The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has commended the University of Ilorin for its judicious use of N1.76 bn grant it received from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
According to the university’s bulletin issued on Monday, Shekarau gave the commendation during the 30th Convocation Ceremonies while commissioning 10 projects executed by the university with grants from the intervention agency.
It said the projects which cost N1.76 billion included the Researchers’ Lodge, a first of its kind in the country, the new Faculty of Education complex and a lecture theatre.
Others were the ultra-modern Multi-Purpose Hall, the Central Research Laboratories and the Metallurgical Engineering lecture and office complex.
Also, there were the Faculty of Agriculture lecture theatre, the Faculty of Law lecture theatre, the Business School complex and a number of landscaped parking lots.
The bulletin reported that the minister, who commissioned the projects on behalf of the Visitor to the University, President Goodluck Jonathan, said that he was “greatly impressed by the single-minded commitment of the university administration.
“Under the leadership of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, the University is witnessing the advancement of the educational goals of the Federal Government”.
The bulletin reported the minister as saying that the virtue had indeed distinguished the University of Ilorin from some of its peers in the country and suggested a change in the university’s “Better by far” slogan to “Best by far”.
It said the vice-chancellor commended the Federal Government on the TETFund initiative which, he noted, was a good tonic for the nation’s education development.
“The vice-chancellor disclosed that all the grants received were judiciously expended on projects that the university administration believed would advance the attainment of its mandate of teaching, research and community service,” it said. (NAN)