By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The University of Ilorin has revealed its break through in invention of bullet-proof gadget.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, who made the disclosure, said the invention has been tested and accepted by the Nigerian Army.
Abdulkareem stated this on Friday when he briefed newsmen about activities of his administration in the last one year as well as the programmes of the 34th Convocation of the University.
The Vice Chancellor, who said due to the sensitive nature of the security gadget the University would not be able to mass produce the device, however, expressed delight that with the invention the University was already improving its impacts on the world and, particularly, its immediate environment.
He said: “We have been able to sign an MoU with the Nigerian Army on the invention and development of polymer composite for strategic and protective defence. In concrete terms, we have invented a bullet-proof gadget, which has been tested and accepted by the Nigerian Army.
“With this, we are already improving our impact on the world and on our immediate society and this is a gratifying achievement that will ultimately propel the University to the Zenith of global recognition and reputation we desired. ”
Abdulkareem who became the Vice Chancellor in October 2017 said the University had added eight more patents to the 15 the institution had before his assumption of office while more than ever before, researchers are encouraged to carry out their investigation to patent-filling stage.
He said that in its efforts at generating knowledge that can change the world, the University had proposed two innovative African Centers of Excellence with one on Advanced Electrical Power Engineering and Green Energy Research ( ARPEGER) and the other on setting up of West African Centre for Infectious Disease and Epidemiological Surveillance both of which would be funded by the World Bank.
The Vice Chancellor said that his University which has a very wide expanse of land was on the verge of signing an MoU with the Central Bank on the exploration or maximisation of the land resources for agricultural entrepreneurship.
“This MoU will allow the Central Bank to use our land for cultivating certain crops for the University, and which the Bank will readily buy back from us. This, to us, is a good initiative for solidifying our philosophy of combining academic with entrepreneurship, ” he explained.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that a total of 12, 108 students comprising 10,330 of first degree/diplomas and 1,778 of higher degrees/post graduate diplomas would be convoking on Tuesday, next week during the grand finale of the convocation programme.