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FG offset arrears of sacked 49 lecturers of Unilorin – VC

By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin—The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has said the issue of the 49 sacked lecturers, and their re-absorption has taught all the parties in the matter a serious lesson, stressing that the Federal Government has sent funds to offset their arrears.

The affected lecturers of the university, it would be recalled, were sacked by the authorities for complying with the directives of the leadership of ASUU in 2000 and were ordered to be reabsorbed into the university by a Supreme Court judgment after  about 10 years of legal tussle between the institution and the lecturers.

Professor Oloyede, who spoke yesterday at a press conference to herald the forthcoming convocation ceremony said  said  the foundation  laid by his predecessors  at the University has greatly  assisted him in the rapid development  of the institution both academically and physically.

He said the University in 2009 was rated to be 2nd best among  in Nigeria  and 77th best in Africa  but that in 2010  the university has improved on its performance  and became  the best number one university in the country and 55th  in Africa  and ultimately  the number 5,484 university in the world.

He noted that no  fewer than 7,305 student  are to graduate  from  University of Ilorin  for  the 2009/2010 academic session .

The vice Chancellor  also noted that out of the total number6,014  are undergraduate holders while  1291  are post graduate degree holders noting that  during the 2009/2010 academic session the university has produced  19  first class  ,857 second class  upper Division holders  and  2,971  second class lower Division .

Others, according to him  are  1,403  third class,  202 pass Degree  with additional  234 diploma  graduands, adding that  for 5 post graduate category  the University  has produce  75 PhDs  ,1,086 masters degree as  well as  130  Post graduate  Diploma  graduands.

He  explained that  all the  graduating  students  have  been properly groomed  to have meet the requirement of the institution  in both learning and character  to  have  warranted  the  award  of the degree of the university.

Professor  Oloyede  noted  that the University  has embarked on numerous projects  which has  increase  the  physical  outlook of the institution ,which include  the building of the theatre Arts department, the  road rehabilitation across the institution , the building of information science laboratory  as well as  building  of offices  for the lecturers to  increase their productivity.

He  said  the University  has introduced  new courses that have been given accreditation such as  the Veterinary  medicine ,Pharmaceutical Science  and that  faculty  of environmental Science  among  others are  to commence  between now and year 2014.


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