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Emir lauds Unilorin's COBES initiative IN THIS EDITION

The Dean of Agric, Prof Adeloye, (left) with the Emir during the visit

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campus v Unilorin ASUU exco gets vote of confidence v Staff training, key to optimal performance – Ambali v Unilorin wins National Inter-medical school quiz competition v Unilorin vet docs record feat in surgical operation v KWASU VC gives recipe for better postgraduate studies + Money Matters, Fast Facts File, Good Grammar, Hale & Hearty, Laugh Lines Quotes of the Week and more!

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By Mustafa Abubakar

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he Emir of Shonga in Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State, Dr. Yahya Haliru, has commended the University of Ilorin's Community Based Experience and Service (COBES) programme, describing it as a bridge between education and community service in the country. The Emir gave the commendation last Wednesday (February 20, 2013) at his palace when a team from the Faculty of Agriculture paid him a courtesy visit during a tour of the University's COBES centres across the state.

Dr. Haliru told members of the team led by the Dean, Prof. A. Adeloye, that the programme would stand the test of time as it would inculcate in the students the practical ability of the theoretical studies learnt in the class. The Emir, who also said that the community had been anxious and thirsty for development for so many years, expressed his happiness that the University considered the ancient agrarian community as a place for students to learn practical agriculture. (Contd. on page 3)

Abimbola decries inconsistency in education policy By Olusegun Mokuolu

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Professor of Science Education at the University of Ilorin, Isaac Olakanmi Abimbola, has identified the inconsistencies in the nation's education policy as the reason behind Nigeria’s inability to produce great scientists that could contribute meaningfully to national development. Prof. Abimbola disclosed this last Thursday (February 21, 2013) while delivering the 123rd Inaugural Lecture of the University under the Chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali. ( Contd. on page 4) EDITORIAL BOARD

Prof. Abimbola delivering his Inaugural Lecture last Thursday

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


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The DVC (RTI), Prof. Oladele, who represented the VC, reading Prof. Abimbola's citation at the Inaugural Lecture last Thursday

Prof. and Mrs. Abimbola with Principal Officers and Deans after the Lecture

The five tricycles recently procured by the Unilorin Students Union leadership to boost transportation on the campus

L-R: The Dean of Science, Prof. B. L. Adeleke; the Registrar-designate, Mr. E. D. Obafemi; the DVC (RTI), Prof. F. A. Oladele and the Director, CREDIT, Prof. (Mrs) Temidayo Oladiji at the training workshop organised by CREDIT last Tuesday

The DVC (RTI), Prof. Oladele, presenting a souvenir to the representative of the guest lecturer, Dr. Mahmoud, during a Public Lecture organised by the Postgraduate Students Association (POGSASS) last Thursday

Members of the POGSASS executive committee in a group photograph with some Deans, DVCs and the guest lecturer after the Public Lecture PHOTOS BY OLUSHOLA OLOWOYEYE


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Emir seeks Unilorin’s partnership with Shonga community (Contd. from front page) He described the programme as a way forward towards a long term relationship between the Shonga community and the University, adding that such a programme could key into the community's agricultural development, which he said is presently undergoing a holistic development. The Emir noted that the presence of the Zimbabwean farmers in the community has boosted its agricultural profile, saying that the community is now a nucleus of agriculture and the epi-centre of cultural growth in the state. Hoping for a future entrepreneurial relationship with the University, Dr. Haliru, who also affirmed that The Emir of Shonga, Dr. Haliru Yahya with the team the community is a centre of good agricultural practice, from the Faculty of Agriculture led by the Dean, Prof Adeloye, during a visit to the Emir's palace urged the University to key into the vision, which he said would serve as part of the University's corporate social Government; Amoyo and Elerinjare, in Ifelodun Local Government; Afon, in Asa Local Government; and responsibility to the community. The Emir described the students as good Lafiagi, in Edu Local Government Area, to assess the ambassadors of the University, pointing out that they progress of the 254 students of the Faculty undertaking had already keyed into the existing Shonga farm their two-week COBES programme in the different locations. initiatives managed by the Zimbabwean farmers. The 2013 programme, just like the previous ones, In his remarks, the Dean of Agriculture, Prof. Adeloye, thanked the Emir, his chiefs and members of was designed to make the students creators of the Shonga community for accepting the students into employment through their experiences and interactions their midst and affording them the opportunity to with the local farmers. With the Dean on the two-day tour were the Subinteract with and learn from the local farmers the practical aspect of what they were taught in the Dean of the Faculty, Dr. J.A. Akangbe; COBES classrooms while also teaching their hosts some modern Coordinator, Dr. G. B. Adesiji; Dr. L. L. Adefalu, Dr. T. H. Aliyu, Mr. T. O. Amusa, Mr. A. Falola, Mrs. V. Ojo techniques of farming. The team had earlier on Tuesday (February 19, and Mr. S.A. Oyeyinka all from the Faculty of 2013) visited Malete Youth Farm in Malete, Moro Local Agriculture.

NSCIA congratulates Christians on Lent By Mubarak Oladosu

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he Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has congratulated the Nigerian Christian community on the commencement of the Lenten season. In a congratulatory message addressed to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the immediate past ViceChancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who wrote on behalf of the President-General of the NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that “it is remarkable that the blessing of the season coincides with the high spirits and joy among Nigerians as a result of the victory of the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, at the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations recently held in South Africa.”

The NSCIA prayed that “as Lent offers an opportunity for spiritual rebirth and rejuvenation just as the football victory is indicative of promise and hope for the nation, God will continue to support you and all Nigerians to attain higher levels of achievement for the progress of our great nation.” The letter, dated February 13, 2013, also reads: “It is a pleasure to congratulate you and indeed through you the entire Christian Community in Nigeria on the auspicious occasion of the beginning of Lent. “I wish Your Grace and our Christian brothers and sisters all over the country a fulfilling spiritual experience during the period and beyond. I also pray that God Almighty continue to increase us all in faith, love and peace to be able to achieve our collective destiny as a single nation committed to His will.”

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How Students can attain perfection in knowledge – Don (Contd. from front page) In the lecture, entitled “The Misunderstood Word in Science: Towards a Technology of Perfect Understanding for All”, the don lamented a situation whereby it is no longer compulsory for senior secondary school students to offer at least one science subject as part of their core subjects. He argued that with the new core subjects being English language, General Mathematics, Computer Science, and Trade/Entrepreneurship, it would be difficult to produce a scientifically literate society devoid of ignorance and diseases. Prof. Abimbola said that Science subjects have lost out in the new senior secondary school curriculum because they are no longer among the core subjects to be offered by all final-year students and that teachercentred methods of teaching science predominate in Nigerian secondary schools. He pointed out that the new system of education does not encourage students to excel in their studies because of its structural defects in setting low standard of performance. The lecturer also noted that Senior School Certificate candidates have consistently been performing poorly overall, but particularly in science subjects, adding that less than 20% of applicants for university admission are usually admitted every year leaving over 80% without admission. Prof. Abimbola said, “A major characteristic of educational policies in Nigeria is policy inconsistency. The policies vary as the Ministers come and go at an alarming rate. For instance, within the last 14 years that

civilian rule was re-introduced in Nigeria, there have been 12 Ministers of Education, which roughly translates to about one Minister per year.” Lamenting the non-availability of recognisable research centres in the country, the former Provost of the Osun State College of Education, Ilesha, stressed that “the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, which should normally be in charge of educational research in Nigeria, is yet to demonstrate sufficient interest in educational research”, adding that “the Institutes of Education in Nigerian universities that should also be centres for research have literally taken over the traditional functions of the Faculties of Education in producing teachers through sandwich and part-time programmes.” The author of over five science education books recommended that all teachers should communicate correct information to their students at all times through well structured written instructional materials such as check sheets or study guides, or courseware, without verbal instruction. He called on the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to resume its training programmes in study technology and make them available to all higher institution teachers. While stressing the need for teachers and other examiners “to deliberately improve the standard of education in the country by increasing the amount and variety of work given to students either as exercises or as tests,” Prof. Abimbola said that by so doing, students would be able to attain perfection in their knowledge.

Students union boosts transportation on campus By Mubarak Oladosu

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n a strategic move to ease transportation on campus, the leadership of the University of Ilorin Students Union has acquired five

tricycles. While speaking with Unilorin Bulletin about the development last Wednesday (February 20, 2013), the President of the Union, Mr. A. O. Aremu, and the Welfare Secretary, Mr. O. A. Cole, said that the tricycle operation is a strategy of breaking the existing monopoly of intra- campus transportation by nonstudents. Mr. Aremu disclosed that the five tricycles, which will be commissioned by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, this Wednesday (February 27, 2013), will begin operation on the same day.

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He noted that the tricycles will cost N10 per “drop” against the N25/N30 per “drop” charged by the transporters on campus. He disclosed that the tricycles do not belong to the leadership of the Students Union rather, they are a commonwealth of all the students and every student has a responsibility to maintain and preserve the tricycles and also report reckless driving for common good, adding that the amount charged is carefully considered. According to Mr. Aremu, “The colour of the Students Union tricycles will be Yellow and Navy Blue for the ease of identification. We implore students to maintain law and order as the queues pile up at the park.” The tricycles will convey students free of charge on Wednesday (February 27, 2013).


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Unilorin ASUU exco gets vote of confidence By Fatima Abubakre

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embers of the University of Ilorin Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have passed a vote of confidence on their Executive Council headed by Prof. Wahab Egbewole following misinformation over a recent ruling of the National Industrial Court. At a well attended Congress last Thursday (February 21, 2013), the Union members overwhelmingly supported the motion for the vote of confidence moved and seconded by prominent members of the union. There was no counter-motion against the vote of confidence motion. Addressing the Congress, the ASUU Chairman, Prof. Egbewole, explained that the National Industrial Court did not sack members of his Executive Council because the Chapter was not a party to the said suit. While hoping that the press would be able to identify and publish the truth, the Union leader explained that the matter was a case between Dr Sa'ad Omoiya, the immediate past Chairman of the Unilorin Chapter of ASUU and the national body of ASUU. Tracing the genesis of the conflict and succession of leadership in the Unilorin ASUU in an interview with Unilorin Bulletin later, Prof. Egbewole said, “This matter started in 2001 when there was a change. We waited for about nine months and ASUU had no leadership and this was creating an opportunity for the Administration to exploit our welfare issues. The body of academics then met and about 50 or so people signed a notice of meeting and they converged. At that meeting, Dr Omotesho (now Prof. Omotesho) was elected Chairman and I was elected Secretary.” He noted that Prof. Omotesho's leadership was followed by that of Dr. Kola Joseph and then Dr. Sa'ad Omoiya. He stated further, “Subsequently, elections were held, where Dr Omotesho, Dr Joseph, and Dr Omoiya became chairmen. I was elected in February 2012 but just before my election, ASUU went to court challenging Dr Omoiya. “The suit was not even challenging the whole of ASUU Unilorin at that time; rather Dr Omo-iya was singled out that he should no longer be the Chairman.

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Unfortunately before the case could be heard, an election was held, after that election they now went with this motion that they are carrying about that Dr. Omoiya should set aside the election. Dr Omoiya said he did not have any power to set aside any election since February 2012 when he was no longer in office as the Chairman. You cannot ask the defendant to set aside any election. That, in a nutshell is how matters came about.” Prof. Egbewole stated that the vote of confidence passed on his leadership by members of the Chapter is humbling and encouraging to him. “We have always known that majority of members of ASUU are in favour of our leadership. The National Industrial Court did not sack our Executive Committee; the impression that was created by a few disgruntled individuals who are not fee paying members of our union is just an expression of their opinion and not what the court has actually said. The court said let the status quo remain, and the argument was that which status quo are you asking to remain; is it the status quo of 2001 or the status quo of when that judgment was given?”, he noted. While maintaining that the ASUU leadership of the University of Ilorin is not averse to working with the national leadership, Prof. Egbewole told the Congress that there has been communication between the Chapter and the national body. “We have started the reconciliation move and we reported at Congress this morning that indeed there was a communication between ASUU Unilorin and ASUU national. The issue has not been concluded, so it is a work in progress. We are not averse to working with the national body”, he said. Prof. Egbewole urged members to be united and discharge their obligations adequately, adding that “Our major concern is to further pursue the interest of our members to ensure that none of our members is short-changed in any form. Our interest is to ensure that the union is not denigrated by anybody; our stand is to ensure that everything that we deserve is given attention.”

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Staff training, key to optimal performance – Ambali By Margaret Innocent

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he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has restated his belief that continuous staff training is a necessity for optimal performance and achievement of goals in any organisation. Prof. Ambali stated this last Tuesday (February 19, 2013) while declaring open a training workshop organised for staff of the University and those of other tertiary institutions in Kwara State by the Centre for Research Development and In-House Training (CREDIT) of the University of Ilorin. The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovations), Prof. F. A. Oladele, said, “No organisation can rise beyond its knowledge level and this has made it necessary for any organisation aspiring to improve its performance to continue to train and retrain its staff. “So you will agree with me that training is one of the most important aspects of human life. We need to improve on ourselves more and more so as to increase productivity and efficiency. Trained employees need less supervision and they develop self-confidence on the job.” He emphasised that the University of Ilorin is poised to advance the knowledge base of its staff as well as those of other tertiary institutions within and outside Kwara State. The Vice-Chancellor said, “One of the roles universities all over the world usually play is to use their wealth of knowledge to influence their immediate society,” adding that “it is against this backdrop that the University of Ilorin is playing host to you here today.” Apart from the University staff in attendance, the training with the theme, “Towards Excellence in Teaching and Research”, was also attended by staff of the Kwara State University, Malete; Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin; and Landmark University, OmuAran. Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Director, CREDIT, Prof. Temidayo Oladiji, stated that the

training session was put together with the aim of extending the knowledge acquired during the workshop for the staff of the University of Ilorin some time last year, to staff of other institutions. Prof. Oladiji said, “This workshop aims at training mid-career academic staff and technologists early enough on the importance of research both as a tool for personal development and also as a key for international recognition. “Also, since our classrooms are becoming increasingly globalised with students from different backgrounds, cultures and academic aptitudes, the best practices globally demand that teachers and instructors coordinate classroom activities in such a way as to ensure knowledge is imparted to everybody. It has therefore become necessary for teachers to adopt new strategies”. In his presentation, entitled “Research as a Tool for Academic Excellence”, Prof. Olugbenga Mokuolu of the Centre for International Education, University of Ilorin, stressed the need for research for effective teaching for any teaching staff. He said, “We must invest in personal development and submit ourselves to the disciplines of training in order to effectively and successfully conduct quality research,” adding that, “there is the need to develop the curiosity that enables you ask research questions. As you interface with your discipline and its impact upon people, we must continue to ask critical questions of what, why, when, where, how and what if?” Other facilitators at the training were Prof. F.A.O. Olasehinde-Williams, Dr. Stephen Olajide, Dr. H.O. Owolabi, and Dr. Rotimi Okunloye, all from the Department of Arts and Social Sciences Education, University of Ilorin who spoke on “Learning and Learning Tools”, “Teaching: Methods for a Mixed Audience”, “Developing Tests for the Assessment of University Students” and “Personal/Professional Development Skills For Academic Staff”, respectively.

Unilorin wins National Inter-Medical School quiz competition By Mustafa Abubakar

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he University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences Students (CHS) has won the Seventh edition of the National InterMedical School Quiz Competition organised by the Editorial Board of Dokita, the first medical journal published in the country by the University of Ibadan. At the competition held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, came second while host

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University, Olabisi Onabanjo University, clinched the third position. Speaking on the competition, the Chairman, Editorial Board of the Journal, Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun, said that the competition was in honour of Professor Emeritus Oladipo Akinkugbe, who incidentally is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, to promote academic excellence and unity among medical students in the country.


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Unilorin vet docs record feat in surgical operation By Margaret Innocent

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eterinary doctors from the University of Ilorin's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine have carried out a successful surgical operation on a striped hyena that suffered perineal trauma. The exhibition of the procedure leading to this surgical feat is expected to be one of the highlights of a clinical seminar being planned by the Faculty for Thursday, February 28, 2013. The surgical operation for the correction of the perineal trauma on the hyena was performed at the University Zoo on January 17, 2013 by a combined team of veterinary doctors from the Faculty, comprising Dr. M. Adams, Dr. Francis Olowoleni and Dr. (Mrs.) M. O. Azeez assisted by other staff. The Clinical Seminar, with the topic: “Surgical Correction of Perineal Trauma in a Striped Hyena”, will be the first to be organised by the Faculty. Meanwhile, the Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. Sulaiman Ambali, has advocated the devotion of

more attention to the care of animals to ensure their comfort and prevent their extinction. Prof. Ambali, who made the call in a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, emphasised that animals are the best source of protein and humans should do all they could to guard against their extinction. The Dean noted that “the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified Nigeria as one of the countries where animal proteins are lacking in our meals, and as such it behoves on Nigerians to rise up to the challenge of sustaining the ecosystem”. On the academic standard of the Faculty, the Dean noted that the Faculty utilises the best curriculum available in line with the standards set by the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). He, however, noted that the curriculum would soon be reviewed in view of the move by the University to add three more departments to the existing seven in the Faculty.

KWASU VC gives recipe for better postgraduate studies By Mubarak Oladosu

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he Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Abdurasheed Na'allah, has called for networking among libraries in Nigerian universities as a way of improving the quality of postgraduate studies in the country. Prof. Na'Allah, who made the appeal at a Public Lecture organised by the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students Association (POGSASS) last Thursday (February 21, 2013), said that inter-varsity library networking is a common practice among public and private universities in the United States of America and students only have to wait for 24 hours before their university library calls them to pick up any material they might have requested for. The KWASU Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Dr. Saka Saidu Mahmud of the Department of Political Science, Kwara State University, said that postgraduate students need good libraries and highly rated universities like the University of Ilorin have to be up-to-date in terms of their library stock. In the lecture, entitled “Education and Globalisation Nexus: Appraising Postgraduate Studies in Local and Foreign Universities”, the ViceChancellor noted that “the post-Cold War era of globalisation is an age of knowledge-driven globalisation making the era an era of survival of the smartest as education, skills and experiences make the

difference between the developed and the underdeveloped world.” Prof. Na'Allah, who is a former member of POGSASS, said, “Postgraduate students find it difficult to have access to data in Nigeria, yet, data is important for development in all societies .” Earlier, in his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. F. A. Oladele, noted that the attention of the International Association of Universities (IAU) had been drawn to the falling standard of postgraduate education around the world and the Association is making moves to check the trend. He noted further that with collaborative research, Africans can solve their own problems. In his welcome address, the Dean of the Postgraduate School, University of Ilorin, Prof. C. O. Bewaji, said that discussion on the topic was timely given that the IAU started a discussion on the changing nature of doctoral thesis at the University of Ilorin a few years ago. Assuring that postgraduate studies in the country would no longer be business as usual, Prof. Bewaji disclosed said that towards this end, the University of Ilorin has introduced a code of conduct form which both postgraduate students and their supervisors have to complete.

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UNILORIN WEEKLY FINANCIAL DIGEST SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 14th February to 21st February, 2013 RECEIPTS Academic Transcript Scroll Order of Proceedings Academic Gown Contractor Registration form Clinic Registration T-Shirt Change of Course Fitness Centre Rent of University property (Shop) Rent of University property (Unilorin Auditorium) Overhead Subvention grants Student I.D. Card/ Lanyard Staff I.D. Card Total Receipts for the Period PAYMENT Payment to contractors/suppliers: Ibironke Technologies Consultancy services Bislaw Engr Ltd ,, Joladia Nig Ltd Construction of Lab complex, Faculty of Science Febab Nig Ltd. Construction of proposed simulation centre Anchor maric Ltd. Construction of multipurpose hall Other Payments: Various i.e, Refund etc Purchase Advance Feb 2013 Salary Dept of Ophthalmology DTLC Dept of Crop Production ,, Dept of Behavioural Science ,, Dept of Library & Information Science ,, Works Dept Street Light Total Payments for the Period

AMOUNT 38,000.00 9,000.00 10,500.00 4,000.00 4,000.00 14,000.00 1,200.00 5,000.00 2,000.00 15,600.00 40,000.00 7,013,362.00 3,000.00 3,000.00 7,162,662.00

302,458.19 4,277,764.05 11,052,777.24 2,385,573.63 43,680,261.75 1,805,280.00 1,034,650.00 384,652,012.50 655,841.19 598,233.40 655,841.19 247,086.42 3,818,750.00 455,166,529.56

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UNILORIN SECONDARY SCHOOL UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN ILORIN Entrance Examination into JSS I (UBE 7) 2013/2014 Academic Session Date of Examination: Saturday, May 18, 2013 Time: 9.00 a.m. Centre: Unilorin Secondary School, Mini Campus, Adewole, Ilorin. Subjects: English Language, Mathematic and General Paper Forms: Application Forms in addition to three years past question papers are obtainable at Unilorin Secondary School, University of Ilorin Mini Campus at the rate of N3,000.00

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public to the 123rd inaugural lecture, entitled “The Misunderstood Word in Science: Towards a Technology of Perfect Understanding for All”, to be delivered by Prof. Isaac Olakanmi Abimbola of the Department of Science Education on Thursday, February 21, 2013. (National Pilot, same date; See also, This Day, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.36J) The management of the University of Ilorin has announced the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi as the Registrar-designate of the institution. ('Council approves Obafemi as University of Ilorin registrar-designate,' The Guardian, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.47) A communiqué of the 2013 first quarterly meeting of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) held in Uyo and signed by a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who is also the Executive Secretary of the body, has been published in several newspapers. ('The 2013-First Quarterly Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) held at the Le Meridian Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, th th Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from 11 to 13 February, 2013', Vanguard, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.47; See also, Daily Trust, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.9; The Nation, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, p.56) Dr Pius Abioje of the University of Ilorin in an opinion article has asserted that those who engage in unwholesome practices to the detriment of others are engaging in acts of cultism while adding that it is wrong to ascribe cultism in Nigerian universities to African Traditional Religion. ('Official cultism in Nigerian universities', The Nation, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.20) A writer, Hajia Jamila Mohammed, has commended the visionary leadership of a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin who is now the current Vice-Chancellor of Nassarawa State University, Prof. Shamsudeen Amali, for re-enacting the stable academic calendar enjoyed by the University of Ilorin at the Nassarawa State University in a published article. ('What I saw at my daughter's university in Keffi', BluePrint Tuesday, February 19, 2013, p.16); See also The Nation, Wednesday, February 20, 2013).


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Some undergraduates of the University of Ilorin listed in an advertisement are among students of tertiary institutions across the country that have benefitted from the MTN Foundation Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme Phase 4. ('MTN Foundation Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme Phase 4', The Punch, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, p.69 and 72) Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities of Nigerian Universities, University of Ilorin chapter have passed a vote of confidence on the Chapter’s Chairman, Prof. Abdulwahab Egbewole and other executives of the union. (‘UNILORIN ASUU’, The Punch, Friday, February 22, 2013, p.12) The University of Ilorin branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities of Nigerian

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Quotes of the Week To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. Henri Bergson What is now proven was once only imagined. William Blake What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Zig Ziglar

If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader. Dolly Parton Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. Seneca

LAUGH LINES

Two graduate students and a professor were walking through a city park and they found an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a spirit came out in a puff of smoke. The spirit said, "I usually only grant three wishes, so I'll give each of you just one." “I first, I first", said the first graduate student. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat with a gorgeous woman sunbathing." Poof and he was gone. "I next, I next", said the second graduate student. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with a professional hula dancer on one side and a lot of wine on the other." Poof and he was gone. "You're next", the spirit said to the professor. The professor said, "I want those guys back in the lab after lunch!”

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“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”, the French thinker and writer, Voltaire (1694 - 1778) famously said. Against the backdrop of a clarion call to falsehood made last week by a desperate character, who is bereft of character or morality according to the Supreme Court of the country, The Alma Mater presents today the editorial of This Day newspaper of Wednesday January 16, 2013 entitled “A word for the ‘Unilorin 49’” verbatim. For those who missed it, the thoughtful editorial is still as relevant as it was last month, for digestion, record and posterity: The 49 lecturers should go back to the classroom to do what they are paid for, please. Last Monday's well-deserved admonition to the reinstated 49 lecturers of the University of Ilorin by the Supreme Court should serve as a cheerful reminder to Nigerians that irresponsible agitation should not become a calling. With the judgement and the rebuke, the Supreme Court tried to refocus those who should be imparting knowledge on our campuses; but who have unwittingly contributed to the decay in the institutions of higher learning across the country. Eight years after they were dismissed by the University authorities, the Supreme Court in 2009 ordered their reinstatement and the payment of their salaries and allowances. In compliance with the judgement, the university promptly paid the lecturers their entitlements. But that did not bring a closure to the saga, as the lecturers began to make demands for sundry payments not covered by the earlier judgement of the apex court. Among others, they were said to have requested for payment for sabbatical for the period they were out of work. They did not stop there. They went on to secure an Order of Garnishee from a high court where N302 million belonging to the university had been attached. In joining issues with the lecturers, the University of Ilorin authorities argued correctly that it had complied with the spirit and the letter of the judgement. It argued further the ruling was being misinterpreted by the lecturers, whose suit was frivolous. The University had also appealed to the recalcitrant recalled lecturers to “settle down to their primary responsibilities of teaching and research and put behind them other distracting activities”.We note with relief that the Justices of the Supreme Court agreed with the University. In the ruling

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last week, Justice Afolabi Fabiyi, a member of the original panel that heard the case, insisted that what the lecturers were asking for did not form part of the court's judgement. “Which sabbatical? Sabbatical when you were not around for eight years? Is it moral for you to be asking for all these?”, asked a visibly angry Justice Fabiyi. We are at pains to say that the attitude of these lecturers has further lent credence to the allegation that many university lecturers care less about the institution they work for and the future of the students they teach. Coming at a time when Nigerian universities ranked poorly compared with their counterparts in Africa, it is this kind of disposition that largely accounts for the deplorable situation on our campuses. Today, for the flimsiest of reasons, our university lecturers would embark on strike such that for a four-year programme, many students end up spending between six to eight years. Yet majority of these graduates are considered unemployable. In its 2011/2012 African Universities Ranking, the International Colleges and Universities rates the University of Lagos (UNILAG) as the best in the country. But our best is number 16th in Africa. Even then, many still believe that the ranking is too generous and that it is a not a reflection of the true state of our universities. The attitude of our academics, among other problems, has led to a most dramatic loss of confidence in Nigerian universities. The affected University of Ilorin lecturers could not be bothered because they are so caught up with agitation and presumed righteous sense of entitlement that they no longer remember that they are employed for specific reasons and to carry out certain tasks as part of an institution. Instead, they set out to cripple the university by grabbing for themselves the funds that were meant for the day- to- day running of the institution. Against the background that University of Ilorin was rated best in Nigeria in 2010/2011, a position it lost to UNILAG in the latest ranking, what these lecturers are doing is clearly indefensible. They should go back to the classroom and stop hopping from one court to another. So when next an academic area boy rationalises an open rebuke and ridiculously peddles absurdities, the appropriate attitude to such trash of anonymous publications should be, as lawyers say, caveat emptor or buyers beware.

Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body. The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage. The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.

To download a copy of UNILORIN BULLETIN weekly, visit: www.unilorin.edu.ng. For all correspondences, send your e-mail to info@unilorin.edu.ng Editor: K. I. Akogun

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