Monday, 23 November 2015

Unilorin to get befitting PG School building soon

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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