Unilorin professor discovers anti-cancer, anti-TB drugs, seeks commercialisation



Prof. Joshua Obaleye of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ilorin,  says his team has discovered anti-malaria, anti-cancer and anti-tuberculosis drugs that can be mass-produced to save lives.

Obaleye told newsmen in Ilorin  that the team which he heads had tested numerous world-class metal compounds from his laboratory for the treatment of various diseases.

According to him, studies show that when a metal is attached with a pharmaceutical, it increases the efficacy of the drug.

The  don, who is also the President, America Chemical Society, Nigeria Chapter, and Chairman, Nigeria Chemical Society, Kwara State Chapter, said that he lacked funding t0 commercialise the drugs.

According to the professor, he has also produced anti-inflammatory drugs and vitamins.

“We need to commercialise all these drugs and invite the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and other regulatory bodies to come over to examine what we have produced to confirm if what we say we have is what we have.

“When they investigate us and find out what we say is authentic, maybe they will be happy to help us.

“We have produced metal anti-tuberculosis, metal anti-malaria, metal antibiotics  and many more. We have produced a lot of them in this lab,” Obaleye said.

“Most of these drugs we have produced in our lab have other applications; even structural studies of them is enough. We can even use them as raw materials for other drugs,” he added.

Obaleye  called for effective collaboration among researchers in

the same discipline as well as interdisciplinary collaboration in order to come out with

world-class discoveries.

He said that collaboration had given him great opportunities to come up with groundbreaking researches.

“We are making a lot of achievements, we have many collaborators from India, we have collaborators in Malaysia, Japan and so many other countries.

“We work with people we know are experts in those areas; if you don’t collaborate, you just be a local champion without any progress,” he said.

He called for government funding  to facilitate  commercialisation of the drugs.


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Unilorin mourns pioneer VC, Akinkugbe



The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has described the death of the institution’s pioneer vice-chancellor, Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe, as a great loss to the nation’s academic community.

In a condolence message issued on his behalf on Tuesday by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, the vice-chancellor said the late emeritus professor of Medicine died on Monday at the age of 86 years in Ibadan.

The vice-chancellor said the deceased, who superintended over the University of Ilorin between 1977 and 1978, laid a solid foundation for the institution on which other vice-chancellors after him built.

“The late Prof. Akinkugbe was an administrator that envisioned what others could not see many years ago,” he said.

He pointed out that “the late pioneer Vice-Chancellor of our University was one of the most accomplished administrators that Nigeria has ever produced.”

“Definitely, the pre-eminent status of our university today could be rightly traced to the great foundational works done by the late Prof. Akinkugbe,” the vice chancellor said.

He said that the late Akinkugbe left a great mark in the nation’s university system where he spent most of his career life.

Abdulkareem also described Akinkugbe as  a medical colossus, a consummate academic, a consistent advocate of better healthcare delivery system in the country, a mentor par excellence and a role model of no mean stature.

He said that the alluring status the university had attained was a clear manifestation of his successes.

Abdulkareem added that the tireless and selfless pioneering efforts of the deceased ,which included securing a very serene environment and comfortably large expanse of land for the limitless growth of the university, was a clear testimony to his foresight.

He expressed his heartfelt condolences to members of the Akinkugbe family, saying that the death of a patriarch of the deceased’s status could be devastating.

The vice-chancellor, however, urged them to take solace in the fact that the erudite scholar lived a fulfilled life of service to God and humanity.

He prayed God to grant Akinkugbe’s soul peaceful repose as well as grant the family he left behind and the nation’s academic community the fortitude to bear the great loss.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
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Kwara Govt pledges to assist Unilorin on research breakthrough



Mr Rafiu Ajakaiye, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, made the pledge on Monday in Ilorin while fielding questions from newsmen at the university.

Ajakaiye said that the state government would continue to partner with Unilorin in order to sustain the existing cordial relationship between the two institutions.

He pointed out that the government was also concerned about the development of the of the university.

According to him, the government recently awarded the mass production of hand sanitiser for the state to the university to demonstrate its support.

He observed that this development could boost the internally generated revenue of the institution.

Ajakaye reiterated the resolve of the state government to focus on the educational sector and working towards ensuring the training and retraining of primary and secondary school teachers in the state on the use of computer-based tests.

The spokesman said that they would in turn impact such knowledge on their students.

He said that the government is working on making funding available for the procurement of necessary teaching equipment for tertiary institutions in the state.

The CPS also disclosed that the government is working on the modalities for establishing a branch of Radio Kwara FM radio station in Baruten Local Government area of the state.

According to him, such step will ensure government is closer to the people at the grassroots through proper dissemination of adequate and up to date information about government activities.

He noted that the inhabitants of the area can also leverage on the opportunity to air their views and opinions about government policies and programmes.

Ajakaye said the state governor has ensured women are represented in his administration with their large number in the state Executive Council, adding that this is in accordance and compliance with the SDGs of giving women more opportunity and sense of responsibility in governance.

“When you consider the voting pattern of the country, it is clear that women also constituted the larger percentage of voters; so it is not out of place to compensate their voting performance by appointing them into political offices once they possess the necessary qualifications,” he said.

Ajakaiye stressed that governor AbdulRazaq’s cabinet includes some of the youngest in the country, with majority of the appointees in their late thirties and early forties.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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COVID-19: Unilorin mosques remain close – Chief Imam



He explained that time was not ripe yet for the reopening of the worship centres of the Muslim community in the university.

The development was in reaction to the Federal Government’s directive on the gradual reopening of places of worship in the country.

AbdusSalam, who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, said that the position came “after consultations with relevant stakeholders in the community on June 3, 2020”.

The Chief Imam said: “On 12 Shawwal 1441AH (3/6/2020), I held a wide consultation with critical Muslim stakeholders, including members of Majlisul ‘Ulamaau, Unilorin Muslim Community (UMC), and the University authority on the recent pronouncement of gradual re-opening of worship centres nationwide.

“The contributions have enabled us to feel the pulse of stakeholders on the practical appraisal of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in our University environment viz-a-viz our religious obligations.

“The coast is not yet clear enough to reopen our Mosques as an enlightened and academic community,” he said.

AbdusSalam lamented the daily increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the state.

He reiterated that the Kwara State Government COVID-19 Response Committee has advised that it would be safer to keep the worship centres closed for now in the interest of individual worshippers and larger public health and safety.

He said that: “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) is still appraising the Federal Government’s release and yet to make categorical statement and guidelines for implementation.”

He however said that the Unilorin stakeholders also believed that there was the need to exercise caution and not to be careless with the lives of worshippers.

“Safety and sanitary materials should be provided before reopening of Masaajid (Mosques), and provision for regular fumigation after salaat must be made,” he added.

The Chief Imam, who however, reiterated that all Mosques on the campus should therefore remain closed until further notice, advised all Imams on campus to join in the enforcement.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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Unilorin VC congratulates AbdulRazaq on 1-yr in office



Abdulkareem congratulated the governor in a statement by Mr Kunle Akogun, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, on Monday in Ilorin.

The vice-chancellor described the last one year in Kwara as peaceful, progressive and eventful under the leadership of AbdulRazaq.

He expressed satisfaction with the performance of the governor, saying that AbdulRazaq has proved to be “great worker and exceptional leader”, who worked round the clock to ensure development of the state.

”The governor has left no one in doubt that he is in office to work toward moving the state to greater heights,” the vice chancellor said.

He noted that the achievements of the governor over the last one year are very stimulating, inspiring and encouraging.

Abdulkareem expressed the appreciation of Unilorin to the governor for sustaining existing cordial relationship between the institution and the state government.

He also noted that AbdulRazaq was steadily paving new ways of cementing the relationship toward promoting mutual benefits among the two entities.

“I am happy that this hard-working governor has proved to be a good friend of our university.

“He has done so many things that made me to conclude that he is our friend in words and in deed,” the vice-chancellor said.

Abdulkareem commended AbdulRazaq for ensuring the fumigation of the university as a way of halting the spread of Coronavirus to the campus.

He also appreciated the governor for extending palliatives to junior workers of the institution to cushion the effects of socio-economic pains occasioned by Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The vice-chancellor recalled that the recent fumigation of the campus by the state government was to save students, staff and visitors from being infected by the dreaded virus..

He added that the governor also attended the 195th inaugural lecture of the institution and appointed several alumni as Commissioners and Members of the State Executive Council among holders of many other sensitive offices.

Th vice-chancellor assured the governor of the ceaseless support of the university in his effort to transform the state.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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