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.