The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has described the incoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, as a man of vast and great experience capable of leading the University of Ilorin to greater heights.
Prof. Ambali, who stated this last Thursday (August 31, 2017) during the swearing-in ceremony of the Students’ Union officers for the 2017/2018 academic session, urged the student leaders to cooperate with the new Vice-Chancellor when he assumes office on October 16.
The new Students’ Union officers, comprising members of the Central Executive Council and the Representatives, were elected through e-voting early July.
The Vice-Chancellor tasked members of the new Students’ Union Executive Council, led by Adebisi Ridwan Abimbola, to give the in-coming Vice-Chancellor all the necessary supports to succeed and take the University to greater heights.
Other members of the Students’ Union Executive Council who were sworn-in by the University’s Director of Legal Services, Mr. Dare Akanbi, were Miss Temitayo Aremu (Vice-President, Permanent Site); Miss Damola Jimoh, Vice-President (College of Health Sciences); Mr. Adekunle AbdulRasaq Sulaimon, General Secretary; Modupe Ibarahim, Assistant Secretary; Hakeem Okanlawon, Financial Secretary; Bidemi Oyewunmi, the Public Relations Officer; Ibrahim Asukuti, Welfare Secretary (Permanent Site); Obashola Muritala, Welfare Secretary (COHS); Joshua Abolarin, Social Secretary; and Adewale Bashir Bello, Sports Secretary.
Assuring the student leaders of the University management’s support at all times, Prof. Ambali said that the responsibility given them is a test case to develop their capacity in human management.
He then admonished them to ensure that they carry all the students along in their decision-making process.
Prof. Ambali congratulated the newly sworn-in officers, charging them not to allow emotions and crave for popularity to becloud their sense of judgment.
“I want to enjoin you that your attitude to leadership should be that which would further stabilise the system, not destabilise it”, the Vice-Chancellor counseled, urging them to commit themselves to excellence “and you will find out that the next one year will be the most momentous in your lives”.
Charging the new student leaders to emulate their predecessors, Prof. Ambali pointed out that the success recorded by the past Students’ Union administration was the result of collective responsibility.
Earlier in his remarks, the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. A. E. Talabi, commended the immediate past administration of the Students’ Union, led by Lukman Shobowale and tasked the new student leaders to emulate their predecessors so as to fly the flag of the Students ‘Union higher.
Prof. Talabi challenged them to beat the impressive record of the past Students’ Union Executives and stand on their shoulder to succeed.
In his inaugural speech, the new Students’ Union President, Mr. Ridwan Abimbola Adebisi, said, “The election has come and gone, and now is the time to deliver on our campaign promises of a progressive student-centric government to sterilize the scope of our activism within and around the four walls of our university.”
He further said, “However, if we are going to make this possible, we need the efforts and support of everybody in this institution; students, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and traders alike.”
With the Chancellor at the swearing-in ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, and the University Librarian, Dr. Joseph Omoniyi.
Report from the university website.