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Sulaiman Ibraheem Yusuf
27-07-2016 21:23:00 +0000
Against the backdrop of the ongoing controversy
surrounding universities’ admission exercise for the
2016/2017 academic session, the Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has
called on the Federal Government and the Joint Admission
and Matriculations Board (JAMB) to soft-pedal and grant
the country’s universities the liberty to admit candidates
through their respective in-house rules..................... Prof. Ambali, who made the call last Tuesday (July 19,
2016) while fielding questions on a weekly Yoruba current
affairs programme on Unilorin 89.3 FM, “Oro t’onlo”,
pointed out that the fact that the various universities are
successfully running remedial and postgraduate
programmes is a positive indication that they could equally
handle undergraduate admission processes without much
The Vice Chancellor however disclosed that the University
would soon release the modalities for its Post-UTME
Prof. Ambali said that the University had concluded
arrangements to conduct the screening by August, as all the
lecturers would have concluded the ongoing Second
Semester examinations, adding that this would give them
ample time to supervise the screening.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that about 103,000
candidates subscribed for just 10,000 spaces in the
University this year, adding that those whose scores are
within the cut-off marks set by JAMB are expected to take
part in the screening exercise.
Prof. Ambali expressed hope that the University’s on-going
discussion with the National Universities Commission (NUC)
would yield positive result and lead to the increment of
Unilorin’s current carrying capacity.
The Vice-Chancellor, who also spoke on the need for
Nigerian universities to have a sense of direction, said that it
is high time for each Nigerian University to specialise in a
particular field and ensure a steady production of graduates
in specialised areas like Agriculture, Engineering,
Technology and several others..................
He pointed out that such graduates would then serve as
ready-made drivers of the economy in their various chosen
careers upon their graduation.........................
On plans by the University authority to provide students with
more conducive environment, the Vice Chancellor disclosed
that the institution had put up more hostel accommodation
to be able to keep most students on campus.
Prof. Ambali pledged the readiness of the University
authority to purchase two additional buses to augment the
existing school buses so as to ease the transportation
challenges facing the students.....................
The Vice-Chancellor noted that the recent signing of a
Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Scott Farms
Limited; the US based Arrow Capital Company Limited and
several other collaborative efforts with foreign companies
would further boost the University’s growth and
Prof. Ambali said that the collaboration between the
University and Scott Farms Limited will provide a watershed
for the University as it would afford the students in the
relevant fields to acquire basic and fundamental practical
knowledge in terms of storage of agricultural produces,
preservation, and other processes of mechanized farming,
as well as provide job opportunities for the teeming
unemployed youths in the country........................
He described the recently commissioned Engineering
Research Centre, donated to the University by the Nigeria
Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited, as a laudable and
The Vice Chancellor reiterated his commitment to continue
to make staff welfare a top priority while also making the
provision of sound and qualitative education for the
students a categorical imperative..................
He, however, called on the staff of the University to continue
to be dedicated to their duties, adding that the giant strides
recorded in the past 16 years by the University would not
have been possible if not for the hard work, dedication and
commitment of the generality of the staff.
He also enjoined the students to continue to be law abiding
and put great interest in their studies and be creative so as
to enable them become employers of labour rather than job
seekers after their graduation.