I have no regret returning Unilorin ASUU to national body – VC

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…Prepares 10,922 students for graduation.

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By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has said he is at peace with himself for taking the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) back to the national body.

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The Vice Chancellor, shortly after his appointment four years ago caused the University of Ilorin branch of the Union that had detached itself from the mainstream for 19 years back to the national body.

Fielding questions from newsmen ahead of the 36th Convocation Ceremony of the institution, Professor AbdulKareem said the only regret he will never have till he gets to the grave was taking the University back to ASUU main body.

According to him, for 19 years, though it might not have been so noticeable, the University became a pariah among its contemporaries, landmark achievements in the areas of academics and other spheres of life notwithstanding.

He added that both members of and the graduates of the institution were not enjoying the kind of unfriendly treatments they received from their colleagues at academic forums. Worse still, past students who had reasons to be in universities other than their alma mater were not getting good recognition.

The University chief said what he cherishes most in life was to be seen making peace and the opportunity came to use his position to effect peace in ASUU and he was happy that he made it.

Besides, he told the gathering that as union making agitations, his institution has been able in recent time, to access grants in three tranches running into hundreds of millions of naira, courtesy of the efforts of ASUU.

He reeled out a litany of achievements the University was able to record in the 2019/2020 and the ongoing 2021/2022 academic sessions even with the bad effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These included winning local and international research awards and grants as well as recording inventions that attracted local and international positive appraisals.

The university will be convoking a total number of 10,922 students in its 36th Convocation Ceremonies on Saturday out of which 9,338 are Degree/Diploma graduates consisting of 180 First Class, 2,836 Second Class Upper Division, 4,879 Second Class Lower Division, 1,110 Third Class and 14 Passes.

There are 140 MBBS graduates, 46, Nursing, five with Distinction and 16 with Passes in Optometry, six with Distinction and 49 with Pass in Pharmacy while 37 will convoke in Veterinary Medicine.

The higher degree graduates included 20 from the Institute of Education and a total number of 1,584 made up of 142 Post Graduate Diplomas, 1,142 Masters from various faculties, 113 MBA/MPA/MILR/MGIS/MPH/MHPM and 187 PhDs.

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