Trouble Looms in Unilorin

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Crisis Hits Unilorin as Outgone, Incumbent VCs Clash, Causes Delay In Release of Admission List

All seems not to be well with the leadership of the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN as both the outgone Vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiy Ambali and the incumbent VC, Prof. Abdulkareem Sulyman Age are reportedly at loggerheads, a development that has slightly affected the running of the school.

Our source gathered that this development is responsible for the delay in the release of the university’s admission list for the 2017/18 academic session. Applicants have been eagerly awaiting the release of the admission list since they wrote the university post utme early September.

According to sources within the institution, the current VC, Prof. Abdulkareem upon resumption of office, rejected the admission list prepared under the administration of Prof. Ambali due to perceived irregularities and ordered that the admission selection be started afresh.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday reported that alleged friction in the campus was as a result of the former vice-chancellor being locked out of the convocation venue on October 20, just a few days to the expiration of his tenure.

NAN reports that while it was true that Ambali was conspicuously absent at the venue on the the first day of the convocation, he was, however, in attendance on the second day.
Abdulkareem resumed his new position on October 16 following the expiration of the tenure of Ambali.

Sources, who were privy to the issue, stated that Ambali, who was in company of his friends and family members, was denied access into the campus through the main gate. He, however, reportedly detoured and followed a new route, which links the school from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, only for the gate of the side to be also closed when the security guards sited him.

Ambali was said to have made frantic effort to get the new Vice-Chancellor through a phone call and Abdulkareem reportedly promised that keys would be brought to open the gate. The source said: “After over 45 minutes of Prof Ambali’s stay at the locked gate, his followers became agitated and wanted to cause crisis, which might disrupt the convocation.

“He, however, pleaded with them and urged them to follow him to his private residence.”
This, he said, was the reason why the former Unilorin chief was not part of the University council’s procession on the first day.

Collaborating the issue, a staff of the institution, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that less than 72 hours after Abdulkareem took over, he transferred no fewer than 28 staff in the office of the Vice-Chancellor and replaced them with his people with immediate effect.

He said that the action was against an advice that the staff should be allowed to stay to understudy them before any transfer. It was also gathered that both the Dean and Sub-deans of Students Affairs were also moved without any reason except that they were allegedly loyal to the former vice-chancellor.

All these actions, the staff alleged, was creating a tension and division among the staff of the institution.
Efforts to get the reaction of the former and incumbent VCs did not yield result.

The Head of Corporate Affairs Unit of the University, Kunle Akogun, however, denied the development saying that there was no friction between the outgone and current VCs of the university, describing the report as a rumour and urged the university community to ignore it.

Head, Corporate Affair Unit, Kunle Akogun

He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Sunday that the report was just an imagination of those that did not mean well for the University. Akogun explained that there was no tension whatsoever in the school as there were no disagreement and misunderstanding between Ambali and Abdukareem.

He noted that the incumbent vice-chancellor even sang the accolade on his predecessor throughout the programmes of the University’s 33rd Convocation. Akogun also quoted the new boss to have pledged to continue with the good work the former VC engaged in during his five years reign at the University.

He disclosed that presently 69 projects were inaugurated during Ambali’s tenure.