Connect with us


Outgoing Al-Hikmah varsity VC account for stewardship



Outgoing Al-Hikmah varsity VC account for stewardship

By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus


Ilorin, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Prof, Taofeek Ibrahim, on Thursday accounted for his five-year stewardship.

Ibrahim told newsmen in Ilorin that he was leaving he institution better than he met it.

He fielded questions on his tenure during a ‘News Keg programme’, organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara Council.

The don recalledd that when he assumed office as vice chancellor in 2015, the university had 519 workers in the academic and low teaching cadre.

Ibrahim who said that the university has 671 academic and non-teaching staff by 2015, with about 31 per cent of lecturers who had PhD, but today the figure stands at 54 per cent.

He said that inspite of these achievements, the institution was and trying to see how much it could improve on the figure.

He said that the number of both academic and non-academic staff have increased vis-a-vis the number of lecturers with PhD.

“When I came into office as Vice Chancellor in 2015, the University had 519 workers in the academic and low teaching cadre. Presently, the university has 671 academic and non-teaching staff.

”The number has increased by over a hundred. This is not unexpected considering the magnitude of expansion that has come into the space of development of University.

”I met on ground a total number of 157 full-time lecturers in the University, now we have 169 full-time lecturers.

”When I came on board, 31 per cent of lecturers has PhD. Today, the figure stands at 54 per cent and we are trying to see as a university, how much more we can improve on this.

”Full-time professors in the university in 2015 was 9.5 per cent. It has now increased to 14.2 per cent,” the don said.

The vice chancellor said that within five years in office, he was able to increase staff and students welfare, increased personnel and programmes as well as funding.

He added that the institution was able to cater for its funding as it was solely a private university by engaging in alternative measures, through the establishment of eight additional Academic Centres, to add to the only existing one.

”There used to be only one centre in the university; Center for Research and International Cooperation, because of the need to look inward and see how to improve on our finances, we created eight more academic centres.

”One of those is the Centre for Summer Studies, which avails students the opportunity to remedy their poor performance during the academic session in the holiday period, from July to September.

”In the first year, we were able to gather N29.9 million in a space of three months, in the second year, we got N68 million and in the third year, we got N120 million.

”We also evolved the top up and conversion programme,” he said.

The professor said that the institution was able to tackle the problem of electricity by investing in solar to generate power supply and this saved the university the sum of N500,000 spent on generator in three days.

He said that the bar for the number of programmes the school offers was also raised within his administration from 99 to 155.

The Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Control added that as a way of improving staff welfare, the institution supports staff financially to obtain PhD.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ibrahim would be replaced by Prof. Noah Yusuf, who was approved by the Governing Council on Tuesday. (NAN)

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

Bushrah Yusuf: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

COVID-19: Bua group donates 3 ambulances to Delta Govt. Gov. Sule urges Lafia residents to use Community Assemblies to foster unity CSOs raise alarm over growing incidents of rape for ritual Demand for CRVS low in Nigeria — NPC Chairman Oyetola seeks collective efforts against insurgency Kaduna CSO seeks more govt. funding to tackle rising health challenges among women, children  El Salvador to give immunity passport to those who recovered from COVID-19 RTEAN urges Gov Sanwo-Olu to intervene in tanker drivers’ strike Physically challenged persons to get automatic employment in Oyo–Gov’s aide FMDQ says new CAMA will change Nigerian financial markets Iran warns against “politicising” Beirut explosions German foreign minister wants South Korean participation in G7 summit Truck kills 2 undergraduates in Ekiti Blasphemy: Court sentences man to death by hanging in Kano Non-contact sports: Coaches, sports enthusiasts want sports centres reopened NTTF considers organising 2020 Nigeria Open before end of year Kaduna Govt sets Aug. 18, deadline for submission of 2021 expenditure proposals Abia APC Caucus expresses satisfaction with Buhari’s administration performance eTransact, Niger Insurance notify shareholders of delayed submission of financials Political Scientist urges Edo politicians to play games according to rules  Celtic given tricky tie in UEFA Champions League qualifiers, Red Star drawn away COVID-19: NITDA assures school of support on robot innovation Britain’s Prime Minister criticises new wave of migrant boat crossings Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho off to pre-season camp amid transfer speculation Alleged Insubordination : Nasarawa Assembly suspends LG boss JAMB says varsities, polytechnics, others can start Post-UTME test Sept. 7 Man docked over alleged N2.4m land fraud COVID-19 mortality cases rise to 200 in Lagos Gov. AbdulRazaq congratulates Olofa at 57 Police arraign man over alleged injury on woman during party meeting Italian bank becomes Atalanta sponsor after UBI take-over FRSC arrests 26 drivers over unlatched containers in Lagos, Ogun Czech Republic flat blaze being investigated as murder Banditry: Gov. Masari advocates re-introduction of village security council NIS arrests irregular Cameroonian migrant in C/River Atletico Madrid resume training as rest of squad test negative for COVID-19 America-based musician advises gospel artistes against arrogance NANS solicits police support to end rape in Enugu Edo 2020: Ize-Iyamu promises infrastructure devt, security in Esanland 2023: Aspirant says Plateau PDP needs positive reforms to recapture power Wages commission clarifies payment of salary, allowance, pension arrears WHO says over $100bn needed to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines Nigeria innovation summit essential for businesses in critical times — Organisers COVID-19: Virologist stresses need for local production of PPEs C/River evaluates vulnerable households for CBT PSG get sponsorship deal with Hisense Group lauds PDP over violence-free congress in Enugu Britain’s Johnson criticises new wave of migrant boat crossings Insecurity: students association urges FG to intensify efforts to tackle menace Kaduna Govt. partners CSOs to increase funding for nutrition