By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The tenure of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali as the 9th Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin will come to an end on Sunday 15th October, 2017. His successor is Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem.
Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, on Friday, on the commencement of the 33rd Convocation Ceremonies of the University, the outgoing VC, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, said, from 12 Faculties that he met in 2012 when he assumed office, the University has expanded the frontiers of learning and scholarship with an additional three faculties, bringing the number of the faculties to 15, adding that all the academic programmes of the University are fully accredited by the regulatory National Universities Commission (NUC).
Ambali said the University has embarked on scores of projects in the last five years, pointing out that a total of 69 projects have been commissioned while an additional 13 would be commissioned this year.
Reeling out further achievements, the outgoing VC said: Since 2013 till date, the University has remained the most subscribed University in the country and we have the highest rate of admission applicants in sub-Sahara Africa. It is gratifying and satisfactory that between when I started and now, professors and other staff of the University have been appointed to sensitive positions of responsibility at the national level while I too have served creditably as President of the Association of West African Universities while still being a Board Member of the Association of African Universities representing Africa.
“Academically, the University thrived with the quality and quantity of the research embarked on by our lecturers with 11 Professors delivering their inaugural lectures during the session. I want to leave the details of the graduation tables and the breakdown from faculty to faculty for Vice Chancellor during the actual convocation ceremonies but our students are excelling due to hard work on their part, the commitment of the lecturers to teaching and research and the conducive environment provided by the University
“It suffices to say that there are 89 First Class, 1,932 Second Class Upper Division and 3,727 Second Class Lower Division, 1,309 Third Class, 117 Pass and two Aegrotat graduands convoking this year. We also have 70 MB, BS graduands apart from graduands of our Veterinary Medicine and Nursing programmes. This gives a total of 9,018 graduands.
“On students accommodation, we were able to raise the number of students accommodated on the campus from the 3,000 we met to over 8,000”, he said.