The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Wahab Olasupo Egbewole has disclosed that he assumed duty with clear ideas of the future the university is bound and has since focused efforts towards achieving a maximum growth through SMART goals.
He said he has clarified his ideas and focusing efforts, time and resources ahead of his envisaged growth, while setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives to “build magnificently” on the solid foundation laid by the university's founding fathers.
Speaking at his first media parley at the University’s Auditorium, Egbewole said he had put up a team, “the Unilorin Greatness Team”, comprising the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Provost of the College of Health Sciences and Chairmen of important committees, who had “all resolved to take the University to where it deserves”
The Vice Chancellor said he has also set up 11 strategic committees to work on aspects of the university’s mandates and policies. The committees he said, bad submitted their reports and implementation would commence any moment from now
Egbewole, a Law Professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who was appointed over three months ago as the 11th Vice Chancellor of the institution, said that the efforts of the management, the friendly environment and commitment of staff have brought fought “Catalogue of Catalysts” that would translate to future development.
Highlighting some of the major catalysts, the Vice Chancellor said N500 million was released to the institution by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund) for construction of hostels for students.
He also explained that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with some foreign universities to further improve learning and research in the institution.
He noted that Unilorin is partnering with industries on turning academic researches to industrial use.
On the issue of persistent transportation problems confronting the university, he said the university is partnering with Chinese embassy and other embassies to provide metro railway to solve the problem.
“Transportation of a large number of staff and students, to and fro the campus could be challenging
“The metro railway system would be specifically designed to run in the institution and the other metropolitan cities”, he said.
Egbewole said that the plan for possible railway metro transportation had been in the process for years, adding that Unilorin is also working on getting electric buses to address the university’s transportation problem.
The university, in the mean time, he said, has made innovation with virtual learning which takes care of transportation challenge among others.
Getting the university on sound financial footing, he said, “We are remodeling the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to ensure ventures are run like business.
“We will ensure that the IGR are properly managed by blocking all loopholes”
“Our team is prepared to ensure Revenue Generation drive through strategic repositioning of the IGR Units and Engagements of MDAs for synergy, support and collaboration”
On the coming elections as it concerns the university calendar and the call for students to exercise their franchise, the Vice Chancellor said students of the school would be allowed to vote in the 2023 general elections without any need for the school to be on holiday.