At the grand finale of the University of Ilorin 32nd Convocation Ceremonies, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), made a self-assessment of his tenure — since he took over the mantle of leadership, four years back — saying he has largely kept to his promise.
While presenting his speech, the VC remarked that, “In the year 2012 when I came in as Vice-Chancellor of this University, I promised you all that I am going to leave University of Ilorin better than I inherited it; four years running, I think I have kept my promise”.
But, in an emotion-laden voice, Prof. Ambali noted that he would not be the chairman of the 33rd convocation ceremonies, where his tenure would have elapsed shortly before then. His words, “This is my last convocation that I would chair as Vice-Chancellor of this great University, as my tenure would end few days to next year’s convocation”.
Prof. Ambali, who described his tenure as an “interesting journey”, said that whatever success the University of Ilorin has garnered — that made it the people’s first choice — was a result of the 41 years endeavours. He then acknowledged the deeds of his predecessors, for having laid a solid foundation for the university. He said, “Without the foundation and edifice these great Nigerians built, there would be no University to take to a higher level. May God multiply their kind as well as all those who worked with them in various capacities.”
He further expressed hearty remarks of appreciation to the members of the University community and other stakeholders for their support, hitherto. And the Principal Officers of the University: “You are all pleasant people to work with.”