In pursuit of educational excellence in the country and in line with existing regulations, an accreditation team from the National Universities Commission (NUC) last week visited the University of Ilorin to assess some academic programmes of the institution.
The NUC team, led by Prof. Aniekan Edet of the University of Calabar, also presented its report on the Department of Geology, Faculty of Physical Sciences, to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, at a short event, which held last Friday, (November 7, 2014) at the Vice-Chancellor’s Committee Room.
Other members of the accreditation team included Prof. Francis Ukaigwe from the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Ibrahim Garba from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Mr. Gabriel Odama from the NUC.
Prof. Edet said that the Geology programme in the University of Ilorin had met the “BMAS set by the National Universities Commission”, adding that “the students spoke well of the lecturers in the Department and also the efficient way lectures were being delivered.”
While advising that senior academics should oversee what the junior academics are doing in order to achieve a level of quality control, the accreditation team leader said, “Despite this, all the staff are very competent, the equipment we met meet the best requirement”, but pointed out that there is need for more microscopes and provision of fire extinguishers in lecture halls. “The library is well equipped with relevant literatures and we are very impressed with the e-library donated by the UBA. The environment is very clean”, he added.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, who described the team as “well-packaged”, thanked them for their observations, saying “We cherish friends that would come here and tell us how well we are doing and the areas we need to improve on so that we can be what we want to be, and that is, better by far. And it is only by making sure that all the loopholes are well attended to, so that the graduates that come out of here will be the best graduates.”
While disclosing that a number of contracts have been awarded for the supply of more equipment to all the Faculties, Prof. Ambali noted, “We have quite a number of funds allotted to the Department (of Geology) for the purchase of equipment, and microscopes are part of those equipment that we are awaiting”. He added that the University has also established a Fire Service Unit.
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