President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commissioned 15 newly-completed projects at the University of Ilorin, in Kwara State.
Speaking through the Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Tanko Sununu, Tinubu said he was thrilled by the university’s prudent management of resources.
The project commissioning, which climaxed the university’s 2023 convocation ceremonies, was performed on behalf of the president by Yusuf Tanko Sununu.
A statement made available to newsmen by the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, in Ilorin, disclosed that the commissioned projects include, the faculty of basic clinical sciences building, the advancement centre building, the department of anatomy building, the extension of university clinic, the department of chemical engineering building, the faculty of engineering 400-seater capacity studio, and the faculty of engineering 500-seater capacity lecture theatre 1 and 2.
Also commissioned were construction of four bedroom apartment for (COBES) and perimeter block wall fence, asphalt overlay on the existing road from university gate to senate building phases (1 and 2), asphalt overlay on the existing road from the university main campus to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (phase 5), and asphalt overlay on the road at UNILORIN GRA Staff Quarters.
Others included the construction of road from NOC to Faculty of arts and law and construction of the road to the university primary school.
At the commissioning of the new department of chemical engineering building, the president expressed happiness that all the projects are not only important but also needed in promoting effective teaching and learning.
He also expressed his delight that the projects were beautifully executed and congratulated the Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, for ensuring that the projects are of quality standards.
He advised that the edifice, especially the laboratories should be put to full use to attract university grants.
In his remarks before the commissioning, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wahab Olasupo Egbewole (SAN), said, “Research and innovation are the lifeblood of the University of Ilorin, which currently has a total of 36 patents with the Federal Government, making the university one of the highest contributing institutions to patency in Nigeria.”
Prof Egbewole promised not to rest on his oars in the university’s thirst for greatness.