Nigeria: Unilorin VC Gets WASU Leadership Award

Nigeria: Unilorin VC Gets WASU Leadership Award

The Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has been presented with an award for his excellent leadership style in the university.

The award was given to him by the West African Students Union (WASU), with headquarters in Tema, Accra, Ghana, as the 2013 West African Leadership Award for Educational Development.

WASU’s Head of Parliament, Mr. Emmanuel Sobio was at the Vice Chancellor’s office last week Tuesday to present him the award.

While presenting it he said: “in recognition of the achievements of the University Ilorin, which is noted for uninterrupted academic calendar for several years now in a clime of strikes and academic stoppages that marked university system in Nigeria.”

Sobio added: “Our choice of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali for this award is in recognition of the dedication of a true son of Africa to the development of education not only in his native country, Nigeria, but across Africa, particularly the West African sub-region.

“We decided to confer this honour not just to celebrate the achievements and outstanding contributions of Prof. Ambali, but also to encourage him and his team to do more for Nigerian and African education. He should not relent in his efforts at re-defining academic standards across African universities.

“Our award is a wake -up call on others to realise that they are being watched. Everyone in public office is being critically monitored and their actions and inactions either good or bad are being scrutinised.”

The West African Leadership Award and Lecture Series, has, since the past 13 years, been organised in Ghana, where the West African Students Union (WASU), its initiator and promoter, has its headquarters.

According to the WASU Head of Parliament, “nominations were received from several Universities in West Africa and after close scrutiny by an international panel consisting of very eminent personalities across the sub-region, the nomination of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali stood out.”

According to,  Prof. Ambali said:  “It is true that though disagreements exist between university workers and their employer, that is the government, over conditions of service, the University of Ilorin had always believed that solution will ultimately require a round-table discussion.”

The Award presentation was witnessed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Bayo Lawal; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Yisa Fakunle; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi; the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. A. O. Omotesho; and the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf.

Also at the event were WASU Secretary-General, Mr. Bamidele Oladele Babs; the JCC Chairman, Kwara State, Mr. Abdulrazak Jeje and another executive council member, Mr. Olalekan Lawal.

News Source: Daily Times

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