The University of Ilorin Students’ Union is planning to inject about 200 new mini buses (Korope) into the institution’s campus shuttle fleet as part of its effort to address the perennial transportation challenges facing it members,
The Students’ Union President, Comrade Shobowale Lukman, disclosed this last Monday (October 31, 2016) at a press conference to herald the Union’s 30th anniversary celebration.
Comrade Shobowale, who also unveiled the 30th anniversary logo, said that transportation is one of the grave challenges facing the students.
He said, “With this in mind, I, together with other union executives, have been working assiduously to make sure that the transportation issue becomes a thing of the past. I am pleased to enunciate that we have met with various transport authorities in a bid to have an efficient and effective ground plan as regards transportation.”
The Students’ Union President said, “Our quest to make things easier did not stop there as we traveled to Osogbo to meet some transporters. We eventually succeeded in ensuring that there are more mini buses (Korope)”, adding that the popular “Safe Trip” buses would also return to the campus.
On students’ accommodation, Shobowale said that the 2016/2017 mode of accommodation will be different from what it used to be. He, therefore, urged the management to open the hostel accommodation portal early as it will also assist in addressing the prevailing transportation problems.
On the PC Tablets, the Union leader assured the students that the distribution of the tablets would commence soon, saying, “Students admitted during the 2014/2015 session, who are yet to be given their PC Tablets should report by writing a letter to the Vice-Chancellor”.
He disclosed that in view of the current economic downturn, the current Students’ Union administration had decided that Unilorin students would not have to pay for sweat shirt this session. He, therefore, asked students, who have not collected their sweat shirt for last session to come to the Students’ Union building to get theirs.
While expressing his belief that God is the only Supreme Being who can guarantee safety, Shobowale explained that the Students’ Union administration has taken adequate measure to secure the students both on-campus and off-campus by involving and partnering with the State Commissioner of Police, and campus landlords.
The Guest Speaker on the occasion, Prof. A. Durosaro, asserted that the University of Ilorin is now more than “Better by Far” University but “Best by Far” University.
Prof. Durosaro, who was the second Students Union President of the University between 1977 and 1978, said, “The University has become the watchdog for other universities in Nigeria both for its academic excellence and for being one of the most peaceful universities in the country”.
He disclosed that the students of the University of Ilorin should know that the executives are also students like them, urging the students body to work hand-in-hand with their leaders to make things go well in the University.
The Guest Lecturer, who lectures in the Department of Educational Technology, University of Ilorin, advised the students to always be patient when they need anything from their leaders because there are a lot of things which the executive will be agitating for that won’t be known to the generality of students until they are achieved.
Prof. Durosaro, who is the first alumnus of the University to become a Professor, however, urged members of the Students’ Union Executive Council to carry the students body along in anything they are doing, try to pilot the union in a good way, while not forgetting their primary assignment in the University, which is their academic pursuit.
Earlier, while speaking at the 30th anniversary logo unveiling ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the University and Chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU), Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), congratulated the members of the 2016/2017 Students’ Union Executive Council of the University on the occasion of the Union’s 30th anniversary.
The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya, said that student unionism is a platform for the tranning of good leaders and followers, adding that their participation in the University of Ilorin Student
Unionism should not end in the acquisition of certificates but should also be reflected in the acquisition of good characters.
Among the dignitaries that attended the occasion were the Registrar, Mr. E. D. Obafemi, represented by the Deputy Registrar (Academic Support Services), Mrs. R. A. Okojie; the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi; the Dean, Student Affairs Prof. E. A. Talabi; the Sub- Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf; the Deputy Registrar, Student Affairs, Mrs. W. Salleh; and the General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Alhaji Adetunji Abdulmajeed, represented by the Deputy Manager, News, Mrs Funke Ibidamitan.
Also in attendance were some former presidents and leaders of the Students’ Union, including Mike Omananyi, the longest serving Students’ Union President (1994-1996); Dr. Alex Akanmu (2001/2002), Mr. Hussain Abdullateef, SCC Chairman (2005/2006); Mohammed Usman (2006/2007); Kabiru Olamilekan Bello(2009/2010); Obayomi Azeez Olaitan(2010/2011); Musa Surajudeen (2011/2012); Lawal Ahmed Abiodun(2013/2014); Ishowo Yakubu(2014/2015); and Alao Idris(2015/2016); Rasheed Awonuga, Public Relations Officer(2010/2011); all the 2016/2017 Students Union executive members and Students Representatives; as well as students of the University of Ilorin.
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