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Ambali lauds FG's support for Unilorin

Jul 21, 2017 06:15PM

The Vice-chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for supporting the University with almost N2 billion through the NEEDS assessment fund that enabled the University to embark on various projects meant to ensure good and quality education for its students.

 

Prof. Ambali made the commendation penultimate Saturday (July 8, 2017) when a team of federal legislators and traditional rulers, led by Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, visited him in his office. 

The Vice-Chancellor also applauded the leadership of the Unilorin Students' Union for its effort and contribution in bridging the gap between town and gown, as well as ensuring that the University remains relevant to the community within which it is situated and the nation at large.

The visitors were in the University at the instance of the institution's Students' Union on the occasion of its Leadership Summit organised in honour of Senator Ibrahim.

Prof. Ambali stated that the effort of the University in providing high quality education and good facilities is glaring, and, according to him, this is why “both our staff and students continue to be good ambassadors of the University”.

The Vice-Chancellor added that “this also explains why for the past 17 years, the University of Ilorin has not gone on strike. It is on the basis of this that parents and students continue to put the University as their first choice of tertiary education in Nigeria”.

Prof. Ambali added that for the past four years, the University has consistently been the number one destination for admission seekers, pointing out that “in the last three years, the University has had over 100,000 applicants each year even though it has the capacity to admit just 10,000 applicants”.

Explaining that the University has to abide by the allocated quota for admission, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that if access, in terms providing more facilities that will enable the institution admit more students is improved upon, the University will also be able to expand its programmes and facilities to accommodate more admission seekers.

He then noted that although there are some recreational facilities for the students, the University will be happy if more are provided “because we try to inculcate the habit of taking holidays when necessary. Also, we want the students to have their own Senate Chamber because we try to inculcate the concept of democracy into them. We only have the student executive chamber for now.”

The Vice-Chancellor also noted that the University needs more accommodation for the students in order to monitor them properly and ease stress, adding that “when we came in four and half years ago, only 3,000 students were accommodated on campus but now, we have almost 10,000 accommodated on campus and we appreciate those that have been part of making this happen.”

Commenting on the Student's decision to honour Senator Ibrahim, Prof. Ambali congratulated the Kwara South representative at the Upper Chamber for being singled out to be worthy of recognition, noting that it is obvious that the students made the right choice seeing that he is a man of the people.

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