The management of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has appointed Sulyman Abdulkareem of the department of chemical engineering as its 10th vice-chancellor.
Abdullahi Oyekan, the university’s pro-chancellor and chairman of council, announced the appointment on Monday at a press briefing.
Oyekan said the institution reached the decision after a meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the Universities Amendment Act.
According to him, the appointment will take effect from October 16 while the tenure of the outgoing vice chancellor, AbdulGaniyu Ambali, will end on October 15.
The pro-chancellor recalled that interested applicants were earlier given six weeks to submit applications, adding that the deadline for this was May 26.
Abdulkareem, a former vice chancellor of the faith-based Alhikmah University, was born in 1954 at Oro, Irepodun local government area of Kwara.
Meanwhile, the management of UNILORIN has hailed the federal government’s decision to lift the ban on the conduct of post-UTME by tertiary institutions.
The institution said the decision would ensure quality in tertiary institutions’ education in the country.
Kunle Akogun, director, corporate affairs of the university, said most of the students admitted into the university without passing through the post-UTME screening did not meet the standard of the university.
“You know our style here; we have a very strict dressing code and a high moral standard,” he said.
“Because of that most of the students that entered through post-UTME had adapted to our style here.
“But those who did not pass through the post-UTME screening were very raw because there was no proper screening.
“If they had passed through post-UTME screening, we would have given them instructions on how to dress and our dos and don’ts.”
Akogun said the revival of the post-UTME was a welcome development as it would help the institution to continue to maintain its standard.
“At last we are happy that the Federal Government has reversed the order banning post-UTME,” he said.