Prof. Wahab Egbewole (SAN), the Vice-Chancellor designate of University of Ilorin, has described the late Yazid Rafindadi, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the institution as a patriotic and detribalised Nigerian.
This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Ilorin by Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the university.
Egbewole, who expressed shock over the sudden death of the pro-chancellor, said that the news of the death of Rsfindadi was confounding, confusing and totally unbelievable.
He recalled that shortly before the demise of the pro-chancellor, they had a prolonged phone chat.
“We discussed extensively on the need to organise a befitting valedictory programme in honour of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem.
“And the late pro-chancellor who announced my appointment on Sept. 8, as the vice-chancellor designate for the institution, graciously approved my proposal.
“I have had the very rare opportunity of sitting in Council with the late Chairman.
“And I wish to put on record the way he conducted proceedings depicting extreme candour, courage of conviction and always putting the institution first,” he said.
According to him, the late Yazid was a thoroughbred administrator, astute manager of human and material resources, and a firm believer in Almighty Allah.
He noted that for all the times he interacted with Rafindadi, the deceased remained focused, determined and highly committed to the assignment.
“As painful as the demise is, we are consoled that he served Allah, his creator, and he discharged the assignment as part of his divine worship (‘ibadah)”.
“May Allah be pleased with him, forgive his shortcomings and grant him Aljanah Firdaus.
May Allah comfort the family and grant them the fortitude to bear this great and irreparable loss, Amen!
” he stated.
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) says it has packaged and set Oct. 14 for the present of a book chronicling the five year-tenure of Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution.
Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs, Unilorin, on Wednesday told newsmen that as the tenure of the 10th vice chancellor of the university is gradually winding down, the Corporate Affairs has completed arrangement to present a documentary chronicling his achievements.
The book titled: “Prof. Abdulkareem: Footprints of a Giant (VC, UNILORIN 2017 – 2022)”, is authored by Akogun, with contributions from Principal Officers, Deans, Directors and other top officials of the institution.
According to him, the book, which is second in the Leadership Series in the institution, is
The Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, has congratulated Prof. Wahab Egbewole, on his appointment as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin).
This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director, University Relations, Dr Saeedat Aliyu, on Monday in Ilorin.
”Prof. Egbewole, a professor of Jurisprudence and International Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has served in many offices and contributed in many cardinal areas of University administration.
”His erudition and service known nationally and internationally makes him excellently placed to lead the administration of the institution,” Aliyu said.
She further extended the felicitations of KWASU to her sister university on the appointment of an experienced administrator as vice-chancellor.
”We hope that Prof. Egbewole’s administration will further cement the cordial and mutually beneficial relationship between the institutions,” the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Egbewole emerged as the 12th vice chancellor of Unilorin on Sept. 8, as announced by the Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Malam Abidu Yazid.
Egbewole is expected to take over from his outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, whose tenure ends on Oct. 15.
Prof. Wahab Egbewole, the Vice Chancellor-designate, University of Ilorin has pledged that his in-coming administration would be fair and just to all staffers and students.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Kunle Akogun, the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs on Sunday in Ilorin.
Egbewole said: “The University of Ilorin is greater than all of us and we want to extend our ‘hand of fellowship’ to all our colleagues who also applied for this post.
“We appeal that they should join hands with us to do this work collectively and in an all inclusive manner”.
The vice chancellor designate commended the University’s Governing Council for conducting a thorough and painstaking exercise that culminated in his appointment.
He assured the council and the university community that the appointment was for everyone and the administration would continue to put the institution first in all it does.
He, therefore, appealed to staffers and students for support, to enable him discharge the task ahead.
“Our students are our pride and we will continue to run a student-friendly regime, with emphasis on improved work ethics and zero tolerance for corruption in all its ramification.
“We give kudos to the workers of this great institution for their untiring efforts in ensuring that our system continues to run in spite of the challenges.
“We will continue to give premium to the training and re-training of the workforce, while the welfare of the workers will be given priority,” he said.
Egbewole called for more efforts at improving the quality of research, which would lead to innovation.
He implored the concerned members of staff to see the new administration as partners in progress with a view to ensuring enhanced capacity and improved delivery.
He commended the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, and prayed for a peaceful transition to move the university to the next level.
The Student Union Government (SUG) of University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has applauded the appointment of Prof. Wahab Egbewole, as the 12th Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The appointment of Egbewole, an expert in International Law and Jurisprudence, was announced on Thursday by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the university Governing Council, Malam Abidu Rafindadi Yazid.
Reacting to the development, Mr Isaac Adeleye, the General Secretary of Unilorin SUG, welcome the appointment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Friday.
NAN reports that the appointment of Egbewole followed a rigorous selection process of who succeeds the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, whose tenure ends on Oct. 15. Adeleye expressed satisfaction over the appointment, noting that the process was hitch-free and peaceful.
“The university stakeholders were able to conduct themselves in a good atmosphere because the outgoing vice-chancellor has done well in his own capacity.
“It is left for the next vice-chancellor to lead from where he has left,” he said.
The SUG general secretary however said that Unilorin students have great expectations from the incoming new V-C, adding that they expect good raport with him.
According to him, they are yearning to go back to school and are hopeful that his advent as the new vice chancellor will ensure school resumption.
Adeleye said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is a bad thing for all Nigerian students.
The students union scribe expressed optimism that the Unilorin would reclaim its glorious position of uninterrupted academic sessions.
The Management of the University of Ilorin has disclosed that the institution was set to begin the exportation of multi-purpose Shea butter very soon.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice Chancellor of the University, disclosed this on Monday at a meeting with the Kwara Coordinator of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Mrs. Lydia Adewumi.
Abdulkareem disclosed that on commencement of the exportation of the product, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the institution would greatly improve.
He revealed that the Department of Chemistry was anchoring the project, which sought to improve the quality and shelf-life of the product.
He said that the university was open to collaboration with the Raw Materials Research and Development Council to improve the value chain of agricultural products.
The V-C stated that every agricultural product should be processed to the end point.
According to him, Nigerian universities should work on ways to develop products from farm produce that cannot be preserved.
Meanwhike, Adewumi explained that the Council was an agency of the Federal Government, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
She noted that the agency was vested with the mandate to promote the development and utilisation of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials, while reiterating support for the institution in its efforts to promote development of the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the shea tree, found in East and West tropical Africa.
The shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the shea tree seed.
After the kernel is removed from the seed, it is grounded into a powder and boiled in water.
The butter then rises to the top of the water and becomes solid.
Shea butter works like an emollient, which helps soften and smoothen dry skin.
It also contains substances that can reduce skin swelling and help treat conditions associated with skin swelling such as eczema.
The Civil Society Coalition for Transparency (CSCT) has invested the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, with the “Most Outstanding Vice-Chancellor of the Year’’ award.
According to the Unilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, CSCT is a coalition of over 100 civil society groups within and outside Nigeria that believes on reputation management for a better society.
The publication read: “While presenting the award to the Vice-Chancellor in his office, the President of CSCT, Hon. Mike Femi, said that Prof. Abdulkareem’s nomination for the Millenium Development Gold Award was ratified and endorsed by all members in our last general assembly’’.
Femi commended the recipient for being a competent public officer, who had demonstrated competence by creating a conducive environment for students on campus.
The organisation noted that ‘’after due diligent and consideration of reports received, your institution emerged the best in infrastructural development and academic excellence particularly under your able leadership’’.
In his reaction, Abdulkareem while commending the group for the recognition of his services to the Unilorin.
He noted that he had benefitted immensely from working with the three former vice chancellors of the institution.
The awardee assured that he would continue to stay committed to the growth and development of the university.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has enjoined workers of the institution to continue putting their best through hard work and commitment.
Abdulkareem made the call at a send-forth get-together organised by members of staff of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Sylvia Malomo, on Wednesday in Ilorin.
Malomo has just completed her tour of duty as DVC (Academic) after two-terms in office.
The Vice-Chancellor, represented by the Registrar, Dr Fola Olowoleni, commended Malomo’s firm and painstaking commitment to her onerous task as DVC.
He said her hard work and commitment contributed in no small measure to the stability of his administration in particular and the Unilorin system in general.
“The work of DVC Academic is very enormous, as dealing with the lecturers is no mean task so also is dealing with the students.
“It takes a fair and firm administrator and a woman of timber and calibre to make a success of the task like Prof. Malomo had done,” adding that “if she is not firm, the whole system would have collapsed”.
The vice-chancellor also pointed out that the University’s Governing Council respected Malomo a lot, stressing that “her contributions are always meticulous and painstaking and they are often adopted”.
Abdulkareem commended the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for putting together the event in appreciation of their benevolent boss.
In his own tribute, Mr Hakeem Sonde, the Bursar, described Malomo as “a woman of integrity, full of wisdom and very hard working”.
He described her as very humble and always ready to take advice.
On his part, Mr Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs of the university, described the outgoing DVC as “a woman of many parts”.
He asserted that she is a renowned Bio-Chemist, a consummate administrator, a diligent problem-solver, a very affable boss and a very dutiful Igbomina wife”.
Highlights of the occasion was the presentation of gifts by the staff of the DVC’s Office and a private photographer, popularly known as ‘Everyday’, who came with a large painting of the outgoing deputy vice-chancellor.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has urged members of Old Boys Association, Government Secondary School (GSS), Ilorin, to build the right motivations among students of the institution.
Abdulkareem, represented by Prof. Musa Yakubu, the Dean of Student Affairs, of the institution gave the charge while delivering his address as the Guest Speaker during the Prize Giving Day ceremony of the school on Tuesday.
He stressed the need for them to contribute and share the values they imbibed at GSS Ilorin to restore the past glory of its usual radiating academic excellence and not to sit aloof.
According to him, the success is about struggle just as the motto of the school persistently ingrains it in the minds of its students: “Manjada Wajada” in Arabic, meaning “No Struggle, No Success”.
Abdulkareem added that true success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success.
“True success entails having a positive mental attitude, persistent struggles against difficulties, setbacks and moments in the pursuit for success,” he said.
Abdlukareem, also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors in Nigeria (CVCN), expressed gratitude to National Executives of the Old Boys Association, led by the National President, Alhaji Mohammed Adebayo, and the entire management team of the school.
“I am just one of the multitudes of great boys that our great school produced and moulded as models and enviable references.
“Any old boy present at the occasion could have been a better speaker because of the manifestations of the heritage of the academic excellence and character formation known with our school,” he said.
He appreciated the national executives of the association for initiating such event, adding that though every other school organises prize award ceremony annually, that of the school has a greater and nobler purpose.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin (Unilorin), says the establishment of the University GGMax Integrated Poultry farms will generate huge Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the institution.
Abdulkareem gave the assurance while fielding questions from newsmen on Monday on the potential of the N600 million mega poultry farms in Ilorin.
He commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other stakeholders for their cumulative efforts that culminated in the establishment of the farm.
Abdulkareem explained that the revenue would make money available for critical aspects of the university’s operations in the areas of research and physical development.
The vice-chancellor, however, appealed to the CBN to consider a downward review of the interest rate on the loan from nine to five per cent beyond February 2023 for the business to flourish.
He assured that the farm would be properly managed to achieve its target and for the university to become a model in the running of such a commercial initiative.
Abdulkareem said that the farm, which is situated on 30-hectare land, currently houses 17,000 layers, a feed mill with an installed capacity of five .
He added that there is also a semi-autonomous Broiler Processing Unit with a capacity to process 1,000 birds per day, among other facilities.
“The farm is expected to contribute to food security of Nigeria, bridging the wide gap between demand for poultry products and supply,” he said.