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Unilorin Gets New VC, Abdulkareem

…to resume Oct 16
…plus 10th new VC profile
By: Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
‎There shall be fresh breeze of administration at the better by far University come October 16 2017 as newly selected Vice Chancellor Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem replaces the present Vice Chancellor Professor Abduganiy Ambali whose five years single tenure elapses on October 15 this year.
Out going VC Ambali in an hand shake with newly appointed VC Abdulkareem.
Abdulkareem a professor of Chemical Engineering was former Vice Chancellor Al-‎ Hikmah University between June 2010 and 2015.
The ‎Pro-chancellor and Council Chairman Dr.  Abdullahi  Oyekan ‎(MFR) made the announcement at a press briefing held at the institution Senate building on Monday.
“At its meeting on Monday  August 28, 2017, council,  in accordance with the university Act and the provisions of the universities (miscellaneous Provisions) (amendment) Act 2003, considered the recommendation of the selection board and I am happy to announce that the council approved the appointment of Professor Sulyman Age Abdulkareem as the 10th VC of the university of Ilorin. The appointment is to take effect from October 16, 2017“he disclosed‎.
According to him,noting that the tenure of the VC,  Professor AG.  Ambali, OON, will come to an end on October 15,2017, council commenced the process for appointments of a new VC by announcing the vacancy in two national Newspaper on Friday, April 14,2017. The advertisement was also placed on the university website and the University weekly bulletin. 
“Interested applicants were given six weeks to submit their applications with a closing date of May 26,2017. Immediately thereafter, council met and constituted the joint council /Senate selection board as well as the search team for the appointment of VC.
“The search team visited universities in various geographical zones of the country and contacted senior academic staff in these institutions who might not have applied for the position. Subsequently, the selection board considered based all the applications  received and shortlisted candidates based on the various parameters indicated in the advertisement,” He said.
The Council Chairman said  selection board later interacted with the shortlisted candidates over a period of three days from Wednesday August 23 to August 25,2017 at the end of the exercise,  the selection board forwarded its recommendation to council for further consideration. 
New VC Profile
Pro Abdulkareem was born on 21st Jan 1954 at Oro in Kwara state,he attended Government Secondary School,Ilorin for both his Second School Education and Higher School Certificate from 1968 -1974 which he undertook with Kwara state government scholarship.
He later got the Federal government scholarship for his University Education at the University of Detroit,Detroit Michigan, USA between 1975 and 1980 at the end of the course he came out in flying colours and was awarded the MChe,BChE(Chemical Engineering) specializing in Heterogeneous Catalysis/Reaction Engineering.
From 1985-1988 he was awarded the United state of America National Science Foundation Fellowship for his PhD programme in Chemical Engineering at the University of Louisville,USA.
He also completed his PhD in flying colours and obtained the Engineering -in-Training Certificate of the state of Minnesota USA 1991.He became a registered Engineer of Nigeria society of Engineer in 2002 and a COREN registered Engineer in 2004.
Professor  Abdulkareem was a Lecturer,Engaged by the Detroit Board of Education Detroit Michigan US from August 1984 to August 1985 and a graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Louisville,Kentucky ‎from September 1985 to August 1988.
He Joined the service of University  of Ilorin as a Senior Lecturer in 1996 and rose to become a professor in Sept 2005.
Professor Abdulkareem has held many important positions in the University such as Director SIWES from 2000-2008,Head University Admissions Unit 2006-2009,Dean student Affairs 2008-2010 and Director,Laboratory-to-product centre from Sept 2015 till date.
From June 2010 to June 2015 Abdulkareem was Vice Chancellor,Al-Hikmah University Ilorin.
Prof Abdulkareem  is happily married with Children.


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