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Unilorin wins ‘Most Outstanding University’ Award … As Ambali is named’ Academic Icon’


The University of Ilorin has been awarded the
2014 “Most
Outstanding University in Nigeria” by the
Nigerian Association
of Agricultural Students, just as the Vice-
Chancellor of the
Institution, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, was also
pronounced an
“Academic Icon” by the students’ body.
The Awards were presented to the Vice-
Chancellor last Friday
(November 7, 2014) in his office by a delegation
of the Students’
Association drawn from various Universities
across the country.
According to the Association, the two Awards
were given to
Unilorin and the Vice-Chancellor respectively
based on the high
national and international, ratings of the
University as well as
Prof. Ambali’s outstanding contributions to the
well being of
Nigerian students and the education sector in
Presenting the award, the National President of
the Association,
Mr. Abioye Opeyemi Muideen, represented by
Mr. A. Adetunji,
the National President of the Nigerian
Association of Science
Students, who led the students’ delegation to the
Chancellor’s office, said, “Sir, you are indeed a
golden fish with
no hiding place; as a keen observer of your
delectable and
faultless records, your visionary leadership and
traits are not
often found amidst other Vice-Chancellors and
academics in
Nigeria at large.”
The student leader said that the University had
demonstrated rare commitment to the cause of
humanity in
such areas as “standard academic calendar,
development, employment opportunities,
admission on merit,
information and communication technology,
excellent students-
management relationship, community
development, youth
empowerment, charity to the less privileged, as
well as
participation of students and staff of the
University of Ilorin in
national and international competitions especially
in the area of
He said, “We want to see this honour being
bestowed on you
today as a propeller and catalyst to double your
efforts as an
exemplary leader in your bid to advance
agricultural, scientific, technological and
scholarly excellence
and to make positive changes to this world of
“ Sir you have done your work, and that is why
we students of
Nigeria want to reckon with you; You are the
ambassador; permit me to say that as far as we
students are concerned, if today, you vie for the
post of
President of the nation, the students are behind
you,” he added.
The student leader then solicited the support of
the Vice-
Chancellor and the University towards the
success of the
forthcoming “2014 Agricultural Day” scheduled
to take place at
the Federal College of Animal Health and
Production Technology
(Moor Plantation), Ibadan.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ambali,
appreciation to the students for the awards,
saying, “We are
very thankful, first, to God that gave us the
opportunity to serve
the nation, and to the people we are serving;
because it is one
thing to serve, it is another thing to be
acknowledged that you
are serving well. The University of Ilorin has
come a long way;
the road can be tough but we persevere because
we have focus;
we knew where we wanted to be and we still
have a long way to
The Vice-Chancellor said that the institution, as a
University over the years, has become the toast
of admission
seekers and their parents and even the Federal
Government, as
a result of her consistent academic calendar,
discipline and for
providing quality education to everyone, just as
he lamented
that many students fail to secure admission into
the institution
because of limited carrying capacity.
Prof. Ambali said, “Along the way, of course we
are bound to
disappoint a few people, more especially the
teeming youths in
Nigeria; we are not happy to do that, we wish we
had a lot of
facilities that can accommodate as many people
as possible but
if we have to do that at this moment we will be
standards and that is why out of so many
qualified candidates
we can only admit ten percent or less.”
The Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi,
thereafter presented
souvenirs to the students, who continually sang
the praises of
the University of Ilorin helmsman and members
of his
management team.
Other Principal Officers present at the event were
the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya;
the Dedputy
Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof.
Y. Fakunle; the
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology
and Innovation),
Prof. G. Olatunji; the Bursar, Mr. Saka Yusuf;
and the University
Librarian, Dr. Joseph Omoniyi.
Also present were the Dean, Faculty of
Agriculture, Prof.
Abayomi; the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs Unit,
Dr. A. Yusuf, the
Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle
Akogun and the
President, Unilorin Students Union, Mr. A.

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