are:

1)Icon of Peace Award given by the World Institute for Peace (July 31, 2017)

2)Icon of Excellence Award given by Modisult Media Concept (July 25, 2017)

3)Member of the Governing Board of the Association of African Universities (AAU) during the Association's 50th Anniversary celebration in Accra, Ghana (June 8, 2017)

4)Best Performing Vice-Chancellor Award given by the National Association of Pubic Administration Students (NAPAS) (April 3, 2017)

5)Award of Excellence given by the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students' Association (POGSASS) (March 9, 2017)

6)Award for Outstanding Achievements  given by the Muslim Media Watch Group (MMWG) of Nigeria (January 13, 2017)

7)Vice-Chancellor of the Year Award given by the Association of Northern Nigerian Students (ANNS) (October 13, 2016)

8)Chairman of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU) (October 5, 2016)

9)Man O' War Award for outstanding contributions to the Nigerian youth and education in the country (August 16, 2016).

10)Rotary Club Award for exemplary leadership (May 2, 2016)

11)Nelson Mandela Most Revered African Patriot Awar

 of Excellence given by the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) (April 20, 2016)

12)International Award for Service Excellence given by Research Nexus Africa Networks (March 22, 2016).

13)Council of Muslim Organizations (CMO) Award for Meritorious Services to Humanity (March 5, 2016)

14)Board Member, International Association of Universities (IAU)  (2016)

15)Newswatch CEO-of-the-Year (Public Sector) Award (February 21, 2016)

16)Clean and Green Award of Excellence given by the Lawns and Ground Maintenance Contractors (November 26, 2015).

17)       Most Distinguished Honorary Fellowship Award given by the National Institute  of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) (November 19, 2015)

18)IRIA Fellowship given by the Institute of Research and Innovation Africa (IRIA) in recognition of his service and contribution to the growth of tertiary education in the continent (September 14, 2015).

19)NAPSS' Patriotic Peace Ambassador for the Year 2015 awarded by the National Association of Peace Studies Students (NAPSS) (September 14, 2015)

20)Icon of Hope Award by the Northern Youth Vanguard (NYV) (June 26, 2015).

21)Academic Icon of the Year awarded by the Students' Union of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Oyo State (June 12, 2015)

22)Grand Commander of all Paramilitary Groups on the University Campus awarded by Man O' War (April 30, 2015)

23)Centenary Merit Award for Outstanding Vice-Chancellor  given by the Grassroots Leadership Centre (GLC), Abuja (March 12, 2015)

24)Ambassador of Ethics and Conscience in recognition of his sterling performance (March 11, 2015)

25)Academic Icon Award given by the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students, (November 7, 2014).

26)National Honours Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) conferred on him by former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (September 29, 2014).

27)Distinguished Service Award given by University of Manchester, UK (September 22, 2014)

28)Meritorious Award of Excellence given by the Kwara State Branch of the Video Film Producers Association of Nigeria (VFPAN) (August 21, 2014).

29)Icon of Integrity and member, Oduduwa Students' Hall of Fame given by the National Association of Oduduwa Students' (NAOS) (July 30, 2014)

30)Nigerian Youth Parliament Awards given by the Nigerian Youth Parliament (April 7, 2014)

31)Good Leadership Award given by the National Association of Nigerian Female Students (NANFS) (December 20, 2013).

32)Best Performing VC Award given by Baseline Global Ventures (December 6, 2013).

33)WASU Leadership Award given by the West African Students' Union (WASU) (November 12, 2013).

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has pledged to support the University of Ilorin Vice-Chancellor-designate, Prof.  Sulyman Age Abdulkareem,   to succeed as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University in order to sustain the laudable achievements recorded by the incumbent, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON).

The NSE President, Engr.  Otis Anyaeji, stated this penultimate Friday (September , 2017) when he led members of the National Executive Council of the Society and members of its Kwara State Executive Council on a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor in his office.

Engr. Anyaeji commended the University on the choice of Prof. Abdulkareem, a member of the Society, describing the Vice-Chancellor-designate as a man of great experience.

The NSE President expressed his delight to visit the University, saying, “It is heart-warming to finally be in this University that is famous for great minds you have produced. This is a model University; a place for the lovers of knowledge”.

Engr. Anyaeji commended Prof. Ambali for the infrastructural development he has brought to the University, saying that it is a testimony to his visionary leadership.

He thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the support that members of the Society have received, particularly at the branch level while urging him to continue to sponsor engineers in the University for conferences and workshops.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor said, “This University is God's own University. We have been blessed with dedicated Vice-Chancellors who have laid a good foundation. We are handing over to a man who will not let the University down. With your support, he will succeed”.

Prof. Ambali said that the University is blessed with great engineers, adding that the school has also produced engineers who are making waves all over the world, making their alma mater very proud.

The Vice-Chancellor assured the Society that the management would continue to give the Faculty of Engineering the necessary support, disclosing that a German company had been contacted to equip the Engineering laboratory once the government gives the go ahead. “We want the best for human capital development that is the reason we are investing heavily in education”, Prof. Ambali said.

Also on the entourage of the NSE President were the National Secretary, Engr. Sola Osadimu; the Kwara State Branch Chairman, Engr. J. S. Adebayo; the State General Secretary, Engr. (Dr.) Mrs. T. E. Odetoye, and the State Publicity Secretary, Engr. L. K. Ahmed, among others.

Joining the Vice-Chancellor to receive the NSE leaders were the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem; and the Deputy Registrar (Human Resources), Mrs. R. A. Okojie.

The Head of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr. AbdulGaniyu Kunle Akogun, has cautioned Nigerian journalists against sharp practices and unprofessional conducts that can dent the image of the noble profession.

Mr. Akogun, who is a former Editor with ThisDay Newspaper, gave the warning last weekend while fielding questions on a Radio Kwara Personality Interview Programme “Playing Host".

The veteran journalist, who raised alarm on the proliferation of quacks in the profession, stressed the need for the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to checkmate the activities of bad eggs, who give the profession a bad name.

Mr. Akogun charged Nigerian journalists not to descend to the status of “lapdogs for the powers-that-be” but “continue to play their constitutionally assigned role of societal watchdogs by beaming their searchlights on the activities of the government towards strengthening democratic governance and institutional integrity of corporate organisations”.

The University image maker described journalism as a laudable profession, commending the sterling roles played by Nigerian journalists in ensuring the country's return to democratic rule and its sustenance.

Mr. Akogun pointed out that during the military era, the journalists also played pivotal roles by ensuring the sanctity to human lives, respect for the dignity and rights of the citizens.

He also commended the role played by the media in the lofty heights and positive national limelight currently being enjoyed by the University of Ilorin.

Mr. Akogun, however, stressed the need for the Media practitioners to adhere strictly to the ethics of their profession and charged the regulatory bodies and the Union to protect the dignity of the profession.