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VOL. 5 NO. 67

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Why Nigerians go abroad for varsity education – Olupona In This Edition v Katibi delivers 126th Inaugural Lecture p.4 v Lawal’s son quits bachelorhood p.4 v Varsity crises can hinder national

POINT BLANK: Prof. Olupona delivering the lecture

development – BUK VC v Okojie decries scholars’ attitude to research v Unilorin VC to deliver Harvard University lecture v Fellowship for visiting scholars + The Alma Mater, Laugh Lines, Hale & Hearty

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renowned Professor of African Religious Traditions from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Jacob K. Olupona, has blamed what he called “the tragic decline in the quality of education” in the country for the high rate at which Nigerians flock to other countries for educational pursuit. Professor Olupona, who holds the twin chair of African and African American Studies as well as African Religious Traditions of Harvard Divinity School, made

this observation last Tuesday (March 19, 2013) while delivering the University of Ilorin Public Lecture entitled, “Rethinking Higher Education in Contemporary Nigeria: Reforms, Challenges and Possibilities”. The erudite professor explained that there is no clearer sign of the decline of the Nigerian universities than the number of students who turn to universities abroad for their education. (Contd. on page 3)

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Professor of Industrial Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Ilorin, David Sunday Ogunniyi, has lamented that despite being a major producer of natural rubber and carbon black, two major raw materials in rubber production, Nigeria has no tyre manufacturing facility. Prof. Ogunniyi made this observation last Thursday (March 21, 2013) while delivering the 125th Inaugural Lecture of the University, under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali. (Contd.on page 4) EDITORIAL BOARD

ERUDITE: Prof. Ogunniyi presenting his 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 Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, reading Prof. Ogunniyi's citation at the Inaugural Lecture last Thursday

The Registrar, Mrs. Oyeyemi, presenting a souvenir to Prof. Olupona after the Public Lecture last Tuesday

The Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, delivering his lecture at the leadership summit organised by Unilorin Students Union last Wednesday

Officials of the Unilorin Postgraduate Students Association and some dignitaries at the POGSASS National Stakeholders Summit last Wednesday

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Prof. and Mrs. Ogunniyi with the VC, Principal Officers of the University and Deans before the Inaugural Lecture

The guest lecturer, Prof. Olupona (middle) with the Vice-Chancellor, former Vice-Chancellors and Principal Officers of the University after the Public Lecture last Tuesday

L-R: KWASU VC, Prof. Na'Allah; LUBCON's CEO, Engr. Ibrahim; former Unilorin VC, Prof. AbdulRaheem; immediate past Unilorin VC, Prof. Oloyede; Unilorin VC, Prof. Ambali; and Bayero University VC, Prof. Rasheed at the summit

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali (left) receiving a survenir from Prof. Wole Adewumi, President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) during a visit to the VC last Thursday.


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‘Time to overhaul Nigerian education system’ (Contd. from front page) He noted that “available statistics suggest that this figure is astronomical, and of course, we know for sure that those who have the means to go abroad are the children of the elite.” Lamenting that “the high demand for education abroad is a response to the poor quality of education we provide at home, as well as the pitiable access to higher education offered in the country”, Prof. Olupona opined that “Nigerians seek to reap the benefits of others' labour without seeking to transform our own institutions into ones that will attract others to Nigeria.” In the incisive and well-received lecture, organised by the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Ilorin, the Walter Channing Cabot Fellow stressed that foreign institutions made sacrifices in building their institutions and advised Nigeria to do the same. In order to correct the decline and rot in the country's education system, Prof. Olupona called for an urgent rethink of public education in the country “as an honorable and worthy goal to pursue.” Wondering why the nation's political leaders would not consider education a significant place to invest for the future of our children, the guest lecturer decried “the situation where education has been so largely relegated to the for-profit sector, as we see in the private universities.” The Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) award winner also advised Nigerian universities to stop bestowing honorary degrees on unqualified individuals, stating that university officials must feel the pulse of both the University Senate and the common people to determine if a citizen deserves such a significant honor. Professor Olupona said, “honoring the undeserving degrades the status of a university's degree and demeans the community of learning”, adding that “such practices send the wrong signals to those in the outside world, who justifiably believe that honorary degrees have become a 'cash and carry' phenomenon in Nigeria.” The multiple award-winning scholar also tasked government to stop appointing politicians who are non-academics into the University Councils, saying that “the ruling government has enough committees on which to place party members, whose job it is to serve the nation.” He pointed out that “partisan politics and the gross negligence of government officials” must not be allowed to ruin the nation's universities and institutions of learning, explaining that “when politicians are appointed as members, or even chairs of University

Councils, they often insist on controlling the governance of these institutions.” He suggested that distinguished educationists, retired Vice-Chancellors, and industrialists should be appointed to serve on the University Councils. “In governance, agriculture, information technology, health, and learning practices, Nigerian institutions have critical roles to play in renewing and re-engineering this nation,” Prof. Olupona said, adding that “We cannot continue to ask for divine intervention alone, as is the common practice in our nation today. Yes, I believe in divine intervention, but human hands have as much of a role to play in our redemption as divine grace”. Earlier in his opening remarks, entitled “Just Before Tomorrow”, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and Chairman at the occasion, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, observed that despite the increasing number of higher educational institutions in the country, there are still problems of access, with the universities unable to cope with the demand for admission yearly. Citing the situation at the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ambali said, 64,121 candidates met the minimum criterion (scoring 200 and above) for the current 2012/2013 admission exercise conducted last year. The Vice-Chancellor said, “Though 43,871 candidates sat for the pre-registration screening exercise, 23,871, which is 54.4% of those who sat for the screening test, passed while the University ultimately matriculated 7,098 students who constitute 29.7% of those who are qualified and 11.10% of those who made the minimum score of 200 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).” Prof Ambali stated that apart from the problems of access, quality, funding and infrastructure, there is also the problem of brain drain through which staff members sent abroad for further training refuse to return home. Among those who attended the public lecture were representatives of the Governors of Ekiti, Niger and Kwara States. The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria University Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, was represented by the former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Prof. O. O. Balogun. Also in attendance were two former ViceChancellors of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Oba AbdulRaheem and Prof. Is-haq Oloyede as well as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah.

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Second-hand tyres are deadly - Ogunniyi (Contd. from front page) He said that although Dunlop and Michelin were previously producing tyres in the country, these two tyre manufacturing companies have since wound up their operations in Nigeria and relocated to the neighbouring countries due to the dearth of the back-up infrastructure. Pointing out that Nigeria ought to be a leading rubber and tyre manufacturer in the world, Prof. Ogunniyi urged the government “to help to restore regular supply of electricity and do all that is possible to bring back these companies and even encourage new ones to start operations in the country”. The don, who also decried the pervasive importation of second-hand tyres in the country, said these “scrap tyres, which hardly last up to 12 months” are a source of “environmental nuisance”. The lecturer lamented that scrap tyres generated each year are sometimes used by rioters as materials for making bonfire, adding that the consequence of this is the thick, acrid, black smoke from burning tyres and a potentially dangerous mixture of gases. “Sometimes, scrap tyres are used to dispense jungle justice such as the reported case of the young men burnt in Aluu, near Port Harcourt, with scrap tyres hung on their necks”, he lamented. The former Director, School of Preliminary Studies, University of Ilorin, however proffered some options for plastic waste disposal. These, according to him, include, their reduction to crumbs by a variety of methods such as cryogenic, irradiation, pulverization, chemical and ultrasonic methods. Prof. Ogunniyi pointed out that these methods have the objective of reducing the materials to crumbs

for re-utilization in commercial products, adding that “rubber can also be pyrolysed in the absence of oxygen to obtain char, gases and oils.” He noted that some of the gases and liquid hydrocarbon obtained may be useful as fuel or valuable chemical feed stocks. While suggesting further ways of disposing tyres, Prof. Ogunniyi said a method of disposing waste tyre is by using them as fuel in cement kilns and this use could account for 20% of energy requirements of a cement factory. He revealed that some cement factories already use scrap tyre for energy generation. The don explained that rubber from waste tyre could be reclaimed by 'devulcanization' or regeneration of the rubber compound to its original plastic state, stressing that “the product can be used as a raw material in the manufacture of rubber goods, with or without mixing with crude rubber or synthetic rubber.” Prof. Ogunniyi however urged government to encourage the recycling of suitable materials from waste, saying this could be pursued by subsidising the collection of wastes and persuading consumers and manufacturers to promote recycled products. He also stressed the need to equip the laboratories in the various institutions of higher learning with adequate teaching and research tools, saying, “Since equipment will become obsolete due to advances in technology, or they may even wear out, provision should be made for their regular replacement”. The don also emphasised that a strong technological base is required in the country’s quest for rapid development”.

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he 126th Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin holds this Thursday (March 28, 2013) at the University Auditorium, beginning from 5.00p.m. prompt. The lecturer is Prof. Ibraheem Adeola Katibi of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences.

The title of the lecture, which holds under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, is “The Choice is Yours but the Burden is Ours”. Members of the University community and the larger public are cordially invited.

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ll roads lead to Offa on Saturday (March 30, 2013) where Mr. Rilwanallah Ifedapo Lawal, son of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Abdulraheem Adebayo Lawal, will be tying the nuptial knots with his heart throb, Miss Azeezat Bisayo Oyeleke. The Nikkah ceremony, which takes place at the ODU Hall, Offa, is expected to commence at 10.00 a.m prompt. All members of the University community are expected.

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Varsity crises can hinder national dev – BUK VC By Olusegun Mokuolu

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he Vice-Chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Prof. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, has decried the multifarious crises bedeviling universities in the country, saying the ugly situation is capable of hindering the development of the nation. Prof. Rasheed made this submission last Wednesday (March 20, 2013) while delivering the keynote address at the first University of Ilorin Students' Union leadership summit themed “Challenges Facing Youths Reaching their Zenith in the 21st Century”. The Bayero University VC, who explained that universities in the country are faced with the problems of access, infrastructure, facilities and low standard, stressed that though the challenges are serious, students have an important role to play in nation building. He reminded the students that they are in the age of knowledge and tasked them to pursue scientific knowledge, which he said holds the hope for the country. Prof Rasheed, who is a former Managing Director of the New Nigerian newspaper, commended the students for putting up a leadership summit and for producing an academic journal. Describing the students' action as an indication that the days of destructive unionism are over, the erudite Professor of English described the students as being thoughtful, disciplined and purposeful. “You have shown that there is hope for this country”, he stated. Earlier in his welcome address, entitled “Keep Hope Alive”, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, advised the students to make the best use of their time, saying, “This is important because if what you only use today's age for is to waste your time in unproductive pastime, browsing all night on internet-enabled phone, watching TV all day long, updating your status every minute on Facebook, following every celebrity on Twitter, loading meaningless videos recorded by your restless fingers on Youtube, posting every photograph you take on Flicker, pinging your life away on Blackberry or always busy

downloading and listening to empty lyrics from Yahoo and other sites or registering your presence on every available social network site, you are short-changing yourself and ruining your future.” Prof. Ambali charged the students to engage in continuous learning, adding that the leadership summit was an indication that the students are on the right path. The Vice-Chancellor noted that the innovativeness of the summit and the choice of the honourees and award recipients are clear indicators that the students have come of age and have really proved that they are leaders of today and tomorrow. A high point of the programme was the presentation of awards to some prominent Nigerians and the unveiling of the students' academic journal in honour of a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem. Others honoured at the occasion were Prof. AbdulRasheed Na'Allah, Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University, Malete and Dr. Bola Olaosebikan, a former Commissioner for Health in Kwara State. The Chairman of the occasion and immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede, in his remarks, said that the recipients of the awards presented at the event were worthy citizens. The former Vice-Chancellor and ex-President of the Association of African Universities (AAU) enjoined the students to meditate on Prof. Ambali's speech, which, he noted, was “very instructive.” Expressing his happiness that the students were not launching a magazine or almanac but an academic journal, Prof. Oloyede canvassed the inclusion of students in the Council and Senate of Nigerian universities. In his response, the chief award recipient, Prof. AbdulRaheem said that the award given to him is an honour for all the students, describing the occasion as a celebration of life passage for the students. He then commended the students for their thoughtfulness and foresight.

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Name Adedibu, Mosudi Bolaji

Department Counsellor Education

Title “Socio-cultural Beliefs, Peer Modeling and Attitude of Nigerian Undergraduates Towards Materialism”

Date & Time March 27 , 2013 10.00 a.m.

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Okojie decries scholars' attitude to research By Mubarak Oladosu

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he Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, has decried the nonchalant attitude of some Nigerian academics to research despite their awareness that it is a vital component of a true academic career. Prof. Okojie made the observation last Wednesday (March 20, 2013) at the first National Stakeholders' Summit on Postgraduate Research in Nigeria organised by the University of Ilorin Postgraduate Students Association (POGSASS). While presenting his paper, entitled “Promoting Scholarship Through Postgraduate Studies Theses Award: The NUC Approach”, the NUC boss, who was represented by Prof. Nancy Agbe, former ViceChancellor of the University of Mkar, Mkar, Benue State, noted that the fact that University research is indispensable for national development makes it necessary for all hands to be on deck to attain best practices in research. He lamented that professors who should be mentors in research have either dropped their scholarly acumen or are uninterested in carrying out research. Prof. Okojie also posited that on their part, young academics are often either pursuing material things or they are not goal-oriented while no one seems to be interested in making a name for himself or herself through scientific discoveries. The NUC boss disclosed that in its efforts towards promoting research, the Commission introduced the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Theses Award Scheme (NUDTAS) to promote best practices among Universities. He said, “NUDTAS was borne out of the desire to encourage postgraduate scholarship and create a culture whereby universities and indi?iduals will invest

their intellect and time in research, given its critical role in nation building”. He noted that “it is unfortunate that statistics shows that only very few universities have been participating since 2001.” Prof. Okojie pointed out that “as at 2009, only 16 universities had produced NUDTAS awardees with Federal Universities accounting for 93 per cent and state universities 7 per cent of NUDTAS awardees. Private Universities have not produced NUDTAS awardees. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos and the University of Ilorin account for 60.8 per cent of the 93 per cent participation by Federal Universities”. In his remarks, the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Y. M. Fakunle, noted that the summit was an evidence that the Postgraduate Students of the University of Ilorin are leaders of today and they are ready to take the mantle of leadership tomorrow. In his own presentation at the event, the Dean of the Postgraduate School, University of Lagos, Professor Obinna L. Chukwu, opined that the challenges of living and nationhood which are palpable in Nigeria provide the ready raw materials which postgraduate researchers need to function. Prof. Chukwu, who was represented by the SubDean of the Postgraduate School, University of Lagos, Dr. Emmanuel Adedun, posited that “If indeed research is to find solutions to identified problems, then there are enough problems in Nigeria that should attract the attention of postgraduate students in all fields and specialisations.”

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his is to inform members of the University community that the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ilorin, is now open to the general public for clinical and consultancy services at the Permanent Site of the Faculty (former University of Ilorin Secondary School). The opening hours are as indicated below: Daily: Monday – Sunday Time: 8.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. For emergency (24 hours) call 08033902046, 08033119763, 08035836909 Sgd. Dr. J. O. Aiyedun Sub-Dean

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Unilorin VC to deliver Harvard University lecture By Olusegun Mokuolu

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he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has been invited to deliver a lecture at the prestigious Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. This was disclosed last Tuesday (March 19, 2013) by a Professor of African and African American Studies, Jacob Kehinde Olupona, when he visited the Vice-Chancellor shortly before delivering the University of Ilorin public lecture. Prof. Olupona, who did not give details of the date of the proposed lecture, informed the ViceChancellor that some prominent Nigerians including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, as well as the Governors of Niger, Osun and Ekiti States, had earlier been to Harvard to deliver similar lectures. He expressed his delight that he was returning to the city where, he said, he began his foray into the academia during his National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) assignment in 1975, saying, “It is a great honour to be back and to deliver this lecture”. The Harvard scholar of indigenous African religions informed the Vice-Chancellor that most of the best graduating students from Harvard University are from Nigeria and tasked the administration to intensify effort at putting in place a strategic plan for fund raising to improve the standard and quality of education in the country.

Welcoming the Harvard don to the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ambali said that it is part of the Federal Government agenda to attract Nigerians in diaspora to return to the country and help with its manpower development. The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that he was looking forward to partnering with the prestigious Harvard University in a manner that would be mutually benefitting. He submitted that the University of Ilorin has students from all the 36 states of the federation, adding that the host city is cosmopolitan in nature and called on Nigerians outside the country to visit the city with the assurance that the city is very safe and the people are accommodating. The Vice-Chancellor also noted that for any meaningful academic progress to be made, universities must create conducive atmospheres for learning. He stated that universities should not pride themselves only in the numbers of students they are turning out but on the marketability of the students outside the walls of the universities. Prof. Ambali said, “We want to graduate from a developing world to a developed world. It is sad that in the last ten years, we have drawn back. That is the reason why we have the Centre for International Education (CIE) to bridge the gap between us and the rest of the world”.

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he United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia, invites applicants for Visiting Scholar Fellowships for 2013/2014 (June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014). A small amount of stipends of $20,000 - $40,000 (AUD) will be available for academics taking leaves from their home institutions and wishing to spend 1-12 months at the US Studies Centre, the funds are meant to supplement sabbatical or other salaries. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2013 for visits to begin as early as June 2013. The criteria for selection include demonstrated evidence of first-rate scholarship on any aspect of American or U.S. studies; potential synergies with academic staff affiliated with the Centre; and willingness to interact with the larger Australian academic community. For more information, interested academics should please visit: http://www.research-africa.net/funding/opportunity/1298144/ and http://www.isa-sociology.org/pdfs/fellowships_for_visiting_scholars_sydney.pdf

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UNILORIN WEEKLY FINANCIAL DIGEST

SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS & PAYMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 14th to 21st March. 2013 RECEIPTS Academic Transcript Scroll Order of Proceedings Academic Gown Clinic Registration Change of Course T-Shirt Contractor Registration form Contractor Registration Fees Verification of Result Rent of Shop (UPMB) Housing Loan Form Payslip Printout Student I.D. Card/ Lanyard Remedial Acceptance Fitness Centre Postgraduate Charges Add & drop Total Receipts for the Period PAYMENT Payment to Contractors/Suppliers: Adecon Nig Ltd Office Equipment Detail Computer Tech. Maintenance of office equipment DHL International Nig. Ltd Courier Services Samad Imported Furniture Supply of furniture RosaketGlobal Ventures Supply of furniture IAS Cargo Airlines Courier Services Other Payments: Various i.e. Refund etc. Purchase Advance Mariam K. Sulaiman SDA Overseas Post Graduate 2012/2013 Student Charges Faculty of Engr & Tech. External Examiner Honorarium Unilorin Teaching Hospital Med expenses on student Centre for Ilorin Studies 1ST Annual National Conference Unilorin Teak Plantation Teak Caxton-Martins Mrs Burial Expenses March 2013 Salary Total Payments for the Period Signed AYO SIJUWOLA BURSAR

AMOUNT 88,000.00 9,750.00 14,250.00 9,250.00 2,500.00 1,025,000.00 2,200.00 3,000.00 10,000.00 11,000.00 24,000.00 1,000.00 7,350.00 12,836,600.00 2,920,000.00 48,000.00 217,800.00 183,000.00 17,420,300.00

63,700.00 10,290.00 79,940.97 85,260.00 2,844,760.00 85,628.48 7,723,243.12 1,530,420.00 7,401,333.33 33,083,500.00 994,585.00 116,670.00 179,968.00 1,000,500.00 200,000.00 445,035,606.16 500,435,405.06

GOOD GRAMMAR ? Write: Disruption of... Congress on the orders of ... Don't write: Disruption of... Congress on orders of... ? Write: Their promotions were denied or they were denied promotions. Don't write: Their promotions were taken away

from them (Yoruba English) ? Write: The mouths of some hawks apparently started watering. Don't write: The mouth of some hawks apparently started

watering. ? Write: They should simply steer clear. Don't write: They should simply stay clear.

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Name Akanbi Jimoh, M.H. Gbadeyan, Florence O. Salau, Abdul S. Okojie, Rebecca A. Opakunle, Falilat T. Obiremi, Joel A. Olademo, Oyeronke Amusa, Margaret O. Alabi. AbdulGaniyu F. Olatinwo, Abdulwaheed O.

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New Appointments Name Professor J. A. Olorunmaiye

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Dr. R. B. Bale

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Appointment Chairman, Unilorin Central Teaching and Research Workshop Ag. Principal Unilorin Upper Basic School Ag. Head of Department

Effective Date With Immediate Effect 11 th February, 2013

With Immediate Effect

Renewal of Appointment Name Dr. A. A. Adeoye

Department Performing Arts

Appointment Effective Date Ag. Head of Department 20th March 2013

Directorate of Human Resources Updating of staff data for the production of smart ID card Following the University Management's directive on the production of new I. D. cards for staff and students, it has been observed that staff records have not been properly updated as the following data are missing in some staff's records. i) Picture ii) Signature iii) Staff's present designation

In view of the above, all staff are hereby advised to visit the University portal with a view to updating their Portal and ensuring that the above items of information are included in their records. Kindly note above for due compliance. Thank you. Sgd. M. S. Adegoke for: Registrar

LAUGH LINES

A wife and her husband, both 60 years old, were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary one day. During their party, a fairy appeared to congratulate them and announced that each of them had been granted one wish. The wife said she wanted to travel around the world. The fairy waved her wand and poof – the wife had tickets in her hand for a world cruise. Next, the fairy asked the husband what he wanted. He said, "I wish I had a wife 30 years younger than me." So, the fairy picked up her wand and poof -- the husband was 90.

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Ø The Registrar-designate of the University of Ilorin, Mr. E.D. Obafemi, has revealed in a personality interview that he owes his appointment to God. ('Obafemi: A Registrar by Providence, A Referee by Passion', The Guardian, Saturday, March 16, 2013, p.25) Ø A former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin chapter, Dr Sa'ad Omoiya, has implored the Federal Government not to do anything that would make Nigeria a pariah nation. ('Alamieyeseigha: Dons warn FG against face-off with US', The Punch, Monday, March 18, 2013, p.18) Ø A consultant paediatrician with the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr M.A.N. Adeboye, has called for extensive research in order to achieve a full understanding of euthanasia in Africa. ('Consultant seeks more studies on euthanasia', National Pilot, Monday 18-20, March 2013, p.4) Ø The Director, Centre for Ilorin Studies, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Oladosu, has enjoined the Government to put in place programmes that would ensure socio-political stability, facilitate wealth creation and eradicate poverty, ignorance and diseases among the people ('Nigeria should prepare for worse - Don', National Pilot, same date, p.28); See also, 'Nigerians must repent to avert nation's collapse-Don', The Herald, Friday, March 22, 2013, p.19) Ø The University of Ilorin has invited the general public to its 125th inaugural lecture, “My Adventure with Polymers”, to be delivered by Prof. David Sunday Ogunniyi of the Department of Chemical Engineering on Thursday, March 21, 2013. ('Inaugural Lecture', The Herald, Monday, March 18, 2013, p.13T, See also, The Guardian, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, p.VII) Ø The University of Ilorin is among the selected universities across the country that would receive students relocated from the Faculty of Engineering University of Abuja because the latter's unresolved, accreditation challenges. ('UniAbuja Engineering students get new universities', The Herald, same date, p.15, See also, 'UNIABUJA students reject transfers to other varsities, cite security challenge as major reason', National Mirror, Thursday, March 21, 2013, p.19) Ø The Students' Representative Council of the University of Ilorin has suspended the Students'

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March 25, 2013 Union President, Abdulmalik Aremu, and some members of the Executive Council over allegations of financial irregularities in the purchase of tricycles for transportation on campus. ('UNILORIN SRC suspends union leaders', Daily Sun, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, p.34) Ø Some students of the University of Ilorin have complained about the poor results in two general courses written during the harmattan semester examination in a news report. ('Mass failure worries UNILORIN students', Daily Sun, same date, p.32) Ø The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has decried the high maternal mortality rate in the country while calling on the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN), to make efforts to check the situation. ('UNILORIN VC expresses worry over maternal mortality rate', The Guardian, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, p.9) Ø A royal father who is also an alumnus of the University of Ilorin, Oba Abdulazeez Adeshina, has attributed his selection and coronation as the King of Agbeku to the knowledge he acquired as a student at the University of Ilorin. ('Unilorin contributed to my selection-Oba', Nigerian Tribune, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, p.47) Ø A photograph of the Dean of Students Affairs of the University of Ilorin, Prof. A. O. Omotesho, with some officials of Etisalat Nigeria at a seminar during the Etisalat Cliqfest held at the University of Ilorin has been published. (The Punch, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, p.33) Ø While delivering the 124th inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Yekeen Abiola Abayomi of the Department of Agronomy has proffered solutions to addressing food insecurity in Nigeria. ('How Nigeria can attain food sufficiency', Daily Trust, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, p.26) Ø A leading mobile network service provider, Etisalat, has brought a motivational speaker, Niyi Adesanya, to motivate students of the University of Ilorin on the opportunities and challenges in the Nigerian labour market. ('Etisalat takes motivational speaker to UNILORIN', Nigerian Tribune, Thursday, ,March 21, 2013, p.14); See also ‘Etisalat Cliqfest rocks Unilorin’, The Guardian, Friday, March 22, 2013, p.37) Ø The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has identified lack of (Contd. on page 11)


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problems confronting Nigerian graduates. ('Graduates' problems', The Punch, Thursday, March 21, 2013, p.12, See also, 'BUK VC: Nigerian graduates lack skills to succeed', The Nation, Thursday, March 21, 2013, p.57; See also, 'Nigerian varsities facing infrastructure problem', The Herald, Friday, March 22, 2013, p.2) The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Ø Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, while speaking at the first leadership summit organised by the Students' Union of the institution, has enjoined students to be hardworking and disciplined in order to surmount challenges presented by the contemporary environment. ('Ambali tasks youth on knowledge acquisition', National Pilot, Thursday, March 21-24, 2013, p.27) The Chairman, House of Representatives Ø Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, will deliver a lecture entitled “Leadership Challenges: Tightening the Seat belt from Schools”, at the University of Ilorin. ('Zakari Moh'd for Unilorin lecture 'morrow', National Pilot, same date, p.27)

Science, University of Ilorin, Dr Emmanuel Ojo, has stated in an interview that the Nigerian Bar Association is not doing enough in the fight against corruption. ('Don flays NBA on fight against corruption', National Pilot, same date, p.28) Ibrahim Alamu, a 200 level student in the Ø Department of Arts and Social Science Education, University of Ilorin, has written on the problems of cultism in Nigerian tertiary institutions. ('Cultism: A scourge of tertiary education', The Nation, Thursday, March 21, 2013, p.35) The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Ø Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has advised Nigerians to stop celebrating mediocrity and immorality in order to restore moral values in the society. ('VC seeks restoration of moral values', Nigerian Tribune, Friday, March 22, 2013, p.40) The review of a book, 'Mind Mantra', written by Ø Mubarak Oladosu, a staff of the Directorate of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, has appeared in a newspaper.('Mind Mantra, beautiful poetry', National Mirror, Friday, March 22, 2013, pp.22 & 23)

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hile reflecting on what to fill this page with last Friday morning after I reached a decision to annul what was meant for it earlier (I'll explain why shortly), the news of the demise of the father of modern African literature, a David and Marriana Fisher University Professor and Professor of African Studies at Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, Prof. Chinua Achebe, hit me like a thunderbolt through a fortuitous ping on BlackBerry last Thursday (March 21, 2013). The admirable scholar and infectious writer died at the age of 82 at a Boston hospital in Massachusetts, USA. Only two weeks ago, I quoted him on this page, saying he needed no introduction, not knowing that I would have to do a requiem for him so soon. Late Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria on November 16, 1930 and debuted as a novelist with the worldacclaimed Things Fall Apart (1958), which has sold 12 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. I wrote elsewhere in 2010 that “Achebe is considered a superb storyteller, a gifted poet, an insightful literary critic, and a brilliant cultural commentator whose phenomenal career as a professional writer spans five decades. He is reputed by the London Sunday Times as one the '1,000 makers of the Twentieth Century' and has received numerous honours among which are the Jock Campbell Award for Literature (1964), the Commonwealth poetry Prize (1972), the Nigerian National Merit Award (1979) and over a dozen honourary doctorates.” He became an Emeritus Professor of English in 1985. Apart from his several novels, poems and critical essays, he also published The Education of a British Protected Child (2009) and just recently, There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (2012), the latter of which received vicious criticisms, including personal attacks and ballistic verbal missiles, by our ethnic irredentists on the speculation that he criticised Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Yet, as the sun could not be smeared by their sticky mud, Achebe's reputation only soared throughout last year on account of the book and till he breathed his last. He is survived by his wife, Prof. Christie Achebe, four children and a number of grandchildren. Adieu, Professor Emeritus Albert Chinualumugu Achebe!

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reinstated Senior Lecturers in the Department of English, have resorted to the same infamy through the said medium. While ingratiating themselves with the name of a group that the University had integrated such that no one has any problem with many of the few on ground, the two carrion-characters have, as if under an irrevocable curse, resorted to the same antics. Neglecting the time-honoured submission of Albert Einstein that the “definition of insanity is to be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”, they use banal language and embark on a futile character assassination mission against this columnist. But as T. M. Aluko would render a Yoruba proverb in his Kinsman and Foreman (1966), I repeat, “Has the eternal Creator not completed His great work of creating us before the Destroyer appeared on the scene? And when the Destroyer appeared on the scene, were we not already safe in the strong arms of the Mender and the Repairer?” While in deference to the advice of “just leave them” and appeal from various quarters, I discard my earlier two-part, strongly-worded riposte to their ribaldry, I need to state that I hate no one though I have opinions on issues, like every other person. In fact, they would like to know, if I had hated them (I only disapprove of their method and sense of judgment, including punishing students for no fault of theirs by “arresting” their (un)graded examination scripts), I wouldn't have contributed to their survival through special "check-offs" from my salary as a staff member of another Nigerian university during the early period of the saga. This column also needs to state that the use of such terms as “fraudster”, “notorious”, “garbage”, “hack”, “mindless”, “evil” and all other words in the thrash under reference belongs to the semantic field of how they had been described in the past by their colleagues and they should not transfer the words elsewhere. Since I started writing a weekly column, beginning with a Lagos-based national daily exactly ten years ago, I had become accustomed to having occasional spats that every serious-minded columnist has experienced. I am not bothered in the least by their risible ruse. As a matter of fact, I have on record the apology of a comrade and kinsman of theirs, a back-page columnist of a national newspaper, and his tactical withdrawal from harassing the “alma mater” (i.e. the University of Ilorin) when we engaged in a “friendly cross-fire”. Therefore, I am not new to column/opinion writing and I am not new to receiving verbal attacks in print; I apologise for having to disclose this part of me to the respected readers of this column who didn't know. So, my attitude to the attacks is captured by Prof. Wale Osisanwo in one of his books, Introduction to Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics (2008) that “If every domestic, social or official interaction went on smoothly, peacefully without arguments, abuses or even insults once in a while, human development would not have advanced to the present level. Hence, it is normal to have “attacks” once in a while on one's public self-image, even though everybody wants his public self-image to be respected.” It is thus in the light of advancing human development that the grammatical errors in their current “carrion”, a good material for error analysis, will be serving as a source for the “Good Grammar” box of this publication for the current and next editions. I now rest my case.

t a press conference addressed by several academic staff of the University of Ilorin on January 26, 2001 to dissociate themselves from a strike action institituted by the then ASUU leaders, who the concerned dons said “bulldozed their way into the Union's leadership”, the lecturers made exception to the “rude language”, “confrontational attitude” and “personal agenda” of the infamous ASUU leadership. The University lecturers also revealed the “inappropriate qualifications by the holier-thanthou ASUU's clique” and their morbid quest “to use the Union platform to get promotion” while trading “perfidy” and “lies”. In the Nigerian Tribune of March 13, 2001, p.5, the same lecturers who signed their names under the “Concerned Academic Staff” of the University also decried how the “Union's … media organ, The Clarion, has been desecrated and given a carrion image”. Twelve years after, the same elements, precisely two ? The Gmail logo was designed the night before it was launched. AST FACTS FILE Did you know?

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