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Okediran seeks unity among health workers …as Unilorin inducts 103 fresh medical doctors This Week

VERSATILE:Dr Okediran, delivering his lecture

Cuba to partner Unilorin on dairy products Ambali wants computer centres to replace TV viewing centres Boko Haram group is haram -Akintola A Review of Adebayo Lawal’s Music of the Muezzin Be kind to your students, VC urges lecturers Unilorin Weekly Financial Digest

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renowned medical practitioner, politician and prolific writer, Dr. Wale Okediran, has enjoined health workers in the country to put behind them the nagging issue of leadership of the health sector and work as a team to move the nation's healthcare delivery forward.

Dr. Okediran gave the advice last Thursday (June 12, 2014), at the 30th professional initiation and admission ceremony for the 2014 medical graduands of the University of Ilorin, where 103 new doctors were (Contd. on page 3) inducted.

With Carnegie Fellowship grant, Unilorin set to boost Nollywood By Olusegun Mokuolu

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fforts are on-going to groom students of the Departments of English and the Performing Arts of the University of Ilorin in a bid to help boost the fortunes of the Nollywood film industry in the country. This will be done through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme grant recently won by the two Departments. A Fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship programme from Ohio State University, Colombus, USA, Prof. (Mrs.) Anthonia C. Kalu, disclosed this last Thursday (June 12, 2014), when she visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.AbdulGaniyuAmbali. Prof. Kalu said, “Nigeria's growing dominance in the performance arts through Nollywood suggests that the University of Ilorin should begin to participate more fully and consistently in the training of writers and artists who will participate in strengthening cross-cultural discussion that will enable and support national development”. (Contd. on page 4 )

EXCITED: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali (left) with Prof. (Mrs.) Kalu during the visit last Thursday


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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali (left), welcoming Dr. Aramis Matinez of the Cuban Embassy to his office during the envoy's visit to the University last Thursday

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali (middle), welcoming the Director of Kwara State Command of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Tanimu Alkali Adalkhali, to the University while (from left) the DVC (RTI), Prof. Felix Oladele, the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi and the DVC (MS), Prof. Yisa Fakunle, watch

L-R: The ViceChancellor, Prof. Ambali; the Fellow of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme, Prof. (Mrs.) Anthonia Kalu; the Director, Centre for International Education, Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu, and Dr. AbdulJeleel Ojuade, during Prof. Kalu’s visit to the University last Thursday

Some dignitaries and the newly inducted medical doctors last Thursday

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali (left), welcoming the Chairman, Ilorin Emirate Forum (IEF) , Engr. Alabi Oba Asaju, to his office during a visit by members of the IEF Executive Committee to the University last Wednesday

The Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. A. B. O. Omotoso, addressing the new medical doctors at their induction last Thursday

L-R: Prof. and Mrs. A.G.A.S. Oladosu and Prof. and Prof. Mrs. Balogun, at the induction ceremony for the new medical doctors last Thursday

The Chairman of the Ilorin Emirate Forum, Engr. Asaju (left), making his remarks during the visit while other members of the IEF Executive Committee listen

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2 Unilorin medical graduates bag distinction (Contd. from front page) The Guest Speaker, who is also a former member of the House of Representatives, decried the in-fighting, which has pitted medical doctors against other members of the health sector such as Pharmacists, Nurses, Laboratory Technologists, Radiologists and other members of the health profession. In the lecture, entitled “Serving Three Masters: The Interplay between Medicine, Literature and Politics”, Dr. Okediran said, “the health profession is a team work, and it therefore behoves on you (the newly qualified medical doctors) not to look down on any other health professional but to see them as your colleagues from whom you can learn a lot.” The Guest Lecturer, who is a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors, tasked the new medical doctors to work for their patients and not for their pockets, stressing the need for them to immerse themselves in their books. In his goodwill message, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, congratulated the new medical doctors, saying that they have been educated in a health institution designated as world-class by the World Health Organisation (WHO). He also commended the members of staff of the College of Health Sciences for raising quality doctors. In the message delivered by the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Professor Ayodele Babatunde Omotoso, the Vice-Chancellor said that the administration would continue to invest in the College of Health Sciences. In his own address, the Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Omotoso, told the graduands, “Your teachers have worked tirelessly instilling in you the invaluable training that we now celebrate”, adding that "the 21st century doctor has to tackle health problems that are both individual and universal.”

Prof. Omotoso, announced that out of the 103 new medical doctors, two graduated with distinction, a feat that is uncommon in the history of the College. He noted that the newly inducted medical doctors had passed through rigorous training both in theory and practicals which made them the symbols of medical excellence. The Provost advocated strong laws on health care by government at all levels, pointing out that the health of a nation determines its wealth and urged government to let the budgetary allocation to health sector reflect a high priority. Prof. Omotoso tasked the government to ensure that the budgetary allocation to health reflects a high priority on the health of the populace. He also submitted that many viable health programmes that have been designed by government should be well documented with a practicable implementation strategy in order to benefit the society. The Registrar of the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council, Dr Abdulmumeen Ibrahim, represented by Dr. Victor Gbenro, who described the induction as the best ever he had ever attended, urged the new doctors to acquaint themselves with the code of ethics of the profession, and abide by its provisions, warning that it is illegal and criminal to practise without a license. Represented by Dr. Victor Gbenro, the Registrar urged the medical graduands to represent the country well and be good ambassadors of their school, stressing the need for them to respect their teachers and elders of the profession as medicine requires continuous learning. The Registrar’s representative thereafter administered the Hippocratic Oath on the 103 medical graduands, who he enjoined to always obey the code of practice and to pay their dues as at when due.

Cuba to partner Unilorin on dairy products By Olusegun Mokuolu

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he government of Cuba has expressed readiness to collaborate with the University of Ilorin in the area of dairy farming. The Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Hugo Rene Ramos Milanes, disclosed this last Thursday (June 12, 2014), when he visited the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyuAmbali, in his office. The Ambassador, who was represented by the Principal Technical Director in the Embassy, Dr. Arauis Martinez, said that the door of the Embassy is always open to the University, explaining that he was in the University to identify areas of partnership. A member of the Cuban Embassy delegation, Dr. John Tor-Agbidye, who represents a veterinary pharmaceutical development company, explained that Cuba as a country has greatly changed and

transformed, noting that the country would be interested in Faculty-to-Faculty relationship. He disclosed further that Cuba is the world leading nation in dairy products. Welcoming the visitors, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, thanked them for considering the University of Ilorin worthy of the Cuban partnership. “We have the relevant experts and we will be glad to partner with you”, he said, adding that the University plans to translate its 10,000 unoccupied hectares of land into investment, “and we are ready to finance such venture”. The team from Cuba later held an exploratory meeting with staff of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Centre for International Education and the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training.


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The Carnegie Fellow submitted that participants would enhance the University's mission and vision to train and produce the best of the nation's future leaders. “We want to create a strong link between the Departments of English and Performing Arts”, Kalu disclosed. She explained that her job would entail initiating and leading activities in several formats, such as the formation of reading groups that would examine and discuss works on prevailing theories and applications in African literature and the performing arts. Prof. Kalu added that she would also be leading workshops on critical writing, faculty and student mentoring, and on how to establish and maintain viable research programmes, explaining that all activities would focus on Nigerian literature, performing arts, and its practice in the region. She said that the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship programme is aimed, among other things, at reversing brain drain. “It is a chance to bring Africa back to its feet”, she said. In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, expressed his joy to see the fruit of his internationalisation drive as he congratulated the Departments of the Performing Arts and English for winning the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship programme grant. “I have a mission here to contribute

greatly to the system and to sell the University by making it visible on the world stage,” he said. Prof. Ambali assured the Fellow that the University would provide all necessary support to ensure the success of the programme. He thanked the Research Fellow for working towards ensuring that the programme translates to practical applications where students could contribute greatly to the Nollywood industry. The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University of Ilorin students who were among students undergoing internship programme at the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) came out on top of their set and have been offered permanent employment to underscore the University's commitment to quality practical knowledge. He also assured the Fellow that the University would maximally use the opportunity. While introducing the Carnegie Fellow earlier, the Director, Centre for International Education (CIE), Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu, informed the ViceChancellor that Prof. Kalu was previously in the University to facilitate curriculum development and the establishment of the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Study. He said in addition that the University had leveraged on her social capital to secure the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship programme grant.

Ambali wants computer centres to replace TV viewing centres By Olusegun Mokuolu

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he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has canvassed the conversion of the football viewing centres across the country to computer skill acquisition centres. Prof. Ambali, who made this suggestion last Wednesday (June 11, 2014), when he received the members of the Executive Committee of the Ilorin Emirate Forum (IEF) in his office, said in today's world, the youths need to be well grounded in the use of the computer to be relevant in the scheme of things.. Pointing out that computer literacy is key to securing admission into tertiary institutions, the ViceChancellor called on the Education Committee of the IEF to use ensure that computer literacy is achieved at all lower levels of education. Prof. Ambali thanked the Forum for its objective assessment of the numerous achievements of the University of Ilorin, adding that IEF is a source of encouragement to the institution. The Chairman of the Ilorin Emirate Forum, Engr. Alabi Oba Asaju, said the Executive Committee members were in the University to register their

appreciation for the giant strides being recorded by the institution. He extolled the University for maintaining high standard in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, while noting that the University is reputed for excellence in research, training and community development. Engr. Asaju commended the University for being the first institution to introduce Computer Based Test (CBT), and for its paperless system, coupled with its employment drive. “We appreciate your palm tree plantation and celebrate your achievements. We want to encourage you to improve on your successes,” the Chairman said. Members of the Ilorin Emirate Forum that accompanied the Chairman to the Vice-Chancellor's Office included Alhaji Abdul Quadri O. Yahaya, General Secretary; Alhaji Saadu A. Balogun, ViceChairman; Alhaji Zulu A. Sulaiman and Alhaja Silifat Issa. Others were Dr. M. S. Ajao, IEF Unilorin Chapter Vice-President; and Dr. Baba A. Alafara, IEF, Unilorin Chapter Secretary.


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Boko Haram group is haram -Akintola By Mustafa Abubakar

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Professor of Islamic Studies and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos, Ishaq Lakin Akintola, has described the Boko Haram insurgency as haram, a forbidden organisation, which must be condemned by all men of good will. Prof. Akintola made the observation penultimate Sunday (June 8, 2014) at the University of Ilorin Muslim Community's 7th Quarterly Lecture and Mosque Projects Appeal Fund held at the School of the Preliminary Studies, Fufu. The insurgent group, based mainly in the Northeastern part of the country, is currently up in arms against the government, claiming to be fighting against Western education in the country. Speaking on the topic, “Muslims, where are you going?”, the LASU don, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, explained that the ideals being enunciated by Boko Haram are antithetical to the teachings and practice of Islam, which not only encourages the pursuit of knowledge but also preaches peaceful co-existence of all beings. According to Prof. Akintola, the verses of the Quran 96: 1-5 serve as a commandment enjoining Muslims to go in search of education. He however lamented that “Some people will now come from nowhere and say education is haram. And that is why I say Boko Haram is haram and it's unfortunate that our detractors continue to see Boko-Haram as the face of Islam. No, every Muslim leader that matters in this country has spoken out against Boko-Haram.” The don pointed out, “The Prophet said if you have female children and you train them without treating them as inferior to the male children, you and him (the Prophet) would stand side-by-side on the Day of Judgment and enter paradise together and somebody will stand up somewhere and say No, the girl-child should not be educated. BokoHaram is Haram.” Prof. Akintola, who is also the Director of Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), attributed the current religious, economic, ethnic and political crises plaguing the country to the neglect of Islamic education for the children, especially the girl-child as well as inadequate information management and control. The Guest Lecturer, who called on Muslims in the country to get their priorities right, decried a situation whereby some well-to-do individuals take delight in going on Umrah (lesser hajj) every year whereas the mosques in their neighbourhoods are dilapidated while their Imams and Islamic Schools teachers are left to wallow in penury. Calling on Muslims to “reform” and “revolutionise through peaceful approach”, Prof. Akintola said anybody who is willing to go on Umrah more than once in a lifetime

should be surcharged and the money realised therefrom spent on mosque developments, payment of Imams, Islamic School staff, and social welfare facilities for orphans and the needy. Prof. Akintola, who also condemned the misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in many media reports in the country, enjoined wealthy Muslims to establish viable newspapers and electronic media if they are really serious about correcting the negative way the religion is currently being portrayed. The don commended the University of Ilorin Muslim Community for the efforts it put into organising the Lecture. Earlier in his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Yisa Fakunle, thanked members of the Muslim community for their effort and pledged the University management's continuous support to the Community. In his welcome address, the Chairman of the University of Ilorin Muslim Community, Prof. B. L. Adeleke, who said that the choice of Fufu for the event was to identify with fellow Muslim brothers and sisters among staff and students at the Fufu campus, added that money realised from the fund raising would be used to complete the School of Preliminary Studies Mosque project and also to renovate the existing University Mosques. The chairman said, “We are here to identify with the people of this campus and to demonstrate our hundred percent support to them.” Among dignitaries who attended the event were the Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede; the Director, Centre for Ilorin Studies and Chief Imam of the University of Ilorin, Prof. A.G.A.S. Oladosu; the Director of the School of Preliminary Studies, Prof. O. E. Abdullah; the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. S. F. Ambali, and the Research Manager, Humanities Cluster, Univeristy of Ilorin, Prof. Y. O Imam. Also present were the former Director of the Institute of Education (IOE), University of Ilorin, Prof. (Mrs.) N.Y.S. Ijaiya; a former Head of the Department of Religions, University of Ilorin, Prof. Yusuf Lanre Badmas; Alhaji Aliyu Badmnus; Deputy Registrar, Council Office, Mrs. M.A. Oladosu ; Head of Department Educational Technology Prof. M.O. Yusuf; the Daudu and Baale of Fufu, as well as students and staff members of the University of Ilorin Muslim Community.


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Sense and Sound for the Season: A Review of Adebayo Lawal’s Music of the Muezzin By Mahfouz A. Adedimeji (Contd. from last week) However, the first two parts are not about Islam and faith alone. There is a striking poem, “Lines for a don”, dedicated to his teacher, Prof. David William, with which the poet decries the decline in the academics, which is of interest to every lecturer or don. In his usual inter-lock of sense with sound, a major stylistic feature of the collection, our poet takes a swipe at academic shoddiness and intellectual laziness, a cankerworm that seems to have seeped, or sneaked like a thief in the night, into our ivory towers. The sense is compelling in describing various types of dons in lovely lines and repetitive sonority before upholding the standard as symbolised by the teacher: There are dunces And there are dons. Dons by distinction, Dons by connection Dons by compassion Dons by constipation. The mafia don, Done by cruel connection, Is the Don Juan Thriving on a code of terror. … (p.20) There are interesting poems in Part Three, which begins with “The multinational tycoon's theory”, a witty and humourless poem that ascribes the black man's tragedy to the accident of creation, when the contracted “Lucifer absconded mid-way/ With God's mobilisation fee” (p.24). The poet's critical eyes are also drawn to the politician, the policeman and the military in “The politrickster” (p.25), “The policeman is a friend in deed” (p.27) and “Khakiman” (p.29) respectively. He lampoons the archetypal politician in our era of politics without principle describing him in a powerful imagery using the bat metaphor: “Bird by day/ Rat by night/ The bat vies with the vulture/ And races with the rodent.” (p.25) One cannot resist the titillating feeling of the humorous irony engendering the policeman being a friend in need even though he is cast by the poet as a fiend indeed, as well as the Khakiman's obsession with vanity! In “Damsel of the ivory tower” (p.31) and “City damsel” (p.32), Adebayo Lawal has urgent and pungent messages for the students who waste their present and future on illicit sexual adventures. In the former, the attitude of the poet to the typical campus girl is evident in his graphic description, couched in seamless similes that conjure in you the imagery of filth the match of which you can possibly find only in Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones Are Not yet Born:

Messy mouth like a menstrual rag Plastered hair like a drowned cat Bloody nails like the vulture's talons Reedy limbs like dry twigs (p.30) For the latter poem (i.e. “City damsel”) that exploits the computer imagery, the warning to men is that the city damsel is not more than a lovely laptop with a caveat: when you “insert a randy flash-drive/ You end up with a vicious virus” (p.31). Moreover, in “Corporate achiever” (p.32) and “The widow and the comrade-governor” (p.33), Prof. Lawal highlights the vanity of the “citizen of the ward”, (with pun on the world), with his imported accessories on the one hand while on the other, he poetically recaptures the melodrama of the widow and the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adam Oshiomhole, enacted last year in the “go-and-die saga”. For details, we can take a short voyage into Adebayo Lawal's short narrative poetics and see how: King Cobra waylaid the widow And de-robed her in the market-square In full company of a convoy of clowns Heedless of her passionate plea of penury. … (p.33) The third part under consideration contains the longest poem in the collection, “Smiles of sorrow” (p.34), which drives home the need for character and morality in our society. Inter-textually, reading this poem reminds one of Kofi Awoonor's “Song of sorrow” and the tragedy of our modern world, with Nigeria being a microcosm. While Kofi Awoonor, who we lost last year to the Westgate Shopping Complex bombing in Kenya by human cretins that are part of our collective sorrow in this season, wrote of “Dzogbese Lisa has treated me thus/ It has led me among the sharps of the forest/ Returning is not possible/ And going forward is a great difficulty,” our own Adebayo Lawal writes of how “False men have filled our forest/ Straight men are like hair-strands” (p.34). He also laments, using homophony and a polyphonic combination of figures of sound like assonance, consonance, alliteration, internal rhyme and pun to effect, how: Petrol now petrifies us Rice has risen against us Beans have been on a French leave Kerosine is a sin for our rusty stoves. In Parts Four and Five, the author offers antidotes to our troubled and troubling times while canvassing the virtues of love (i.e. “True love”(p.38); “We are all one” (p.39)); (Contd. on page 11 )


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Be kind to your students, VC urges lecturers By Mubarak Oladosu

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he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has charged academic departments in the University to dispense their responsibilities to their students under a convivial atmosphere such that the students will have a sense of belonging both academically and emotionally. Prof. Ambali gave this advice last Tuesday (May 10, 2014) while commissioning the Department of Statistics' E-Library, Reading Room and the distribution of Compact Discs (CDs) with electronic books and journals to fresh students of the Department. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Raheem Adebayo Lawal, noted that when lecturers are cruel to their students, such students, after graduation, would not have positive memory of the University. He added that it will also be difficult for the University to count on the support of such disgruntled students. Pointing out that the initiative of the Department

of Statistics has greatly enriched the University's onestudent-one-I-pad initiative, Prof. Ambali charged the Department to produce an electronic version of statistical tables used by students during examinations to discourage students from the temptation to write on statistical tables in breach of examination guidelines. In his remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, Prof. B. L. Adeleke, said that the Faculty was “happy to be part of the event, which shows that the younger academics are living up to the confidence being reposed in them by the University authorities.� The Ag. Head of the Department of Statistics, Dr. W. B. Yahya, appreciated the University management for its support to the Department over the years. He said that the Department drew the inspiration to embark on the Electronic Library project from the National Universities Commission (NUC)'s directive on departmental library and the University's I-pad initiative.

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the Industrial Training Fund Amendment Act 2011 in respect of contribution to the fund where applicable; (x) An affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the University of Ilorin or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidding company, and confirming that all the information it presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars. (xi) Evidence of financial capability and banking support; (xii) Sworn Affidavit in respect of nonaffiliation to any staff of the University and that no director of the company is bankrupt. Submission of Bids and Samples The Commercial bids should be submitted on or before 12 noon on Monday 7th July, 2014 Samples should be brought for inspection on the closingth date, that is, at 12 noon Monday 7 July, 2014 Samples will be produced at the expense of the bidders. Only Contractors with acceptable samples would be invited for opening of their bids. Please note that the University of Ilorin is not obliged to accept any bid. E. D. Obafemi Registrar


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SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 5 RECEIPTS Transcript Scroll Order of Proceeding Academic Gown Contractor Registration Fees Lanyard for Student Verification of Result Change of Course Overpayment Students I.D. Cards Fitness Centre Clinic Registration Form T-Shirt Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Unilorin Property Management Board Total Receipts for the Period PAYMENT S: PAYMENT TO CONTRACTORS/SUPPLIERS: Arnal International Nig Ltd Servicing of Radio Generator Set DHL International Nig Ltd Courier Services Mandilas Enterprises Ltd Repair of Registrar Vehicle Plaza Du Mirabilis Hotel Expenses Pasekhame & Sons Repair of Senate Building Borehole Lawbreed Books Marketing company Supply of Books to Library Evans Therapeutics Ltd Supply of Drugs Vixa Pharmacy Ltd. Supply of Drugs Messr Worldwide Comm. Venture Ltd Supply of Drugs Mubafiz Nig Ltd Installation of Biosystem Equipment Ebas Associates Construction of perimeter Fencing Shaba Yissa & Sons Nig Ltd Maintenance of Lawn Diamond Royal Unique Links Ltd POP & Painting at Senate Building Turning Point Engineering Ltd Maintenance of Teak Planatation2012 Emzor Pharmacy & Stores Ltd Supply of Drugs Bukmot Enterprises Ltd. Production of Lanyards Foremost Digital XE Ltd Balance on Installation of LED Screen Officio ElectroTelecoms Nig Ltd Supply of Furniture to Corporate Affairs Nur Commercial Enterprises Maintenance of Lawn Electronics Test Company Ltd 2014 School of Preliminary Exams Tesbaq Electrical Tech. Supply of Transform er to Senate Building Peacock Travels & Tours Ltd Tic ket to Amsterdam Peacock Travels & Tours Ltd Shortfall of AirTickets to PERU Hilton Imports Ltd Procurement, Installation of Anatomy Equipment OTHER PAYMENT S: Various i.e Imprest ,DTAs ,Refund etc. . Purchase Advance Olahan G. Shittu Staff Development Award Banjoko Alabi Staff Development Award Sunmonu A. Tomori Learned Conference Non-Academic Agboola, S.O Balance signboard for Faculties Agboola, S.O. Pictures for Minister Visitation C.O. Bolarinwa Local Learned Conference Mr O.O. Obafemi Radio Nig Workshop at Lagos Kwara State Water Corporation Water Rate for April 2014 Unilorin Petrol Management Board Petrol for Internal Security Unilorin Petrol Management Board Supply of 22000 Litres of Diesel Adeniyi .O. Ibukun Staff Development (Academic) Ikoba Nehemiah Staff Development (Academic) T K W T Thalagune Passages Local Unilorin Alumni Association Sales of Certificate Scrolls Raheem Usman .A Overseas Learned Conference-Academic Banjoko Alabi Refund of School Fees Olatunji Sarah O. Workshop at OAU ILE-IFE Works Department DSTV Subscription Registrar Resident Security Division Logistic Surveillance June 2014 Adebayo E.Sunday Learned Conference Non-Academic Oniyide Oladimeji Learned Conference –Academic Ilorin Business School 2014/2015- Ways and Means Dept. of Pharmacy & Industrial Pharm. Practice Chemicals for Practicals

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a newspaper interview, an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na' Allah, has commented on his tenure and administration as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University Malete. ('KWASU: Determined to Be Relevant and to Create Wealth', Youth Spring Magazine, Vol.3 No.2, p.13) In an interview with the Youth Spring Magazine, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated the University’s commitment to academic excellence. ('UNILORIN-PROBITAS DOCTRINA', Youth Spring Magazine, Vol.3 No.2, p.43) Final year students of the Department of Mass Communication Department, University of Ilorin, have held a valedictory luncheon. ('Final Year Students Hold Valedictory Luncheon', The Guardian, Sunday, June 8, 2014, p.) While delivering the 148th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin entitled “Essential Education Beyond Relegation'', Prof. (Mrs.) Alice Arinlade Jekayinfa of the Department of Social Science Education has identified the neglect of History subject as one of the factors inhibiting Nigeria's development. ('Don traces Nigeria's underdevelopment to Hhistory desertion', The Herald, Monday, June 9, 2014, p.16; See also, 'Don calls for re-introduction of History in schools', National Pilot, Monday, June 9, 2014, 24) The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital has offered internship appointment to 70 successful candidates. ('UITH offers 70 candidates house internship', National Pilot, Monday, June 9, 2014, p.12) While delivering the 147th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin, entitled ''Theory into practice: Beyond Surface Curriculum in Science'', Prof. Adekunle Solomon Olorundare, has recommended adequate funding of the education sector as a solution to incessant strikes by teachers and lecturers. ('University don advocates centre for science education', Daily Newswatch, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, p.70) The University Ilorin is to collaborate with Globacom Telecommunication Limited, for the provision of Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT) structure in the institution. ('Globacom,UNILORIN forge ICT partnership', New Telegraph, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, p.12; See also, 'Globacom to partner Unilorin', The Nation, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, p.57; 'Globacom supports UNILORIN on ICT usage', The Punch, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, p.39; ‘Globacom, Unilorin to partner on ICT development’, Peoples Daily, Tuesday, June

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10, 2014, p.7; ‘Varsity collaborates with Globacom on ICT’, Nigerian Pilot, Wednesday June 11, 2014, p.41) In an opinion article, a 400 level student of Mass Communication Department of the University of Ilorin, Hameed Muritala, has analysed the state of education in the country. ('FG's insensitivity to quality education', New Telegraph, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, p.28) Seven Cadets from the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna have recently received certificates of participation in Arabic Immersion Programme of the University of Ilorin. ('NDA cadets get UNILORIN immersion certificates', New Telegraph, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, p.30) In his column, 'EDUPEACE', the Ag Director, Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin, Dr. Mahfouz Adedimeji, has opined that no one ever completes his education as education is a life-long phenomenon. ('This university of life', New Telegraph , Wednesday, June 11, 2014, p.30) ØThe immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, has said that the persisting insecurity in the country is a product of poor education planning, inept leadership, social insecurity and naked injustice that have permeated the political system in Nigeria for long. (‘Ex-VC blames insecurity on poor education planning’, Nigerian Pilot, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, p.41) Hameed Muritala and Wale Bakare of the University of Ilorin have written on the recently held Students Union Government election. ('UNILORIN elects Student leaders', The Nation, Thursday, June 12, 2014, p.32) Some members of the Law Students Union of the University of Ilorin have paid a courtesy visit to Oke -Ila community in Osun State. ('Law Students visit Osun town', The Nation, Thursday, June 12, 2014, p.32) In an opinion article, a 400 level Student of Mass Communication Department of the University of Ilorin, Ibrahim Jatto, has reflected on the alarming rate of jungle justice in the society. ('Road to Hobbesian Society', The Nation, Thursday, June 12, 2014, p.43) A 400 level Student of the Mass Communication Department of the University of Ilorin, Akerele Oluwakemi, has written on the health campaign organised by some students of the Department ('Why we engage in sanitation, by UNILORIN Students', The Nation, Thursday, June 12, 2014, p.25)


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A Review of Adebayo Lawal’s Music of the Muezzin (Contd. from page 6)

reason (i.e “Who are you? (p.40); “Rat race or human race? (p.41)); religious tolerance and righteousness (i.e. “The cannibals” (p.42), “The bubble shall burst” (p.48), “Blessed are they” (p.52)) and other poems of similar thematic concerns. There are also well-crafted poems in this section like “Ilorin” (p.45) which offers a food-forthought that everyone would like to relish and “In the long run” (p.47) which gives poetic expression to the maxim, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Of a special thematic import is “The wild west” (p.46) in which the poet highlights the prevalent cultural invasion of the African landscape by Western

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“syphilisation”, a remarkable coinage that reminds one of Niyi Osundare's “execu-thieves” and Tayo Olafioye's “sinators”, and its debilitating effect on the social values. He makes tacit reference to the odious fashion sense that ladies consider trendy and the vacuous lyrics of the wavemaking latter-day Skelewuing and Azontoing musicians. Besides, Adebayo Lawal, in a way similar to how Brian Browne addresses our tragedy in a recent opinion article in The Nation newspaper, “The geopolitics of Boko Haram” (May 23, 2014), the poet describes how “The West soils the souls of the rest,/ Insidiously”. (Contd. on Back page)


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Adebayo Lawal drives further home the sense given previously in “The emperor's cloaks” (p.43) on the tragedies and greed of “colonial syphilisation”, “Leech of Nations” and “foreign AIDS” with a super-abundance of highly impressive puns and other literary and stylorhetorical devices. Then, as a counter-force to the prevailing weird ways of the wild west, the poet offers the Mandela paradigm of forgiveness in “Teach me, Mandela” (p.52), a befitting tribute to the great Madiba, the global icon that we lost on Thursday, December 5, 2013, who said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” In an article I wrote after his death, “The gospel according to Mandela” (Daily Newswatch, December 13, 2013), I opined that “The gospel of Mandela is that we should not be chained to the past; we should not consider today's grace an opportunity to settle yesterday's score”. For our poet, the effervescent lesson of the old “man-de-la-sagesse”, as he brands him, is in the following lines, which are highly relevant to the Nigerian situation where we seem to drink holy hatred mixed with political poison: Prophets have preached love to the enemy, You lived for the world to learn the reason: To cuddle your foe is to conquer adversity, For the cage of hate kills faster than kirikiri. …(p.54) As everything with a beginning has an end, Adebayo Lawal ends his invaluable collection with two telling poems, “Time” (p.56) and “The void” (p.57) that constitute Part Six. In “Time”, he philosophises that “all earthly trips are but for time…” “And true Time is but Timelessness…” and in the very last poem, the signature and parting shot of this ebullient poet-preacher and writerrighter, with significance for our end, which is the beginning of another journey, is: Life remains a vast void Till you place the Creator Firmly At the Beginning of your Infinity, Squarely At the end of your Eternity (p.57). At the level of style, Music of the Muezzin is a vast ocean with several pearls or a big garden with a cornucopia of diverse flowers. How many teeth do we count in Adipele's multi-layered dentition? His love for the literary figures of sound is apparent as there is no

poetry without invoking sound. All of alliteration, assonance, rhyme and rhythm find eloquent expression in the collection just as we have personification, oxymoron, paradox, climax, litotes and other devices of literary and stylistic effect, making it a rich mine for linguistic and literary analysts as evident even in all of the sampled lines. However, the major weakness of this collection is the absence of notable weaknesses. It is like having no problem being somebody's problem. Apart from “Mandiba” (p.54) where the author seemed to mean “Madiba”, the clan that Tata Mandela belonged, this is a collection you will find difficult to fault and since over a decade of reviewing literary and non-literary works, I would rate this work as the best I have had the fortune of engaging with. This is understandable from the objective plane that it is not everytime you read and review the works of a trained wordsmith and masterful moulder of literary minds like the author, who became a Professor at the age of 40. Then, even though it is within the realm of his poetic license, it is doubtful if those in Islamics would agree with him on the title, which faintly suggests that the muezzin makes music even though there is a caveat that what sounds musical to one's ears is not necessarily music. Generally, this collection is “larger than its frame” in terms of the profundity of the timeless messages that make good sense for our troubled season in a world that is going amok. It is a call to action to eschew what it is morally bad, religiously sinful and ethically repugnant in our day-to-day interactions. Our sensibilities are tickled as we are sensitized to the need for choosing good options always and the collection has implications for best practices in religion, politics, economics, social relations, culture, education, philosophy, law and linguistics. The collection is therefore everyone's treasure and a good reader would find it unputdownable or like Oliver Twist, find himself crying for more. As author of a great work of art, we owe Professor R. Adebayo Lawal a debt of gratitude for presenting to us this poetic buffet. Music of the Muezzin aptly captures what C. S. Lewis said of literature: “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become”. This is one work that will irrigate the desert of your life. Read it and re-invent yourself. (Concluded)

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