UNILORIN to Build New Post Graduate School building and admit Less – VC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of
Ilorin, Prof.
AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has reiterated his
commitment
to building a befitting Postgraduate School
complex for the
University, saying that it was long overdue.
Prof. Ambali stated this last Wednesday
(November 18,
2015) when he received members of the
Board of the
University of Ilorin Postgraduate School, led
by the Dean,
Prof. B. L. Yusuf, who visited him in his
office.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the
foundation has to be
attractive, stable and strong enough to hold
the rest of the
Postgraduate School, which is the reason
why more
concentration has been devoted to
undergraduate
programmes over the years by the
administration in order
to preserve the quality of intakes. This, he
observed, has
made the International Association of
Universities (IAU) to
regard the University of Ilorin as a champion
of
postgraduate education in Africa. “There is no
doubt that we
are becoming more and more important not
only nationally
but at international level, so we have no
choice than to
support you to realise your dreams”, he
added.
Prof. Ambali,who also pointed out that the
issue of funds
was a major challenge, said the University
management was
working towards boosting its Internally
Generated Revenue
(IGR), harnessing the resources and
plantations on campus.
“We shall continue to operate within our
financial resources,
just be rest assured that once our earnings
increase, you will
be part of the beneficiaries”, he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, who endorsed the
Board’s request for a
bus and a tricycle to ease the operations of
the Postgraduate
School, also noted that the Supervision
Allowance is a
priority. He explained, “That is our
responsibility, because if
some people have devoted their time and
energy to
supervise students, it is only fair that we
don’t allow their
sweat to dry before we pay them.”
He also pledged that the request for an
upward review of
the revolving fund set aside for academic
operations within
the PG School would also be looked into.
In terms of admission, Prof. Ambali enjoined
the
Postgraduate School not to admit more
students than they
are able to cope with, in order not to lose our
identity,
quality and overburden our supervisors,
saying, “I think you
people have started on a good footing; you
have set your
targets and be rest assured that the
management will
support you to achieve your goals”.
Earlier in his remarks, the Dean, Postgraduate
School, Prof.
Badmus Yusuf, who congratulated the Vice-
Chancellor on
the successful hosting of the 31st
Convocation and 40th
Anniversary of the University, stressed the
need for a
befitting Postgraduate School building.
According to the Dean, the role of the
Postgraduate School
in the last 40 years of the University cannot
be
underestimated as it formed a major chapter
in the
movement of the University from glory to
glory.
Prof. Yusuf said, “Since I came on board
almost four months
ago, I have continued to maintain the
standard that we met
in the PG School, especially the continuous
implementation
of the Malete Declaration. We have continued
to make
efforts to forge ahead with the cooperation of
the Board
members and as a result, the Senate recently
approved for
us the BMAS, which will constitute the
material for the
prospectus for all higher degree students.”
The don, who called for an increment in the
revolving loan
given to the Postgraduate School to N2
million from N1
million also stated that the Postgraduate
Students’ Logbook
has been useful in tracking the progress of
the students as
well as monitoring the effectiveness of the
supervisors.
Prof. Yusuf said, “The Committee of
Postgraduate Deans in
Nigeria has always been commending the
strides of the PG
School here when they come to pay us a
visit, they are
always disappointed seeing us in the current
building, which
we occupy. When we go out, we are always
hopeful that very
soon we should be able to have a befitting
building because
of what we see even starting from the
University of Ibadan
here. This is why we want to appeal to you to
give us a
befitting new postgraduate building on a
virgin land where
we can have sufficient land mass for all that
have in mind”.
He noted that a committee set up for this
purpose headed
by Prof. Kolade Joseph had prepared a
blueprint, which
shall be forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor’s
Office, so that,
“by the time we are doing the 2016
Convocation, it will be
part of the projects that will be
commissioned.”
The Dean assured the Vice-Chancellor that
“we will continue
to do our very best; we are not going to
relent in our efforts
and we are not going to disappoint your
expectations from
the PG School.”
Other members of the Board on the visit
were the Secretary,
Postgraduate School, Mrs. F.M. Olowoleni;
Prof. Kolade
Joseph; Dr. Issa, Bello, and Dr. Ajao.
Joining the Vice-Chancellor to receive the
Board members
were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic),
Prof. N.Y.S.
Ijaiya; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi;
the University
Librarian, Dr Joseph Omoniyi, and the
Principal Assistant
Registrar, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Mr. A.
Sayuti.

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