The University of Ilorin, Kwara State, has turned out a total of 69 First Class graduates to mark its 31st convocation and 40th anniversary.
Speaking with journalists in llorin, the state capital, on Tuesday, the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, said that out of 6,710 graduating students, 1,392 bagged Second Class (Upper Division), 2,884 got Second Class (lower division), adding that 932 were awarded Third Class while 82 got Pass.
Professor Ambali, who described the university as the fastest growing university in Africa, said that. a total of 22 development projects, built by about N2 billion TETFUND grants, would be inaugurated to mark the 40th anniversary of the institution.
He mentioned part of the projects to include lecture theatres, laboratories, medical assessment centre, 200-bed private hostel, electricity supply from main campus to College of Health Science, road construction, rehabilitation of 650-seater science lecture theatre, among others. Professor Ambali, who commended the Federal Government for the release of funds for the capital projects, sought additional funds to provide more projects to increase its admission quota.
He said that available capacity in the university could not match the increasing number of admission seekers in the country, explaining to parents that the authorities could not compromise quality nor contravene the NUC directive on number of students to be admitted.
“We want to improve access to education, but we can’t compromise quality. Also,the NUC is the body controlling the admission. We have to abide by the rules set. There are other good universities in the country. I can only assure parents that the Federal Government will increase facilities that will enable us to admit more students,” he said.