UNILORIN won’t close for elections – VC
The University of Ilorin will not shut down its academic activities because of the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Wahab Egbewole, revealed this on Wednesday.
He however clarified that students and staff would not be disenfranchised as the university had designed a programme “where students can attend virtual classes and vote wherever they are.”
‘We won’t suspend our lecturers for voting, Unilorin is digitised,” he clarified.
The VC also said the management of the university had designed the institution’s academic programmes to recover all lost grounds by October while a new academic session begins in August 2023.
Egbewole made this known while fielding questions from reporters during his maiden media parley with journalists at the institution, Wednesday.
He said in the last 100 days of his assumption as vice-chancellor, the university under his regime had attracted N500 million TETFund grants for hostel accommodation for its students, another N400 million for broadband from the ministry of communication, and N200 million grant for ICT.
Similarly, the VC said some staff of the school have also attracted a N100 million grants through their research works for the university adding that the university “has patented 18- 20 products of its research works”.
Egbewole also announced plans by the university under his administration to complete its long initiated Tanke–Unilorin rail transportation system to ease the transport hiccups being faced by the students.
Already he said the university “is engaging the Embassy of China” to handle the project which, according to him, had been initiated about 10-15 years ago.
In addition, the VC said the university under his regime was planning an “electric bus transportation system at the micro level” to ensure students have a smooth ride.
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