THE vice chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali, has said that a total number of 104,000 candidates made the university as their first choice in the 2017/2018 admission through the JAMB.
Speaking at the 40th anniversary celebration of the department of History and International Studies of the university in Ilorin on Thursday, the vice chancellor said that only about 11,000 university admission seekers would get admission spaces.
Professor Ambali, who was represented at the occasion by the deputy vice chancellor, Management Services, Professor Adedayo Abdulkareem, said that the peaceful and stable academic calendar of the university had made the institution to be the most sought among admission seekers in the country in the past four years.
Ambali also said that infrastructural development coupled with accreditation of most of the courses being offered, including academic abilities of the students and graduates of the university had made the institution a first choice among admission seekers in the country.
Also speaking, the chairman of the occasion, who is also an erudite Ilorin historian, Alhaji Lasisi A.K Jimoh, said that Nigeria needed to look beyond the 1914 amalgamation for the cause of the prevailing mutual trust and hatred among various people in the country.
Alhaji Jimoh also said that the mutual distrust and hatred had triggered agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria.
He emphasised the need for study of History in the country, adding that, “we must study history because it is divine to do so since all the major religions of the world teach us history”.
Alhaji Jimoh, who said that the fight against corruption had become a recurring decimal in the country, added that it was necessary for Nigeria to go back to history “to see whether we are getting the fight right or not”.
In his remarks, the Head of Department of History and International Studies, Dr Ibrahim Jawondo, called on corporate organizations and well-meaning individuals in the country to assist the department to meet parts of its infrastructural needs aimed at improving academic learning and teaching.