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Ambali seeks concerted effort to develop Africa

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has decried the incessant blame on the colonialists for Africa's underdevelopment, saying that Africans should rather reach a unanimous decision to seek ways of utilising the continent's remaining resources for developmental purpose.


Prof. Ambali stated this last Wednesday (July 19, 2017), in his address at the 8th International Students' Day and Public Lecture, organised by the Centre for International Education (CIE), University of Ilorin.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji, noted that “Africa has the largest reserves of precious metals in the world, with over 40% of gold reserves, 60% of cobalt and 90% of platinum. There are abundant oil deposits that can be converted to wealth and benefit the majority.”

Stressing that developing Africa is a shared responsibility between its leaders and its people, Prof. Ambali stated that bad leadership has made it uneasy for some, especially the vulnerable ones living in poverty, adding that in many African countries, the needy and neglected people are subjected to harsh living conditions and this needs to change because “we cannot be without them”.

The Vice-Chancellor submitted that to develop Africa, “a unanimous decision of providing for the needy and avoiding greed must be reached” because a privileged few has been stealing the commonwealth and if this continues, development will be a mirage, adding that there are enough resources to take care of everyone's need if only people shun corruption.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director of CIE, Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim, disclosed that the students have improved greatly compared to the previous year, adding that the Centre produced the best Accounting student in 2016 and the students have been engaging in innovative projects that will develop Africa.

In his address, the President of the Unilorin International Students Association (UISA), Comrade Kaba Musa, appreciated the University administration for giving the Association a platform for cultural integration. He noted that the presence of the Guest Speakers is an advantage for the students and Africa as a whole as they would speak on topics that are paramount to the existence of humanity.

Among other dignitaries present were the representative of the University Bursar, Mr Isaac Ogunbiyi; a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Issa Fakunle; former Directors of CIE, Prof. A. Omotosho and Prof. O. Mokuolu; the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. A. Abdussallam; a representative of the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Isiaka Gold; the Olola of Olla, Oba (Dr.) Stephen Billy Olajide; as well as staff and students of the University.

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