Vice Chancellor Urges Government to declare Emergency in education
The Vice Chancellor of University Ilorin Professor Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN made the call at the 37th and 38th Convocation Ceremonies of the University held at the University Main Auditorium Ilorin, Kwara State
Prof. Egbewole said “education sector in this country, particularly, higher education, has suffered avoidable setbacks in the recent past leading to brain drain”
“Our institutions need more hands to deliver on its mandates and funds for serious academic works, researches and collaborations for desired outputs. We wish to assure Mr. President that we will not rest on our oars for advancement and cutting-edge researches aimed at development and community engagement.
“We will continue the legacy of academic excellence and prepare our students to be the leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers of tomorrow.” He added
He however urged the graduands to critically, think without a box, be open-minded, and collaborate with others to find solutions to the complex issues.
“Your education at the University of Ilorin has prepared you for this, and I have no doubt that you will rise to the challenges.” He said
He urged parents and guardians to continue to be the pillars of strength and encouragement to their children
“To our esteemed alumni, I celebrate your achievements and the legacies you have left behind. Your accomplishments serve as an inspiration and a testament to the quality of education provided by the great University of Ilorin.
“I urge you to continue to support and mentor our graduands, for your guidance and experience will be invaluable as they navigate the challenges of the world beyond the university walls.” He added
“I am proud to announce that our university has achieved remarkable milestones in terms of ranking, both nationally and internationally. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students. In a demonstration of our strong determination of becoming the best in Nigeria, our university has moved up the ranking ladder of leading ivory towers in Nigeria and for the 10th consecutive year, we again topped the list of most sought-after University in the country for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).”
“The University continued to enjoy the support of TETFUND as an intervention fund of ₦954,732,123.00 was allocated to the University by TETFUND for year 2023 to cover eleven (11) specific areas. Equally, the University received TETFund award of Five Hundred Million (₦500,000,000.00) hostel accommodation for our students and Two Hundred Million (₦200,000,000.00) for Zonal Interventions
. The University is using the funds to execute different projects.Research and innovation are the lifeblood of our institution.” He said
” A total of 14,477 students will be convoking for the 37th Convocation Ceremonies. In the First Degree/Diploma category, we have 211 First Class, 4,143 Second Class (Upper Division), 6,570 Second Class (Lower Division), 1,742 Third Class and 30 Pass.
The 37th Convocation Ceremonies also include 151 MBBS graduands, 73 Nursing graduands, 18 Optometry graduands, 43 Veterinary Medicine graduands, and 12 graduands with Distinction and 27 graduands with Pass in Pharmacy. In summary, the University will be graduating 13,020 for First Degrees/Diplomas. Furthermore, the total number of Higher Degrees to be awarded at the 37th Convocation Ceremonies is 1,457. Out of this figure, there are 75 Postgraduate Diplomas, 976 Masters from various Faculties, 88 Professional Masters’s Degrees, and 318 PhDs. The breakdown of the First Degrees/Diplomas and Higher Degrees graduating students at the 37th Convocation Ceremonies is presented in the table on the last page.As I remarked in my press briefing on Wednesday, October 18, 2023,” he added
Earlier, in his convocation lecturer entitled: ” Modernity, Modernization and Values Professor Toyin Falola, a Professor of History at the Department of History, University of Texas, Austin, United States of America highlighted the importance of values in the face of rapid modernization.
He emphasised the need to preserve the nation core ethical and moral principles while adapting to the changing world and to an institution.
” Don’t throw away value for modernisation without value leadership will not going to work, everything we talk about reflect value” he said
“We must be very careful on what we copy, we should be careful of what we take” he added
He also stressed the need to respect elders
We should respect elders, we should not throw value away” he added
He also stressed the need to create new discipline institutions that will take care the need of challenges.
He Urged the graduands, students not to ruin their names, name of their parents and institution and be a good ambassador of the institution