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www.unilorin.edu.ng A Weekly Publication of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor

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Odebunmi delivers 138 Inaugural Lecture Experts seek use of solar energy to combat climate change Unilorin Secondary School PTA gets new exco th Obafemi marks 60 birthday Oladosu's son marries nd 2 Moringa Conference holds Nov 18 - 21 Unilorin mourns Onakomaiya The Alma Mater: Violence! The writer died

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ADVICE: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, stressing a point during the interview By Fatima Abubakre

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s Nigerians anxiously await the eventual call-off of the five-month old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the ViceChancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has called on the Federal Government and the lecturers' union to put in place a monitoring committee that would ensure that agreements reached between both parties are faithfully

implemented in order to forestall future disruption of academic activities. Prof. Ambali made this submission during an interview with members of the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Association of Campus Journalists in his office last Thursday (November 14, 2013). (Contd. on page 3)

Unilorin VC bags WASU Leadership Award By Yinka Ademuyiwa

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n yet another testimony to the excellent leadership style of the University of Ilorin, the West African Students Union (WASU), with headquarters in Tema, Accra, Ghana, has conferred the 2013 West African Leadership Award for Educational Development on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulGaniyuAmbali. Presenting the Award to the Vice-Chancellor in his office last Tuesday (November 12, 2013), WASU’s Head of Parliament, Mr. Emmanuel Sobio, said that the Award was “in recognition of the achievements of the University Ilorin, which is noted for uninterrupted academic calendar for several years now in a clime of strikes and academic stoppages that marked University system in Nigeria.” (Contd. on page 4) EDITORIAL BOARD

HONOUR: Mr. Sobio (right) presenting the Award to the Vice-Chancellor last Tuesday

Dr. M. A. Adedimeji (Chairman), Dr. S. B. Olajide, Dr. L. A. Azeez, Dr. Mrs. F. R. Aliyu-Ibrahim, Mrs. R. A. Adimula, K. I. Akogun (Secretary)


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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (MS), Prof. Y. M. Fakunle (left) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RTI), Prof. F. A. Oladele, at the 2013 National Solar Energy Forum (NASEF)last Tuesday

Mr. J. O. Ojosu, representative of the Keynote Speaker, Prof Eli-Jidere Bala, at the NASEF Conference

The President, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Prof. B. G. Danshehu (left), presenting the Fellowship Award of the Society to the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Ambali

L-R: The Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun; Shakir Akorede; the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali; Hameed Murtala, Surajdeen Alabede and Wale Bakare during the campus journalists’ visit to the Vive-Chancellor last Thursday

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The Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi (left) and the Bursar, Mr. Biodun Saka Yusuf, at the 2013 NASEF Conference last Tuesday

The Guest Lecturer at the 2013 NASEF Conference, Prof. Theophilus Olatunde Are, presenting his address

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, fielding questions from the campus journalists during an interactive session last Thursday

The former Chairperson of the Unilorin Secondary School Parent Teacher Association, Mrs. Balqis Oladimeji (left) handing over to the new Chairman, Mr. Adeola Odetoye

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Ambali commends Unilorin campus journalists Contd. from front page

The Vice-Chancellor said that the establishment of the monitoring committee was necessary so that the agreements reached between the two parties would be seen to be implemented in order to minimise the chances of having conflicts, which could be detrimental to the development of tertiary education in Nigeria. Prof. Ambali said, “Whenever agreements are reached, everybody signs; individuals go home with the signed documents, but nobody sits down especially to mediate between the two to ensure that what has been signed is being implemented. And that has been our problem. “Whenever an agreement is signed,ASUU hangs on to the document and they continue to open each page as the time goes by and continue to jot down those things that were agreed upon that have not been implemented. But if there is a monitoring committee in place, ASUU could go to that committee and sound a note of warning that look, this aspect is being neglected.” The Vice-Chancellor, who commended the campus journalists for their efforts towards projecting the image of the University positively, urged them to see the University of Ilorin as their home. Prof. Ambali said, “Whatever you say about the University of Ilorin, you will come to live with it, because it is how you prepare your bed that you lay on it. Don't see yourself as being isolated from the University of Ilorin; this is your home and this is your life, which means you have to prepare for tomorrow and to be well prepared, you have to shape today very well. That doesn't mean that if you see areas that we need to pay more attention to that you shouldn't tell us, because we want this University to continue to grow. If you see any lapses, you can alert us in a professional way but don't be too negative about whatever is going on because this is your life.” While appreciating the students for their observation, assessment and accurate recognition of the

contributions of his administration towards the development of the University, the Vice-Chancellor assured them that there would be improved access to internet facilities by all staff and students on campus. The Vice-Chancellor noted that with support from the TETFund, upcoming projects such as the Central Research Laboratory equipped with state-ofthe-art infrastructure would be put in place to enhance research activities in the University as well as increased accommodation for students on campus. Prof. Ambali stressed his administration’s commitment towards providing improved teaching and learning environment for students, continuous training and retraining of staff and adequate welfare package for members of staff. On the Leadership Award recently given him by the West African Students Union (WASU), the ViceChancellor said, “it shows me that no matter where you are, no matter who you are, no matter how small the responsibility is, just do it with the best of your knowledge and ability and once you do that, it will echo around the world, no matter how remote or far. Whatever image we are able to portray to the outside world is a collective responsibility. That is why all of us must work together; we shouldn't work in isolation, we shouldn't see ourselves as opposition; rather we should see ourselves as a major player in the game.” In his remarks, the President of the University of Ilorin Campus Journalists Association, Hammed Muritala, noted that the Vice-Chancellor had surpassed the expectations of students with his style of leadership and achievements in the last one year. The campus journalists' delegation, which included Wale Bakare, Surajudeen Alabede, and Akorede Shakir, was led to the Vice-Chancellor's Office by the institution's Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. KunleAkogun.

DIRECTORATE OF HUMAN RESOURCES Resuscitation of the Committee on Learned Conferences for NonTeaching Staff

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he Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has approved the resuscitation of the Committee on Learned Conferences and Workshops for NonTeaching Staff. Sequel to this, non-teaching staff who wish to attend Conferences and Workshops are to henceforth

forward their applications to the Registrar, for processing to the Committee on Learned Conference for NonTeaching Staff. Signed A. Abdulsalam for Registrar

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‘Why Ambali won WASU Leadership Award’ (Contd. from front page)

Mr. Sobio said, “Our choice of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali for this award is in recognition of the dedication of a true son of Africa to the development of education not only in his native country, Nigeria, but acrossAfrica, particularly the WestAfrican sub-region. “We decided to confer this honour not just to celebrate the achievements and outstanding contributions of Prof. Ambali, but also to encourage him and his team to do more for Nigerian and African education. He should not relent in his efforts at redefining academic standards acrossAfrican Universities. “Our award is a wake -up call on others to realise that they are being watched. Everyone in public office is being critically monitored and their actions and inactions either good or bad are being scrutinised.” The West African Leadership Award and Lecture Series, has, since the past 13 years, been organised in Ghana, where the West African Students Union (WASU), its initiator and promoter, has its headquarters. “The goal is to advance the culture of leadership by example and integrity in the minds of men, by rewarding outstanding leaders with visions for their nations and communities as a way of presenting them as role models to younger generations in line with the constitution and charter of WASU and in the spirit of PanAfricanism of the first Ghanaian President, the late Dr. Kwame Nkruma,” Mr. Sobio said. According to the WASU Head of Parliament, “nominations were received from several Universities in West Africa and after close scrutiny by an international panel consisting of very eminent personalities across the sub-region, the nomination of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali stood out.” In his response, Prof. Ambali disclosed that the University of Ilorin had been collaborating with sister Universities across the globe particularly inAfrica where the University had a memorandum of understanding to promote education exchanges among member institutions. “These exchanges,” according to

him, “are aimed at advancing teaching and research

The Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Omotesho (4th left) presenting the Award plaque to the Vice-Chancellor while WASU officials and some Principal Officers of the University watch development and several staff and students across West Africa are benefitting from them.” The Vice-Chancellor said, “It is true that though disagreements exist between University workers and their employer, that is the government, over conditions of service, the University of Ilorin had always believed that solution will ultimately require a round-table discussion. “Strikes disrupt. It is very costly to all parties in the educational sector. Government is not happy while strike lasts. Parents are not happy. Students are idle and, being youthful, divert their energies to unproductive ends.” The Award presentation was witnessed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Bayo Lawal; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Yisa Fakunle; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi; the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. A. O. Omotesho; and the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf. Also at the event were WASU Secretary-General, Mr. Bamidele Oladele Babs; the JCC Chairman, Kwara State, Mr. Abdulrazak Jeje and another executive council member, Mr. Olalekan Lawal. th

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he 138th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin holds this Thursday (November 21, 2013) at the University Auditorium, beginning from 5.00p.m. The lecturer is Prof. Ezekiel Oluyemi Odebunmi of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.

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The title of the lecture, which holds under the Chairmanship of the ViceChancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, is “Catalysis and Chemical Industry Development:AFruitful Wedlock” M embers of the U nivers ity community and the general public are cordially invited.

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Experts seek use of solar energy to combat climate change By Fatima Abubakre

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takeholders in the Energy sector have advocated the deployment of a well coordinated solar energy programme in the country to mitigate the adverse e ff e c t s o f c l i m a t e c h a n g e g l o b a l l y. This was the focus of the 2013 National Solar Energy Forum (NASEF) held at the University of Ilorin MainAuditorium last Tuesday (November 12, 2013). Jointly organised by the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN) and the National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED), University of Ilorin, the event, themed “The Role of Solar Energy in Climate Change Mitigation”, was attended by participants from all over the country. In his keynote address at the conference, the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, noted that Nigeria had abundant solar energy resources, which should be harnessed to provide adequate energy supply and thus reduce the enormous combustion of fossil fuels. Prof. Bala, represented by the Director, Energy Planning and Analysis Department of ECN, Mr. J.O.Ojosu, noted that while fossil fuels are generally associated with green house gas (GHG) emissions that cause global warming and its negative effects, Nigeria is promoting solar energy as an alternative source of sustainable energy that could contribute to achieving the target of Vision 2020. The Director General also explained the policy plans of the Federal Government in exploring alternative energy sources to solve Nigeria's energy problems, calling for extensive investment in the development of solar energy infrastructure in the country as the way forward. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, in his address entitled 'Zero Hour', noted that the University, through its Department of Physics and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, is keen about using solar technology to enhance research activities. Prof. Ambali pointed out that NACHRED has also been active in the facilitation of solar electricity system on campus, adding that research is also being conducted into the possibility of generating power from the University dam. “Therefore, if we are keen about development as we should be, the sun holds a lot of potential for us because its energy output is about 386 billion megawatts,” the Vice-Chancellor said, adding that “If we ponder on the fact that the sun is the largest of about 100 billion stars in our galaxy, with a diameter of 1,390,000 km, consisting of 75 per cent hydrogen and 25 per cent helium, and that our Earth, like eight other planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

and Pluto), orbits round it all the time, we will pay more attention to its uses. This is therefore the zero hour to do just that, given the energy crisis facing Nigeria and much ofAfrica.” Prof. Ambali, who described the conference as “timely”, said that the advantages offered by clean solar energy technologies as an alternative source of energy is global, adding that “the amount of energy derivable from the sun is so limitless that we actually have more energy falling upon the mother earth in one hour than what the whole world can use in a year. It is crystal clear, therefore, that if we were to fully harness the gains of solar energy, all our energy-related problems would be solved.” While highlighting the importance of saving energy, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Theophilus Olatunde Aro, explained that the basics of solar physics and the underlying global warming and warning should be taught to young students in order to prepare them with the right tools for the future. Earlier in his remarks, the President of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN), Prof. B.G. Danshehu, said that the theme of the conference was designed to challenge members of the Society on how to address multifarious environmental problems, including flooding, desert encroachment, gully erosion, and others affecting different parts of the country. Prof. Danshehu said, “It is not out of place to remind you that this country is still lagging behind in having access to secure, affordable and reliable energy, which is critical to sustainable economic and social development.” The colourful event was spiced with different cultural performances and drama presented by the Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture troupe, as well as students of the Department of The Performing Arts, University of Ilorin. A major highlight of the event was the presentation of Fellowship Awards to the ViceChancellor and some distinguished members of SESN for their contributions to Energy and Energy related issues. Similarly, students from some secondary schools in Kwara State were presented with prizes for project exhibition on utilization of solar energy. While St. Charles Secondary School, Ilorin won the first prize of N20, 000, Ansarudeen College, Offa got N15, 000 and Glorious Vision International College, N10, 000 for the second and third positions respectively. The conference, which drew participants from Federal and State agencies, was also attended by the three Deputy Vice-Chancellors of the University, other Principal Officers, as well as staff and students of the University.

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Unilorin Secondary School PTA gets new exco By Olusegun Alabi

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he Parent Teacher Association of the Unilorin Secondary School has reiterated its commitment to do everything in its power to ensure the upliftment of the school in order to achieve the internationalisation drive of the management. The newly elected Chairman of the association, Mr. Adeola Odetoye gave this assurance in his acceptance speech shortly after the election of new executive members of the association last Tuesday (November 12, 2013). Mr. Odetoye, a lecturer at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, said, “It is God that gives wisdom to a human being. The problems are numerous but with God on our part, the Unilorin Secondary School will be better for it. We want to look back after the

expiration of our two-year tenure and have every cause to glorify God…That is why I believe that there is no monopoly of wisdom, strength or ability. Together we will by His grace move the Unilorin Secondary School forward”. Other elected officers were, Mrs. Simiat Abubakre, Vice-Chairman; Mrs. Lateefat Bello, Assistant Secretary; Mrs. Idayat Nike Balogun, Treasurer, Mrs. A. Ojibara, Auditor and Mr. Oluwasegun Alabi, Public Relations Officer. Earlier in his speech, the Principal of the school, Mr. Rauf Ajala, who praised the academic performance of the school, appealed to the parents for their cooperation in the prompt payment of their wards' school fees.

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he Registrar of the University of Ilorin, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, will be 60 years old on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. To mark the occasion, a Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at the UMCA Chapel, University Road, Tanke, Ilorin. A statement made available to Unilorin Bulletin indicated that the Thanksgiving Service, which will

commence at 10.00a.m., is also in celebration of Mr. Obafemi's recent appointment as Registrar of the University of Ilorin. The statement added that guests will be entertained after the Church service at the Unilorin Dam Resort, Main Campus. Members of the University community are cordially invited.

Oladosu's son marries By Abdulgafar Arikewuyo

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he marriage solemnisation between the son of the Director of the Centre for Ilorin Studies, University of Ilorin, Prof. A.G.A.S. Oladosu, Mr. Kamaldeen Akorede Oladosu and former Miss Zaynab Abiola Abubikr, took place penultimate weekend (November 9, 2013) at Stella Obasanjo Multipurpose Hall, Ilorin. The Nikkah was performed by Imam Yaqub Aliagan on-behalf of the Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh SofiyullahiAl’Adabiy. In a sermon at the occasion, an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Sharafadeen Ajara, advised the couple to be faithful and loyal to each other. While urging the bride to always obey her husband and the teachings of Islam, Sheikh Ajara encouraged the groom to always take charge of his responsibilities and live up to expectations. In a post-wedding statement, the father of the groom, Prof. Oladosu, expressed appreciation to members of the University community for their support and contributions to the success of the wedding.

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he Second International Conference on Moringa will hold at the University of Ilorin between Monday, November 18 and Thursday, November 21, 2013. Organised by the University of Ilorin Moringa Plantation Management Committee, the conference is themed “Emergent Moringa: Roles in Health, Wellness, Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection and Global Food Security”. The conference will assemble leaders of thought, researchers and key players across the product value chain to share and to deliberate on news of progress and to evaluate the same in the context of universal knowledge It will also allow stakeholders the opportunity to

jointly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and current approaches to its advancement, and will highlight opportunities and threats to sustained progress while agreeing on new directions for continuing progress in advancing knowledge and uses of Moringa. Among the sub-themes of Conference are “Processing, Value Addition and Food Science”; “Industrial Chemistry and Engineering”; “Economics and Management”; “Carbon Balance, Water Economics, Environmental Footprint Management”; “Science of Human Behaviour and Demographics”; “Historic, Contemporary and Projected Associations in Language, Religion, Arts and Culture”; and “Agronomy, Crop Protection and Ecology”.

STUDENT AFFAIRS UNIT Registration and Renewal of Campus Students' Associations for 2013/2014 Academic Session

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t has been observed that the leadership of campusbased students associations, organizations, clubs and societies are fond of staging activities in the name of their associations without due registration or renewal of registration of such associations. We hereby wish to reiterate the University's position on registration of students' associations as contained in Section 17 of Students' Handbook of Information and Regulations. Violation of this regulation will lead to

proscription of such organization and the offender(s) will be made to face disciplinary action. However, the deadline for registration of associations, organizations, clubs and societies for nd 2013/2014 academic session is Friday, 22 November, 2013. Signed Mrs. K. W. Sallee Deputy Registrar (Students)

Unilorin mourns Onakomaiya

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he management of the University of Ilorin has condoled with the family of late Prof. Samuel Onanuga Onakomaiya, who died on October 3, 2013 at the age of 76 years. In a letter of condolence sent to the late don's daughter, Mrs. Yetunde Odetayo, the Registrar of the University, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, said that Prof. Onakomaiya, who was a staff member of the University of Ilorin between 1981 and 1988, “had a distinguished

career in the University”. Mr. Obafemi recalled that the late Prof. Onakomaiya was the pioneer Professor of Geography and foundation Dean, Faculty of Business and Social Studies of the University. While praying God to grant the late don eternal rest, the Registrar also prayed the Almighty to grant the entire Onakomaiya family the fortitude to bear the loss.

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New Appointments The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has approved the appointment of the following academic staff:

Name Professor A. Y. Abdulkareem Dr. A. T. Shehu Dr. A. O. Sofoluwe Dr. H. O. Ijaiya Dr. M. A. Etudaiye Professor A. S. Abdussalam Professor B. O. Yusuf Dr. I. A. Jawondo

Department Educational Management

Appointment Director, Institute of Education Public Law Ag. Head Educational Management Ag. Head Private and Property Law Ag. Head Jurisprudence and International Law Ag. Head Coordinator, Arabic and Religious Traditions Linguistics & Nig. Languages Unit (ARTU) Coordinator, Research, Religions Publications and Outreach Unit (RPOU) History and International Studies Coordinator, History, Politics and Culture Unit (HPCU)

Effective Date With Immediate Effect 1st August, 2013 With Immediate Effect 1st August, 2013 1st August, 2013 With Immediate Effect With Immediate Effect With Immediate Effect

Open Ph.d Thesis Defence Name

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Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin

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Mr. A. B. Rabiu

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Covenant University, Ota Ogun State

12th – 15th Nov. 2012

Dr. S. M. Adedayo

Mechanical Engineering Chemical Engineering

The Lagoon Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin

19th – 21st Nov. 2012

Dr. (Mrs.) O. A. Eleta Dr. K. A. Adeniran

Agriculture &Biosystems Engineering

Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Conference/ AGM (Harmony 2012) 2012 International Conference on Clean Technology & Contemporary Engineering Management 3rd ECOWAS Welding Conference (ECOWELD 2012) Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Conference/ AGM (Harmony 2012) Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Conference/ AGM (Harmony 2012)

Kwara State Banquet Hall, Ilorin

3rd – 7th Dec. 2012

Quotes of the Week A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. -Nelson Mandela And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. -William Shakespeare

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SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 7 to 14 November, 2013 RECEIPTS AMOUNT Transcript 822,000.00 Scroll 30,050.00 Order of Proceeding 57,050.00 Rent on University Properties 720,948.80 Print out of Payslips 1,050.00 Student I.D. Card 26,300.00 Academic Gown 54,750.00 T/Shirt 35,100.00 Overpayment 2,000.00 Contractor Registration ( Tender) 85,000.00 Clinic Registration Form 4,000.00 Undergraduate Student Charges 88,339,050.00 Change of Course 24,060.00 Hostel Accommodation 9,996,000.00 Total Receipts for the Period 100,197,358.80 PAYMENT S: Payment to Contractors/Suppliers: Prince Luxury Hotel Expenses 619,066.00 Faslias Books & Journals 17,000.00 LasisiAdewuyi Newspapers supplied to Library 597,950.00 Chridamel Enterprises Books & Journals 1,318,198.00 YomeexAluminium Glass Partition for Stall in Library 239,169.00 AASA Garments and Stores Supply of T Shirts 3,768,000.00 OTHER PAYMENT S: Various i.eRefunds,Security Expenses etc. 2,857,334.00 Purchase Advance 1,704,560.00 Bursary Department Upgrade Data Base 775,000.00 Draft to Lagos State Government Purchase of Landed Property in Lagos 13,986,000.00 Bello Abdulrasaq Rug carpet for Unilorin Resources Devmgt Board 84,360.00 Anatomy Department External Examiner 165,840.00 Unilorin Health Centre Project Cure Equipment Clearance 567,224.00 Committee of Registrars in Nigeria Universities (CORNU) Retreat Fee 100,000.00 Amali, Dainkeh&Kadiri StaffDevelopment (Abroad) 17,437,427.00 Unilorin Petrol Station Management Board Diesel and Fuel 1,012,752.00 Unilorin Guest Houses Catering Services 1,243,522.00 Library Account Report 260,000.00 Library Account Purchase Advance and Imprest 232,000.00 Ayorinde, O.O Scholar Award 94,300.00 ICAN MCPE Various 933,060.00 Centre for Research Development and In-house Training Registration Fee 790,000.00 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Consumables 1,500,000.00 Total Payments for the Period 50,302,762.00 Signed A. S. YUSUF (FCA), Bursar

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GOOD GRAMMAR Don't say/write: TheVice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin was present at the occasion. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin was present on the occasion. Say/ write: Don't say/ write: I live in a city where primary school children disvirgin themselves on Valentine’s Day. I live in a city where primary school children deflower one another on Valentine’s Day. Say/write: Don't say/ write: Locusts wreck havoc on our cassava plantation every year. Locusts wreak havoc on our cassava plantation every year. Say/write: Don't say/ write: It is your lose if your dress is not loose and you loose out. It is your loss if your dress is not loose and you lose out. Say/write:

Hale & Hearty Maintaining a healthy weight Being over weight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

LAUGH LINES WHAT SHOULD WE DO? I'm on my way to the hospital right now. My neighbor's kid swallowed a 4G Memory Card and now he is busy singing all the songs on the Memory Card. I've tried using a universal remote but he won't stop.

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Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin, Prof. (Mrs.) Moji Taibat Bakare-Odunola of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry has called for the elimination of fake, substandard and adulterated drugs in the country ('Don advocates elimination of fake drugs', The Herald, Monday, November 11, 2013, p.16; See also, 'Don harps on quality control of pharmaceutical products', National Pilot , Monday, November 11-13, 2013, p.24; 'Don Tasks FG, Regulatory Agencies on Fake Drugs', ThisDay, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.39) A student of the Unilorin Secondary School Yahaya Shakirat, was among ten finalists who emerged in the Kwara Spelling Bee Competition. ('10 finalists emerge in Kwara Spelling Bee Competition', National Pilot, same date, p.26; See also, 'Kwara spelling bee competition holds Nov. 28', The Herald, Monday, November 11, 2013, p.7) A lecturer in the University of Ilorin has commented on some issues of national interest in an opinion article. ('Nigerian rulers' five cardinal sins', The Nation, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, p.20) The 29th Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Science Laboratory Technology has held at the University of Ilorin. ('News from the States, Kwara,' Daily Sun, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, p.10) The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin Chapter, Prof. Abdulwahab Egbewole, has blamed the death of the Union's former National President, Prof. Festus Iyayi, on the bad state of Nigerian roads. ('Unilorin ASUU blames Iyayi's death on bad roads', Daily Newswatch, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.74; See also, 'Unilorin ASUU decries

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state of Nigerian roads…As Oshiomhole, Ribadu, others mourn', Daily Sun, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.7; 'Unilorin ASUU blames FG on bad roads', Nigerian Tribune, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.47; 'Iyayi: ASUU Rues Deplorable Condition of Nigerian Roads', Leadership, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.10) Six Universities in Africa, including the University of Ilorin, have come together to proffer solutions to the myriads of problems confronting theAfrican continent. ('Six universities brainstorm on Nigeria's power problem', Nigerian Tribune, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.29) An alumnus of the University of Ilorin, Olusegun Oladimeji Atanda, has been appointed Professor of Food Microbiology and Safety in the Department of Biological Sciences of McPherson University (McU) in Seriki- Sotayo, Abeokuta, Ogun State. ('Varsity gets first indigenous professor', The Nation, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.36) A former Governor of Kwara State and Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Dr Bukola Saraki, has presented N2.5 million to the University of Ilorin for the best graduating students in Medicine and Political Science. ('Saraki family bankrolls N2.5m scholarship in Unilorin', Daily Trust, Thursday, November 14, 2013, p.40) A Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Ilorin, Dr MahfouzAdedimeji, in his Friday column, has lamented that Nigerians have become a people without souls while their quest for success has made them to bump from one blunder to the other and they are driven further and farther away from what really matters in life. ('The paradox of our time', Daily Newswatch, Friday, November 15, 2013, back page)

Final outing service for Ahonusi's mum holds Nov 23

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he final Outing and Thanksgiving Service for the late Deaconess Grace Amedu, mother of Mr. Stephen O. Ahonusi of the Vice-Chancellor's Office will take place at Inner Ugba, Ihievbe, Edo State on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013. The late Deaconess Amedu passed on to glory on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at the age of 80. A statement by Mr. Ahonusi disclosed that the

funeral rites would take place at her residence, Igaleda, Inner Ugba, Ihievbe, Edo State, on Friday, November 22, 2013, from 7.00p.m. while an Outing Service would hold on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the First C.A.C. Church, Inner Ugba, Ihievbe, Edo State, at 9.00a.m. prompt. Members of the University community are cordially invited.

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n his well-acclaimed novel, Violence, the late Festus Iyayi describes the condition of an average Nigerian. He wrote that Idemudia's “unfinished education, his joblessness, his hunger, his poverty, all these…were different forms of violence” unleashed on him by the powers that be. Unfortunately, it was a case of double violence against the author as the vehicle in which he was travelling last Tuesday (November 12, 2013), for the same issues he wrote on, was violently and fatally hit in Kogi State. One of the drivers in the Governor's convoy committed the violence. The original violence was compounded by the reported denial of complicity by a minder of Governor Idris Wada. By the way, when are we going to ban Governors' killing convoys from our roads? There are people who live what they write and there are those who just write what they like. The former group is rare, the latter legion. Prof. Festus Iyayi wrote that a worker “is paid so little because he accepts it” and he died in the struggle for what he believed in. He lived his words. “A man gets a job and he cannot protest. He cannot ask for higher wages, the period of his leisure is cut down arbitrarily and he must come out to work when he is old. This was slavery,” the former National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) wrote. Part of the irony of life is that good people die often and bad people stay rather long, causing atrocities and wreaking havoc. Prof. Chinua Achebe was worried about this irony, in a related context, in his book, The Trouble with Nigeria. “Why do the good people among us seem so helpless while the worst are full of vile energy?” he wondered aloud. However, there is solace in the words of George Carlin for the family, friends and associates of the late don: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” And, talking about Carlin, the late American comedian and philosopher, his words have continued to tantalise my sub-consciousness since the former ViceChancellor of the University, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, quoted them in his address, “The Food for Thought”, delivered on July 3, 2009 in the UniversityAuditorium: “The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller

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buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses but smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgement, more experts but more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. “We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. “We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life but not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour. We conquered the outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. “We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever but we communicate less and less. “These are times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days for two incomes and more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills do everything from cheer, to queit, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to hit delete… “Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment because for someday that person will not be there again. “Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” For Prof. Iyayi, great moments took his breath away. Adieu, one of Nigeria's Heroes, the title of another novel of his!

Dogs and cats consume almost $7 billion worth of pet food a year. Dolphins sleep with one eye open. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

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