Vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali has identified academic excellence, stability of academic calendar, and unbroken campus peace as the key attributes that made the institution toast of admission seekers among the 147 universities in the country.
He stated this at the swearing-in of members of the newly elected Students Union Central Executive Council, CEC, for the coming 2015/2016 academic session headed by its president, Idris Alao.
In his address entitled ‘Memorable Day,’ Prof Ambali, who was represented by the deputy vice chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya, enjoined all students to contribute their quota to the sustenance of the identified qualities.
The VC said: “Your mandate is to promote the good image of the University both nationally and internationally such that the University will continue to be better by far and best by standard.”
Prof. Ambali then rolled out figures of the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, conducted earlier this year to stress his point that “your university is the number one in many areas.”
While quoting a document released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, entitled ‘The Statistics of Choice of Institutions,’ the vicechancellor said, “Out of the 1.4million candidates that sat for the examination, 107,491 students (representing 7.7 percent) picked the University of Ilorin to lead 146 other universities in Nigeria, as against 71, 491 candidates, that is 5.1 percent for the University of Benin, which came second, and 70,609 or (five percent) for Nnamdi Azikiwe University, which came third.”
Prof. Ambali said, “Older universities like the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is fourth with 66,791 (4.8 percent) candidates; the University of Lagos is fifth with 62,473 (4.4 percent) candidates, Ahmadu Bello University is sixth with 60,254 (4.3 percent) candidates while the University of Ibadan has 47,501 candidates, representing 3.4 percent to come seventh.”
Ambali therefore, enlisted the support of the Students’ Union leaders in the campaign for the values, which the university holds dear, which include dress codes, respect for elders, respect for visitors, humility, etc.
“We have zero tolerance for corruption”, Prof. Ambali said. “We are amazed about some cases of stealing among students, particularly of handsets and ladies’ bags. If anyone is caught, it is expulsion.”
He, however, told the new union leaders to sensitise the rest of the student community against petty crimes, even as he thanked the outgoing student executive committee members led by Yakub Ishowo, which was rated number two among all Students Union Presidents in the country at the 2015 Students Leadership Development Tournament, SLEDT, saying, “by all standards you have done well.”

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