… as institution produces 130 first class graduates
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem has called for an increase in budgetary allocation to the educational sector in Nigeria from 7.04per cent to 26per cent of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) recommendation.
Abdlkareem made this call at the press briefing ahead of the institution’s 35th convocation ceremony on Monday in Ilorin.
According to him, “The popular opinion however is that in the last five years, there has been a nosedive in the budgetary allocation to education from a height of 10.78per cent in 2015 to 7.92per cent in 2016, 7.4per cent in 2017, 7.04per cent of the 2018 budget of N8.6trillion and then still going lower in 2020 budget proposal presented to the joint session of the National Assembly on 8th October 2019.
“To this end, I want to encourage the federal government to passionately and sincerely pursue its promise and determination to increase the annual budget on education to 15per cent of the total annual budget in order to bring the annual Education budget closer to 26per cent recommended by UNESCO.”
The 10th VC of the “better by far” citadel disclosed that a 300 level student of Biomedical Engineering of the institution has invented an electronic eye walking stick for the blinds.
He added that the federal government has also agreed to commercialise the invention, with some several others, a development which according to him, “would put the name of the university in the zenith of fame and recognition”.
The vice-chancellor who is also a professor of chemical engineering also announced that his innovation of an oil spillage management product achieved long ago had been “commercialised and patented”.
Abdulkareem said the university would also before the end of this year sign a memorandum of understanding with the Nigeria Army with a mandate to develop a multilayered armoured composite for military purposes.
“This is going to be the final layer of the process of and talks we had begun since last year with the Nigerian Army on our capacity to fabricate moulds using composite materials developed from solid waste to build military apparatus.
“A major breakthrough in this regard is that we have developed a novel method of carrying out composite room temperature Rheological studies on polymers”, he said.
On the forthcoming graduation, he said a total of 12, 009 graduates of the university will be convoked out of which 10,299 are graduating with higher degree/diplomas while the remaining 1,710 are graduating with higher degrees/postgraduates diplomas.
He said the institution is set to award 130 first-class graduates on Wednesday.
“In the first degree/diploma category, we have 130 first class, 2,902 second class upper division,5,661 second class lower division,1 ,392 their class and 31 pass,”he explained.