THE Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has said that no fewer than 105,000 candidates applied to the University of Ilorin in 2014 Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.

He stated that, unfortunately, Unilorin had the capacity to only admit 9,000 of the 105,000 candidates.

Speaking to journalists in Ilorin on Sunday, he stated that Unilorin was the most sought-after university in Nigeria for admission by candidates. According to him, coming after it is the University of Benin, Edo State.

He claimed that Unilorin was best sought-after university for admission because of the institution’s stable academic calendar and quality academic standard.

“This year we had about 105,000 applicants seeking admission to the University of Ilorin. Unilorin is the most sought-after university in the whole country. University of Benin, which is second to us, had over 60,000 applicants.

“Unfortunately for us, we have the capacity for 9,000. We just concluded the last batch of post-UTME screening. In the next few days, we will sit down and analyse the results,” Ambali said.

The VC identified accommodation as a major challenge of the institution, as he stated that though the university has currently about 30,000 students, it could provide admission for only about 3,000 of the students.

He added that the institution was making concerted efforts and was partnering with private stakeholders to improve on the accommodation provision.

According to him, providing more accommodation for the students will help monitor their behaviour.

He stated that the university had zero tolerance for cultism, examination malpractices and other social and academic vices.

Ambali said his administration was embarking on massive renovation of classrooms and lecture theatres to make them conducive for teaching and learning.

The VC also said the institution had engaged in renovation of its infrastructure such as classrooms and lecture theatres and provision of more infrastructure for a more conducive environment for teaching and learning.

Ambali said, “The classrooms are being renovated. We are building four lecture theatres. Through the NEEDS assessment we hope to build more lecture theatres of about 600 seating capacity. This will enhance teaching and learning
“We want to improve the quality of staff that we have. We are training more staff. In fact, through TETFUNDS, we are sending about 14 abroad for their doctoral degrees in various disciplines.

“The disciplines include library and information, engineering, pharmacy, bio-sciences, industrial microbiology, law, mathematics, health service management, nursing etc. because the more doctoral staff the better the quality of teaching and research.
We encourage our staff to attend international conferences and seminars. Very soon many of them numbering about 40 will embark on international conferences.”

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