University of Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria
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Welcome to the University of Ilorin
The University of Ilorin is located in the ancient city of Ilorin, about 500 kilometres from Abuja, the Federal capital. Ilorin, the Capital of Kwara State, is strategically located at the geographical and cultural confluence of the North and South.
University of Ilorin was one of the seven institutions of higher learning established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in August, 1975. This step, taken to implement one of the educational directives of the country’s Third National Development Plan, was aimed at providing more opportunities for Nigerians aspiring to acquire university education and to generate high level man-power, so vital for the rapidly expanding economy.
The then University College of Ilorin was initially affiliated to the University of Ibadan. Dr. T.N. Tamuno, Professor and Head of History Department at the University of Ibadan, was appointed the first Principal of the College in September, 1975. Shortly after Professor Tamuno’s appointment as Principal of the College, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. It therefore, became necessary to appoint another Principal in the person of Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, former Dean of the then Faculty of Medicine, University of Ibadan, in December 1975.
The then new Principal, Professor O.O. Akinkugbe, made several visits to the second Military Governor of Kwara State, the late Colonel Ibrahim Taiwo in connection with the new institution, such that by March 1976, he had established residence at Ilorin. The support given to the fledgling Institution by Governor Taiwo continued even more vigorously under the third Military Governor of the State, Brigadier George A. Innih, who ceded a portion of the temporary site of the Kwara State College of Technology to the University. The site, up till now, serves as the mini campus of the University.
Following an entrance examination, 200 foundation students were admitted into residence on Saturday, October 23rd, 1976, and academic activities commenced on Monday, October 25th , 1976, after the Principal’s maiden address at about 10.00am in the Africa Hall. The University College had three foundation Faculties namely: Arts, Science and Education. The Institution began to develop its programmes in a way that not lees than 60% of its effort was directed towards science-oriented programmes.
In October 1977, the Institution attained full autonomous status and has since then developed by leaps and bounds. The student population of 200 in 1976 has increased to 20,084 by the 2005/2006 session, while the total staff strength of the University stood at approximately 3,040 as at March 1, 2007. Up till January 1982, the University carried out its academic programmes, involving the Faculties of Arts, Science, Education, Engineering & Technology, Business and Social Sciences, and the Pre-Clinical aspect of the Health Sciences on the Mini-Campus. The completion of the Faculty blocks for Natural Sciences and Engineering as well as 8 blocks of student hotels by December 1981, made it possible, on the 2nd of January 1982, for the actual movement of over 1,000 science-oriented students to the Main-Campus to pursue their various academic programmes.
The law degree programme was initially established in 1983/84 session as a department in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. Though cancelled in 1986/87, it was resuscitated in 1993/94 as a full fledged Faculty.
The Main Campus currently houses the Faculties of Science, Engineering & Technology, Agriculture, Education, Law, Arts, Business and Social Sciences, (following the completion of the new seven-storey Senate Complex), the Unilorin Sugar Research Institute, Postgraduate School, the Main University Library, Computer Services and Information Technology (COMSIT), Works Yard, Conference Centre, Unilorin Resources Development and Management Board (URDMB), Student Canteens, the newly completed 2,000 seat multipurpose Auditorium and the Alumni/ Endowment Office. The Mini-Campus presently houses the College of Health Sciences, a mini Library, Canteens and Shopping Complex, the Institute of Education, some of the Revenue-yielding projects which are under the URDMB such as the Unilorin Computer Centre (Training Wing), Unilorin Bookshop, the Bakery, the Printing Press, and the Guest Houses. Each Campus has a Health Centre, a Post Office and Banking facilities.
Aside from two lecture theatres commissioned in 1997, there is an upsurge, from 2002 to date, in the physical development of the Main Campus. Five new Hostels were completed in 2002. Other projects were the Faculty of Education blocks and Lecture theatre; Lecture rooms, Offices and Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences; Faculty of Science Chemistry block; Department of Agricultural Engineering block; offices for the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education; COMSIT building (Phase I) among others.
A water Dam and Treatment Plant to provide uninterrupted water supply to the main campus has just been completed. The University will soon construct a rail-line to boost transportation between the University Main Campus and the township.
Apart from the renovation of buildings, a systematic upgrading of teaching and research facilities is being undertaken by the University within its lean resources. This includes provision of computers, laboratory equipment, etc.
Growth of faculties
From three faculties in 1976, today there are ten faculties: Arts (1976), Science (1976) Education (1976), Engineering & Technology (1978), Business & Social Sciences (1981), Agriculture (1982), Law (1993, after an initial start-up in 1983), Basic Medical Sciences (2004), Clinical Sciences (2004) and Communication and Information Sciences(2008).
Altogether, there are 60 academic departments in the existing ten faculties. Undergraduate degree programmes run for 3,4,5, or 6 years, depending on entry qualifications and discipline. The University started with the traditional British “Three Term System” but later changed into a modified form of the American “Two Semester System” called Harmattan and Rain semesters with effect from 1979/80 session.
Each semester comprises one half of an academic year as determined by Senate. Also instruction in the various Faculties with the exception of the Health Sciences is by the course system. These courses are quantified into credits. The University has teaching support units which include the Computer Centre, Central Workshop and Stores, Biological Garden, Community Based Experience and Services (COBES), Medical Educational Resources Unit, General Studies (Use of English/National Awareness) Division, and Teaching & Research Farm.
There are also the Public Units which are the University School, the University Secondary School, Institute of Education and Educational Technology Centre. Although an academic unit, the Library is actively involved in rendering service to the University and the public. In addition, there is a Sugar Research Institute which is mainly a research unit served by academic mainly from Science and Agriculture Faculties.
The case of the 49 sacked lecturers
What eventually assumed the toga of a national crisis started within the domain of University of Ilorin in January 2001. Those involved are ASUU-Unilorin branch activists who were battling the then vice-chancellor, Professor S. Oba Abdulraheem and the institution’s authority over delay in the payment of salaries, allowances and other sundry welfare issues. They were so vociferous in their demands that the authorities considered them as a cog in the wheel of its plans for the institution. In such conservative environment, the university authority considered such radical demand for rights a taboo.
The allegations against the institution’s authorities were still on when the parent ASUU commenced a national strike in April 2001. The nationwide university strike was embarked upon against the backdrop of the general rot in universities across the country. Problems of poor infrastructure, poor funding, university autonomy, conditions of service for academic staff and academic freedom budgetary allocation were among the demands of ASUU.
As usual with successive administrations, attempt were made to break the strike. In most of the universities including University of Ilorin, attendance registers were opened for lecturers who came to work to sign. This sent jitters down the spines of most of the lecturers who for fear of losing their jobs rushed to the institution on a daily basis to sign the registers. Those of them who believed strongly in the cause of the struggle shunned the register daring the institution’s authority threat to sack those lecturers who defied its order.
At the end of the day and consequent upon series of negotiation between the Federal Government and the ASUU leadership, the strike was called off not without an agreement to be implemented by both parties. ASUU reportedly ensured the insertion of a “no victimisation clause” into the agreement. The essence of this was to guarantee that none of its members who partook in the strike would be persecuted because of their involvement. However, the University of Nigeria, (UNN), Nsukka and University of Ilorin terminated the appointment of some lecturers perceived to have played prominent roles in ensuring the success of the strike by ASUU. UNN authorities after public hues and cries reinstated its sacked lecturers. But in Unilorin, its authorities that refused to reverse itself. 103 lecturers were given sack letters that did not state the reasons behind the decision.
The breakdown of these figures are: 15 professors, two associate professors. 15 senior lecturer, 18 lecturers: 40 doctors and 12 medical school lecturers out which 11 were consultants. Consequent upon this sack, the Banjo-committee was set up to look into the crisis. The committee report did not find any of the UNILORIN 49 guilty. While several others were pardoned and re-absorbed into the system, the institution’s authorities, did not see any wisdom in recalling the UNILORIN 49 lecturers out of the whole 103 that were sacked. Afterall, they were seen as a minute fraction of about 700 lecturers in the university. Some who could not immediately get alternative accommodation were forcefully ejected from their staff quarters.
Recourse to litigation: When the University of Ilorin authorities remained recalcitrant in its resolve not to reabsorb the Unilorin 49, several external bodies acting as pressure groups intervened, sometimes pleading with the institution’s authorities to reconsider its position. Traditional rulers, Yoruba Council of Elders, National Assembly and Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC), all tried to no avail to bring back peace to Unilorin and the entire university system in the country. At this point, five of the Unilorin 49 approached the Federal High Court, Ilorin to seek redress on behalf of their other colleagues.
Precisely on July 26, 2005, the Federal High Court, Ilorin under Justice Peter Olayiwola, ruled that the termination of the appointment of the affected lecturers on account of participation in the strike without fair hearing was “illegal and unconstitutional.” The termination exercise was declared “null and void:” and the court ordered their earnest reinstatement.
Nevertheless, the institution exercised its right of appeal when it challenged the judgement at the Court of Appeal. On July 12, 2006, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State upturned the judgement of the Federal High Court by declaring that the University was in order by sacking the 49 lecturers. Out of the three Justices that sat over the case, two Justices, Muntaka Coomasie and T. Abdullahi ruled against the lecturers while Justice Helen Ogunwumiju ruled in favour of the lecturers.
The Court of Appeal ruled that the lecturers should have taken their case to the National Industrial Court being a trade dispute matter as Union leaders: that the lecturers were not sacked for their role in the strike: that since the lecturers were not sacked for any offence, the issue of fair hearing did not arise. At another point, the court upheld the university’s claim that the lecturers were given an opportunity for fair hearing while observing in another part that the lecturers were not sacked for any offence.
The judgement of the Court of Appeal was challenged by the lecturers at the Supreme Court.
After about eight years and 10 months of a tortuous legal battle, the 44 sacked lecturers of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in Kwara State were ordered to be reinstated by Nigeria's Supreme Court on December 11, 2009. The apex court ordered their immediate reinstatement and the payment of all their entitlements from February 2001, the date of their illegal disengagement, to date. The 5 UNILORIN ASUU leaders had earlier had their sack reversed by the same Supreme Court on June 12, 2009.
1. Admission by Entrance Examination – U.M.E
The Entrance Examination is conducted by JAMB. In addition to attaining required standard in Entrance Examination, candidates must satisfy the general University as well as specific Faculty requirements.
For the general requirement, candidates must obtain at least a credit pass in subjects at GCE O’ Level or approved equivalent at not more than two sittings. (See tables for specific faculty requirements).
2. Admission by Direct Entry
Candidates must posses one of the following qualifications:
3. B.Ed. (Sandwich/Part-Time)
- Two passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with GCE O’ Level approved equivalent credit passes in three other subjects at not more than two sittings.
- Three passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with GCE. O’ Level approved equivalent credit passes in two other subjects at not more than two sittings; (Passes at the Principal or Advanced Level may be obtained at the G.C.E. A’ Level, HSC. or IJMB).
- Passes in two recognised NCE subjects with G.C.E. O’ Level credits equivalent in three other subjects. Education is accepted as a third Level subject for those taking courses in Education.
- Candidates who successfully pass the final examination of the following Institutions shall also be considered eligible for admission.
- The International Baccalaureate obtained from accredited Institution with relevant grading.
- National Diploma from Polytechnics or Colleges of Technology-only applicable to some faculties (See table on special Faculty requirements).
- The Defence Academy Certificate as moderated by the University of Ibadan.
Other conditions to note:
- No subjects may be counted at both O’ and A’ Levels.
- General Paper at HSC or in any other examination will not be accepted as a substitute for English Language.
Students are expected to combine Education with any of the following subjects: Science, Mathematics, Language Arts (English or Yoruba Only) and Social Studies. The following subjects are accepted for Social Studies: Economics, Geography, Government, History, Political Science and Social Studies.
4. Admission into 2-Year Degree Programme
(See table on Special Faculty requirements under Faculty of Education).
5. A. Remedial Programme
An applicant must pass the SSCE/GCE O’ Level in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, with Credit level passes in at least three (3) of these subjects at not more than two (2) sittings.
- Faculty of Agriculture will accept credit pass in Agricultural Science in lieu of credit pass in Biology.
- Faculty of Engineering and Technology requires credit in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
- Faculty of Health Sciences will admit only a few of the successful candidates of the Remedial Students of the Faculty of Science at the end of the programme.
The programme is open only to candidates from the catchment area of University of Ilorin.
6. Non-Degree Programme
- Associate Certificate in Education: (ACE)
The course is open to Primary School Teachers who passed the Teachers’ Grade I or II Certificate with not less than five years teaching experience after obtaining the Grade II Teachers Certificate.
- Certificate in Physical and Health Education: (PHE)
Candidates must be holders of Grade II Teachers Certificate, WASC/SSCE/GCE O/Level with at least credit passes in three subjects. However, candidates with two credits, but in any case, not less than one credit with outstanding sporting achievements at the State or National level may be considered for admission.
- Diploma in Mathematics and Physics Education:
Candidates must possess at least one of the following qualifications:
- WASC/SSCE/GCE O/Level with at least three credits, one of which must be in a Science subject obtained at not more than two sittings. Where the credits are not in Mathematics and/or Physics, a Pass grade P7 or P8 must be obtained in these two Science subjects.
- Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with credits in a1 least three teaching subjects including Mathematics. Where the credits are not in Physics or Genera Science, Merit must be obtained in wither of these.
For (1) (2) (3) courses, candidates who satisfy the minimum entry requirements will be admitted on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination.
The University conducts three and four year courses for students who gain admission into the Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Science and Education.
Undergraduate programmes in the Faculties of Agriculture and Engineering/Technology Law and in Health Sciences are of 5 and 6 years duration respectively. The first year of the programme is an integral part of the programme and students take 100 level courses during the year.
University Matriculation Examination (U.M.E.)
- Same as for General Entry Requirements.
- Subjects passed at SSCE/O’ Level must be obtained at not more than two sittings. Same as for General Entry Requirements.
- The General Paper in GCE A’ Level or its equivalent will NOT be accepted as a substitute for SSCE/O’ Level Credit in English Language.
- A pass in a subject in the final examination of the NDA Certificate of Education as moderated by the Institute of Education of the University of Ibadan is regarded as an Advanced Level equivalent.
- A credit pass in English Language of the IJMB. at the ‘O’Level is acceptable as equivalent to SSCE/G.C.E. (O’ Level) for admission purposes.
To register for courses, new students are required to
- Proceed to the Admission Officer or his representatives in the appropriate venue for due clearance and obtain clearance Form.
- Proceed to your Faculty/Department and obtain clearance respectively;
- Obtain and fill the student’s Statistical Information Form and Registration Kit from the Records Officer (Academic Office) or his/her representatives at the venue.
- Consult Department; adviser for guidance and counseling ion the selection of courses before completing Course Registration Form with biro; and obtain his/her signature.
- Complete the fees form (MIS 04) by paying prescribed fees at the Bursary Department and enclose the evidence for payment (Photocopy) as part of the required registration materials to be submitted to the Faculty Officer;
- Return a copy of the duly completed MIS or Statistical Form MIS 01 to the representative of Academic Office at the venue;
- Submit all the completed Registration Forms to your Faculty Officer for his/her signature and that of your Dean or his representative.
- All new students are expected to undergo medical examination at the Health Services Unit. The prescribed medical examination form should be completed and returned to the Faculty officer.
Please note that your course registration is not valid until you are duly registered in the Health Services Unit.
- Obtain Course Registration Forms from your Faculty Office.
- Consult with the appropriate Heads of Department for guidance in selecting courses.
- After the selection of courses complete the forms appropriately and obtain the signature of your Departmental Adviser.
- Finally, submit your registration form to your Faculty Office for his/her signature and that of your Dean or his representative.
- Ask your Faculty Officer for your copy of the registration form.
- All fresh Students are to pay all prescribed fees to the Bank, and obtain receipt from Bursary Department during the Orientation week. Only students who have dully paid their fees would be registered.
- Late Registration will incur penalty fees as determined from time to time by the University.
The Centre for Research, Development and in-house Training (CREDIT)
The Centre for Research, Development and in-house Training (CREDIT), University of Ilorin was established in 2008 for the purpose of promoting excellence in research, development and in-house training that will enhance optimum performance of the University’s staff in its bid to attain a world-class status. The Centre promotes translational research for economic and developmental opportunities.
To be a world-class centre for the promotion of research, development, innovation and training
To coordinate research, development and training activities that will enhance optimum performance of staff and students.
CREDIT translates research findings into usable products that can solve societal and global problems, which would in turn provide growth and development opportunities. We bring the town-and-gown together and ensure that research discoveries do not end on the shelves.
Our core objectives are to
i. formulate new research policies and undertake periodic review of existing ones in line with international best practices;
ii. source for and disseminate information on research grants and fellowships;
iii. attract research grants from outside the University and outside the country;
iv. coordinate research discoveries and inventions, patenting and commercialization of research products;
v. cooperate with other national and international Centres with similar research interests;
vi. serve as a linkage between the university and the industry and
vii. organize seminars and workshops for staff on topics relating to staff development.
We organize training and development programs designed to improve individual and organizational performance in addition to assisting the University in achieving its overall institutional goals.
We welcome researchers from the industries, research institutes and Universities from all over the world.
Prof. Temidayo Oladiji ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office E-mail ( email@example.com) Phone number: +2348033736996