As he gradually rounds off his tenure, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has reiterated his commitment to handing over a better institution than he inherited five years ago to his successor.
Prof. Ambali, whose five-year tenure ends on October 15, 2017, disclosed this in an exclusive interview published in the latest edition of an education-focused newsmagazine, The 6334 Reporters.
The Vice-Chancellor noted that his administration had done its best towards sustaining the legacies of the founding fathers of the University and also succeeded in maintaining an uninterrupted academic calendar as well as ensuring peace on campus.
Prof. Ambali said, “I have ensured that there is peace and that the majority of the people are satisfied as it is impossible to satisfy everyone. I don’t have problem with anybody personal; everything I do, is done in the best of my ability to achieve the golden rules and target of the University. I have the responsibility of taking Unilorin to a higher level to ensure that I hand over a better institution to my successor than what I inherited five years ago”.
Expressing gratitude to God for the opportunity to serve in the capacity of a Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali, who described it as “a tremendous experience”, said he had learnt from the experiences of his former bosses over the years, which had prepared him for the present challenges of leadership.
The erudite Professor of Veterinary Medicine said, “I used to tell people that one can’t be a good leader without being a good follower. I have seen Vice-Chancellors carrying out their responsibilities both within and outside Nigeria”.
Citing the specific example of the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, where he had his postgraduate training in the UK, Prof. Ambali noted that the white man displayed uncanny leadership quality that greatly influenced him. He said, “I was impressed by the manner in which some of these responsibilities were carried out. He was more or less the image-maker, fund raiser for the University. He was busy selling each and every University Department to the public and industries, and getting the attention the University required, that has given the institution a very good outreach. I admired the administrative skill of the then VC.”
Prof. Ambali added, “Again in Nigeria, I had served under the administration of about five Vice-Chancellors either as Head of Department, Dean or Director, and I have seen the manner in which each and every one of them operated. All of the cumulative experiences of my bosses are assembled and have had effect on my personality and in carrying out my responsibilities”.
While commending the efforts of the Federal Government through support interventions like TETFUND and NEEDS Assessment, the Vice-Chancellor pointed out that all the funds provided through these agencies “have been used to develop the institution for the task they are meant for”.
“I must commend the Federal Government and also acknowledge the roles played by the friends of Unilorin and some of my personal friends, because these three avenues have been employed to negotiate the best for the institution”, Prof. Ambali said, disclosing that “I have been able to reach out to my friends for support and administration of the University”.
The Vice-Chancellor said, “Quite a number of things found on the campus are contributed by some of my friends. The University friends especially in the area of the private hostel development project under the BOT, we have been able to reach out to the friends of the University and entrepreneurs in the country to come and invest on our campus.”
Report gotten from the university Twitter handle this morning.