( Contd. from last week )

Power Supply

Having realised the importance of steady power supply to an academic environment, Professor Ambali, on assumption of duties, set out immediately to ensure that the power supply system on campus was upgraded. His effort in that regard was crowned with success by the utilization of part of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) capacity building funds donated to the University, for the construction of an ultra modern 11KV SM6 distribution panel and supply of 5MVA 33/11KV power transformer.

This was a great achievement. However, in line with Prof. Ambali's penchant for excellence, he was not satisfied with the unsteady nature of power supply from the National Grid through the old 33KV feeder supplying the University and many other towns in Ifelodun and Irepodun Local Government Areas of Kwara State.

The Vice-Chancellor, therefore, challenged the Works Department to advise him on the way out. Towards this end, the upgrading of the old 33KV feeder was suggested. He immediately bought this idea and the old feeder was upgraded to a dedicated feeder taking source from the 330/132/33KV Transmission Station at Ganmo and servicing the University main campus only.

This involved the provision of separate gantry and panel at the 330/132/33KV Transmission Station at Ganmo and the construction/upgrading of the old 33KV lines to the University's 33KV Substation (Central Power Station), a distance of over nine kilometres. The University has since 2015 been enjoying almost 24 hours of power supply daily from the National grid.

In line with Professor Ambali's vision aimed at achieving 24 hours power supply on campus, the 11KV distribution system is currently undergoing further upgrading. This involves the supply and installation of modern 11KV SM6 distribution panel at the Central Power Station and Senior Staff Quarters, respectively.

 

Water Supply

Professor Ambali ensured that chemicals for the treatment of water at the University Water Treatment Plant are always available while giving routine maintenance of the plant priority attention.

 

Environmental Beautification

A lover of beautiful and serene environment, Professor Ambali ensured the constant availability of the needed resources for adequate maintenance of environment through well-planned hard and soft landscaping.

No wonder, one of his first assignments, on environment upgrade, on assumption of duty as Vice-Chancellor was the planting of Ashoka tree on both sides of the main road from the gate to the main roundabout, a distance of about six kilometres.

All the car parks, outside those in Blocks 1-10, the University Library, the University Clinic and the Student Village were also constructed during his tenure. Similarly, the University Central Motor Park was also upgraded.

Professor Ambali also carried out massive illumination of the campus with the erection of streetlight from the Jalala Estate junction to the Senate Building Roundabout, a distance of over five kilometres and along many other internal roads in the University.

Maintenance of grounds and lawns was also given priority attention.

 

The Sit-outs  Initiative

The importance of recreational facilities in an academic environment cannot be over-emphasised. In view of this, Professor Ambali embarked on the construction of modern sit-outs in the various Faculties, where students can sit in-between lectures and do some academic work or relax till the next lecture, instead of hanging around inconveniently. A total of eight of such sit-outs were constructed with each of them having the capacity to seat 150 persons. It is pertinent to add that some universities in the country have approached Unilorin with a view to replicating this initiative on their respective campuses. 

Upgrading of Infrastructural Facilities

During the tenure of Professor Ambali, more than 130 existing infrastructural facilities were upgraded or rehabilitated for better usage. These include the Mini-campus structures that now accommodate the Unilorin International Secondary School that was relocated from the Main campus shortly before Professor Ambali's appointment; upgrading of some structures in the Main campus to accommodate the Ilorin Business School that had just moved from its old location at Sabo-Oke; upgrading of the old structures at Sabo Oke to accommodate the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; upgrading of the Old Convocation Arena to serve as studio for the Faculty of Environmental Sciences; upgrading of Lecture Theatres, Faculty buildings and Laboratories in the Faculties of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Engineering and Technology, as well as the remodelling of the Faculty of Agriculture's main administrative building.

The University Zoo was also upgraded and stocked with more animals. Also, the stream running across the Zoo was properly channelized and several conveniences were built for the comfort of visitors.

 

No Abandoned Project

In line with the tradition and policy of the University's founding fathers, Professor Ambali ensured that all projects he initiated were completed while the ongoing ones are performing. This, no doubt is a result of good planning and effective project management policy.

 Among the ongoing projects initiated by Professor Ambali are the 4-storey Postgraduate School building, the Unilorin Radio/Television complex, several private hostels, etc.

 

New Multi-functional ID Card

In its sustained drive for excellence and untiring penchant for innovations, the administration of Professor Ambali pulled through another feat with the introduction of the multi-functional staff and student identification card in 2013. The special thing about this initiative is that it is not just the run-of-the-mill means of identification. The new better-by-far ID card is one of the products of the new wave of technological revolution blowing across the University.

The one-stop smart card, with sophisticated features, can be used for financial transactions; to gain access to key facilities on campus, in addition to serving the traditional function of identification of its holders.

The cards were produced for the University by Interswitch and it is the first of its kind by any university in the country. According to Professor Ambali, the introduction of the new smart card was part of the internationalization drive of the University.

 

Facelift for College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences experienced tremendous transformation during the tenure of Professor Ambali. The landmark achievement has boosted the College's morale and global reputation as a world – class learning environment. The following are the footprints of Professor Ambali in the 40-year old College:

(a)The Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratory

The Clinical Skills and Simulation Laboratory (CSSL) is first of its kind in the country. It is one of the academic support facilities of the College, where resources are used to assist students to reach competency in the psychomotor and effective outcomes of the different curricular presented at the College of Health Sciences. The laboratory has become a centre of attraction as several medical schools in the country have come to see it with a view to replicating it in their institutions. 

(b)Procurement of a 550KVA Sound Proof Generating Set

A high capacity 550KVA sound proof generator was purchased for the College to curb inadequate power and water supply to the students' hostels and academic environment.

(c)The Link Road

The construction of the 6.5km road linking the University Main Campus with the College of Health Sciences and the University Teaching Hospital is also one of the most significant and memorable achievements in the history of the College. This has reduced the commuting time from the College to the University main campus from one hour to just about ten minutes.

(d)Construction of the College's New Site

During the tenure of Professor Ambali, a new and permanent site for the College was constructed. The new site comprises a modern Library Complex; two Administrative Blocks; two Lecture Halls (300 seaters each); new Faculty Buildings for Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences; and new Student Hostels, among others.

 (e) Procurement of N2 million equipment for the Department of Physiotherap

( To be continued next week )

The Library and Publications Committee, University of Ilorin, has advised all editors of academic journals in the institution to submit the draft of their proposed editions to the Library and Publications Committee for necessary guidance in order to ensure that such journals do not fall short of the standards which the University is known for.

The Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Y. A. Quadri, who gave the advice penultimate Tuesday (August 29, 2017) while speaking with Unilorin Bulletin, said that this was part of the decisions taken at the Committee's meeting in the University Librarian's Committee Room.

Prof. Quadri noted that some of the decisions taken at the meeting would take effect immediately while others would come into effect later.

Other decisions taken by the Committee at the meeting included departure from the old practice of placing emphasis on quantity of publications to placing emphasis on quality of publications. This will be determined by a requirement of minimum 10 points H-index for journals in which articles meant to be considered for rating as international publications are published, and minimum of online presence for journals meant for rating in the home-based journal category and the national based journal category.

The international journals will also be required to be listed on the Scopus or Scimago journal index with a minimum of Q4 rating and published outside the shores of Nigeria. 

The Committee Chairman noted that articles published in journals, which have no online presence, regardless of where they are published, will not attract any score, while the calibre of a scholar who cites an article and the quality of the journal in which he cites an article will all have input in determining the quality of an article.

Prof. Quadri, therefore, urged all editors of journals published on campus that are yet to be uploaded to immediately submit their journals to the Library and Publications Committee in view of the ongoing promotion exercise.

In his contribution at the meeting, Prof Ahmadu Sessay of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies lamented the poor academic culture especially among young academics and urged senior academics to mentor younger scholars and make themselves accessible to the younger ones.

While underscoring the importance of the proposed changes, the representative of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. S. F. Ambali, noted that in the recent past, it is enough to have online presence to be ranked high while today, excellence is a major consideration at the moment.

He also noted that universities in Africa are disadvantaged on some ranking agencies while it can compete favourably in others

In view of all these, the Committee decided to organise series of workshops on the method and criteria of assessment of papers to be presented for publication.

...I'll do my best, VC-designate pledges

Renowned Professor of Chemical Engineering and inventor of an anti-oil spillage substance, the Unilor Oil Sorbing Wafers, Sulyman Age Abdulkareem (SAA), has been named the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin.

Prof. Abdulkareem, who is the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, is a Specialist in Heterogeneous Catalysis/Reaction Engineering.

The Chairman of the University Governing Council, Dr. Abdullah Jibril Oyekan (MFR), who announced this last Monday (August 28, 2017) after the 155th Meeting of the Council, said that the Vice-Chancellor-designate will take over from the incumbent Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON) when he steps down on October 16 this year.

Addressing journalists in the University Council Chamber, Dr Oyekan said, “At its meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017, the Council, in accordance with the University Act and the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003, considered the recommendation of the Selection Board and I am happy to announce that the Council approved the appointment of Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the 10th VC of the University of Ilorin.

Dr. Oyekan disclosed that the Council commenced the process for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor on April 14, 2017 with the vacancy announcement in two national newspapers. “The advertisement was also placed on the University website and the University weekly Bulletin”, he said.

According to the Council Chairman, “Interested applicants were given six weeks to submit their applications with a closing date of May 26, 2017. Immediately thereafter, Council met and constituted the joint Council /Senate Selection Board as well as the Search Team for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor”.

Dr. Oyekan said that the Search Team cast its net very wide with visits to several universities in the various geographical zones of the country, making contacts with several senior academic staff in the institutions who might not have applied for the position.

 “Subsequently, the Selection Board considered all the applications received and short-listed candidates based on the various parameters indicated in the advertisement”, the Council Chairman pointed out, adding that “the Selection Board later interacted with the short-listed candidates over a period of three days from Wednesday August 23 to August 25,2017”.

 Dr. Oyekan said, “At the end of the exercise, the Selection Board forwarded its recommendation to Council for further consideration”, explaining that “at its meeting on Monday, 28th August, 2017, Council, in accordance with the University Act and the provisions of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2003, considered the recommendation of the Selection Board and I am happy to announce that Council approved the appointment of  Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the 10th Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin”.

“The appointment is to take effect from 16th October, 2017”, the Council Chairman pointed out.

And in a brief chat with Unilorin Bulletin shortly after his appointment, Prof. Abdulkareem, whose area of specialization is Heterogeneous Catalysis/Reaction Engineering,  pledged to do his best to raise the banner of the Better by far University even higher.

The Vice-Chancellor-designate said, “I thank almighty Allah for the grace of being appointed. I know that everybody that entered the race was confident and competent also. But in the end only one person can emerge and I thank God I was the one”.

 

SAA at a glance

Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem (SAA) 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; and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, from September 1985 to August 1988.  He 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.

A consummate researcher and thorough-bred academic, he has a lot of inventions and has many Patents to his credit. These include:

  • Kareem, S. A., Unilor Oil Sorbing Wafers, Federal Republic of Nigeria, RP 16005 (2005);
  • Kareem, S. A. Unilor Lubricating Grease, Federal Republic of Nigeria, RP16006 (2005)
  • Kareem, S. A., Unilor Candle, Federal Republic of Nigeria RP16007 (2005)
  • Abdulkareem, S. A. and Amoloye, T. O. (2013). Catalytic Conversion of Low Density Polyethylene (Discarded Pure Water Sachet) to Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Hydrocarbon Fuels, NG/P/2010/332

Prof. Abdulkareem 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); and Director, Laboratory-To-Product Centre (September 2015 to date).

From June 2010 to June 2015, Prof. Abdulkareem was Vice-Chancellor of AlHikmah University, Ilorin. He is happily married with children.

Congratulatory messages have continued to pour in for the Vice-Chancellor-designate, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem.

Some of the earliest congratulations came from members of the Senate of the University of Ilorin, who have individually expressed their satisfaction over the selection of the renowned Professor of Chemical Engineering as the 10th Vice-Chancellor and next Chairman of Unilorin Senate.

In separate interviews with Unilorin Bulletin and in panoramic views harvested from the Unilorin Senate Whatsapp platform, members of the University's highest decision-making body were unanimous in praying for a successful tenure for the incoming Vice-Chancellor.

Prof. Razaq D. Abubakre, a former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, where Prof. Abdulkareem had also served as Vice-Chancellor, said, “His appointment is the wish of Allah; and who am I to have a take that is different from the wish of Allah? So, it cannot be except as Allah wishes, and we can only ask Allah who put him there to help him to succeed”.

Prof. Abubakre, who is a former Dean of Arts, University of Ilorin, said, “I have known him since he came to the University and I know him to be hardworking and industrious. I know that whatever experience he has gathered at Al-Hikmah University will help him to perform better here than he did at Al-Hikmah University and I wish him the best of luck.”

On his part, Prof. Abimbola Adesoye of the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education noted that “the position of vice-chancellorship is a very tough position, but God never leaves his own… so, I pray that he succeeds. He is an erudite professor, he has been with the system for a long time, he has gathered experience and I hope the experience will stand in for him at the end of the day.”

 The Director, Central Research Laboratory (CRL), Prof. (Mrs.) A. T. Oladiji, explained that the Vice-Chancellor-designate has, through the University's Laboratory to Product Centre (LABTOP), influenced the CRL positively.

Prof. Oladiji said, “I congratulate him and the entire University community. The new VC is somebody that is going to move the University forward. I have the privilege of knowing him since we joined the University of Ilorin and we work together…I know him for being a well organised person. I take this opportunity to wish him the best of luck.”

 A member of the University Council, and former Dean of Law, Prof. AbdulWahab Egbewole, described the Vice-Chancellor-designate as a “focused, determined and committed” person, who would build on what the incumbent Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali has done towards repositioning the University for greater heights.

  Several other members of the University Senate have expressed their views on the social media platform specially created for Senate members, the Unilorin Senate Whatsapp platform. Here are some of the views expressed:

Prof. Wahab B.R. Johnson: Let me add my voice to the current "avalanche" of goodwill messages, which have been hitting this forum (from members of the University Senate), since the announcement of the choice of Prof. S. A. AbdulKareem as our Vice-Chancellor-designate. May Allah (SWT) guard and guide you every step of the way in your avowed quest of taking this institution to greater heights (Amen)!!

Prof. M. O. Yusuf: I will like to offer my warmest congratulations to Prof. S. A. Abdulkareem on your appointment. Allah will strengthen you with good health, wisdom and needed human and material resources to excel as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the Better by Far University.

Prof. D. O. and Prof. (Mrs.) I. A. Durosaro: We heartily felicitate with Prof. S. A. AbdulKareem on your appointment as VC-designate. May God guide you to pilot our University to greater heights. Congrats.

Prof. M. O. Ibrahim: Congratulations to our in-coming Vice-chancellor Prof Suleiman AbdulKareem. May Almighty Allah guide you and give you wisdom to pilot the University.

Prof. Ayo Ojuawo: Congratulations to our newly appointed Vice-Chancellor, Prof. S. A. Abdulkareem. God will grant you wisdom and all that is required to move the University forward.

Prof. A. Agunu: This is to thank the Almighty God for successfully granting the University a man of many positive records as the incoming Vice-Chancellor and all the positive records that are very valuable with the Prof Ambali administration. Alhamdulilah  Alhamdulilah Alhamdulilah.

Prof. Ijaiya, DVC: I lend my voice with Ameena ya Allah to all the prayers earlier offered on this platform and more to come for your successful tenure as Vice-Chancellor of this great University. May Allah SWT grant those prayers.

Prof. M. M. Akanbi: This is to congratulate our newly appointed Vice- Chancellor, Prof.  S. A. Abdulkareem. May God grant you His wisdom from above to pilot the affairs of this great University.

Prof. Olawepo: I add my voice to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor-designate Prof Abdulkareem S. A. May God guide your ways.

Prof. Idowu: I congratulate Prof. S. A. Abdulkareem on his appointment as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of this great University. The appointment is well deserved and I have every confidence in his ability to deliver. My prayer is that God will grant you the needed wisdom, health and strength to discharge the duties creditably. E ku orire o.

Prof. J. O. Atteh: Congratulations to Prof. Abdulkareem on your appointment as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin. All the best as you direct the affairs of our better by far University.

Prof. T. M. Akande: Congratulations to Prof. S.A. Abdulkareem on your appointment as the incoming Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin. Wishing you a successful tenure.

Prof. Owoeye: This is to wish the new Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. S. A. Abdulkareem, a beautiful outing in his quest to take the University to a new level. May the Lord order your steps in this onerous task. Congratulations, sir.

Prof. Opoola: Big congratulations to Prof. S. A. AbdulKareem on his appointment as the incoming Vice-Chancellor of our great University of Ilorin. Congratulations.

Prof. Mahmoud: Congratulations and welcome to our incoming Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the Senate.

Prof. A. A. Adegoke: I wish to congratulate Prof. S. A. Abdulkareem on his appointment as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of this great University. May the Lord God Almighty grant him the grace and wisdom to lead this University to new heights.

In his inaugural speech after he formally assumed office as the 9th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin on October 15, 2015, entitled “Another Dawn”, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, noted among other things, that the philosophy of his Administration would be anchored on “Sustainable (human and material resources) Development”.

Consequently, in his well-acclaimed first address to the University Senate on October 30, 2012, which he tellingly called “For Sustainable Development”, he espoused the philosophy of his Administration. “This Administration is for sustainable (human and material) development such that the mandate of the University, viz, teaching, research and community service, will be further strengthened. It is our guiding principle to stimulate the two major resources available, the human and material, and synergize them for institutional excellence. We all know that without sustainability, development itself is ultimately counterfeit and counter-productive. We shall sustain and maintain what is on ground and build afresh on the current level of progress as a way of raising the University higher,” he said.

In furtherance of the agenda of stimulating institutional excellence, the University under Vice-Chancellor Ambali set to work and using one criterion as a case study here, it soon became the first: the first choice of admission applicants. In other words, while the University has maintained a steady progression in the list of the most  admired universities by parents and candidates over the years, it became the second most preferred University in 2013, a year after Prof. Ambali assumed office. Since 2014 till date, or four consecutive years, the University of Ilorin has remained the most admired University or number one choice of admission applicants in West Africa.

Today, the University occupies the Presidency of the Association of West Africa Universities (AWAU). Besides, the University, through its Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, is also the only institution in West Africa that is represented in the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), an affiliate of the United Nations (UN), just as it hosts the Secretariat of the Africa Peace Research and Education Association (AFPREA). These are incontrovertible indicators of the heights the University has attained not only in Africa but also in the world as a citadel of academic excellence, sustainable peace, institutional stability and development during the tenure of the amiable Ambali.

Meanwhile, in critically dissecting the Ambali years, one can identify five major areas of impact with a focus on his administrative philosophy of sustainable development. These are sustainable human development, sustainable infrastructural development, sustainable academic development, sustainable environmental development and sustainable institutional partnerships. While digging one's teeth into the  nitty-gritty of these dimensions of impact is beyond the scope of this essay, glossing over them is still not presumptuous.

As far as human development is concerned, this Administration will be remembered for investing heavily in staff and student training. A large number of both teaching and non-teaching staff were given opportunities for self-development through sponsorship for higher degrees, and to seminars and workshops while students were equally given student exchange opportunities that allowed some of them to learn in other African universities. The various training programmes organised by the redoubtable Registrar, Mr Emmanuel D. Obafemi, the Centre for Research Development and In-house Training (CREDIT), the annual Capacity Building Retreats of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies and others all fall within this rubric. Staff and students of the University have therefore become highly competitive with both categories winning competitive fellowships, debates, research grants and sponsorships nationally and internationally.

Infrastructurally, it is part of Ambali's success that the University of Ilorin was turned to a huge construction site where different projects are going on simultaneously. The ultra-modern NLNG Engineering Research Laboratory, the Researcher's Lodge, the ongoing Postgraduate School complex and many others like hostels that have been documented by Mr. Kunle Akogun are landmark legacies that will continue to outlive the current Administration.

At the level of sustainable academic development, this Administration hasadded more to the academic programmes of the University such that the University is a one-stop shop for quality training in diverse areas of human endeavour.  That the University boasts of fifteen Faculties today from the twelve he inherited from his illustrious predecessor is a further attestation to the academic legacy of Prof. Ambali. While the institutional accreditation of the University remains primus inter pares, virtually all the programmes of the University are fully accredited. 

Meanwhile, the University has recorded major gains at the level of sustainable environmental development such that its beauty is always a sight to behold. Apart from other physical landmarks that add to the aesthetic quality of the University as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, the Ambali administration was able to attract the date palms plantation intended to cover some 1,000 hectares to the University.

Finally, the University has been able to forge sustainable partnerships with additional institutions and bodies. With sustained membership of the Boards of the Association of African Universities (AAU), the International Association of Universities (IAU) and more  partnerships with scores of world universities, the University has developed robust linkage and collaborative systems such that it magnetises easily international students and staff to its serene academic environment.

As no success is sustainable without a successful successor, the pick of the pack of the Vice-Chancellor's success is the quality of his successor, Prof. Sulyman A. Abdulkareem, a former Vice-Chancellor, cerebral scholar, well-garlanded researcher, thorough-bred academic and versatile administrator. Without doubt, it is Prof. Ambali's success that the better by far legacy continues to be better by far with Prof. Abdulkareem's succession!

The Alma Mater congratulates the Vice-Chancellor-designate and wishes him an awesome tenure.

... as new Student Leaders take oath of office

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has described the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, as a man of vast and great experience capable of leading the University of Ilorin to greater heights.

Prof. Ambali, who stated this last Thursday (August 31, 2017) during the swearing-in ceremony of the Students' Union officers for the 2017/2018 academic session, urged the student leaders to cooperate with the new Vice-Chancellor when he assumes office on October 16.

The new Students' Union officers, comprising members of the Central Executive Council and the Representatives, were elected through e-voting early last month.

The Vice-Chancellor tasked members of the new Students' Union Executive Council, led by Adebisi Ridwan Abimbola, to give the in-coming Vice-Chancellor all the necessary supports to succeed and take the University to greater heights.

Other members of the Students'  Union  Executive  Council who were sworn-in by the University's Director   of   Legal  Services, Mr. Dare  Akanbi,   were   Miss   Temitayo   Aremu (Vice-President, Permanent Site); Miss Damola Jimoh,  Vice-President   (College   of   Health   Sciences);  Mr. Adekunle AbdulRasaq Sulaimon, General Secretary; Modupe Ibarahim, Assistant Secretary; Hakeem Okanlawon, Financial Secretary; Bidemi Oyewunmi, the Public Relations Officer; Ibrahim Asukuti, Welfare Secretary (Permanent Site);  Obashola Muritala, Welfare Secretary (COHS); Joshua Abolarin, Social Secretary; and Adewale Bashir Bello, Sports Secretary.

Assuring the student leaders of the University management's support at all times, Prof. Ambali said that the responsibility given them is a test case to develop their capacity in human management.

He then admonished them to ensure that they carry all the students along in their decision-making process.

Prof. Ambali congratulated the newly sworn-in officers, charging them not to allow emotions and crave for popularity to becloud their sense of judgment.

“I want to enjoin you that your attitude to leadership should be that which would further stabilise the system, not destabilise it”, the Vice-Chancellor counseled, urging them to commit themselves to excellence “and you will find out that the next one year will be the most momentous  in  your   lives”.

Charging the new student leaders to emulate their predecessors, Prof. Ambali pointed out that the success recorded by the past Students' Union administration was the result of collective responsibility.

Earlier in his remarks, the   Dean   of   Student Affairs, Prof.  A.   E.  Talabi,   commended   the immediate past administration of the Students' Union, led by Lukman Shobowale and tasked the new student leaders to emulate their predecessors so as to fly the flag of the Students 'Union higher.

Prof. Talabi challenged them to beat the impressive record of the past Students' Union Executives and stand on their shoulder to succeed.

In his inaugural speech, the new Students' Union President, Mr. Ridwan Abimbola Adebisi, said, “The election has come and gone, and now is the time to deliver on our campaign promises of a progressive student-centric government to sterilize the scope of our activism within and around the four walls of our university.”

He further said, “However, if we are going to make this possible, we need the efforts and support of everybody in this institution; students, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and traders alike.”

With the Chancellor at the swearing-in ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem; the   Registrar,   Mr.   Emmanuel   Dada   Obafemi,   and   the   University   Librarian,   Dr.   Joseph Omoniyi.

The various workers’ union leaders in the University of Ilorin have lauded the appointment of Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the institution's new Vice-Chancellor, describing it as  well-deserved.

Speaking in separate interviews with Unilorin Bulletin last Tuesday (August 29, 2017), leaders of the unions – the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) - commended the decision of the University's Governing Council and pledged their support for the Vice-Chancellor-designate.

The Chairman of Unilorin ASUU, Dr Usman Adebimpe Raheem, said, “We give glory to God for a successful process. We also congratulate the Chairman of Council, Dr Jubril Oyekan for a job well done. The selection is, to the best of our opinion, a well deserved one and there are lots of hopes and expectations from the Vice-Chancellor-designate. And we continue to pray God to be with him and lead him. We have no objection as academic staff to the selection of our member and he has a track record of being a consistently disciplined person, and we will expect that he brings this to bear on the administration of the University.”

In the same vein, the SSANU Chairman, Mr Mohammed Jimoh Akanbi, described Prof. Abdulkareem’s selection as a “welcomed development.” He said, “We thank God for the smooth transition; there is no chaos, no problem and we pray for him for a successful tenure. As I know him, he is very humble and intelligent and I believe that he is going to pilot the affairs of the University for the next five years.”

On his part, the NAAT Chairman, Mr. Awolola Olufemi Paul, said, “The announcement came to us as a very joyful news. We are happy for him being chosen as a Vice-Chancellor; his track record is also excellent.  As technologists, we are very happy and we align with him because we know that with him we can move forward and we know he is capable of moving the University forward. And as a Union, we know we are going to give him the full support to be able to carry out his activities to the fullest and we will always pray for him that he will be able to take this University to greater heights from what he is taking over from the present Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali. So, I can assure you and assure the University community that my own Union is going to give him the full support that he needs to carry out his activities on this campus.”

The Chairman of NASU, Comrade Zubairu H. Ibrahim, also said, “We are happy as it was announced and we pray that God should give him the optimum wisdom to direct the affairs of this University. While praying for him, we urge him to take the welfare of staff as one of his cardinal priorities so that we can jointly move the University to a greater height.”