Egbewole, UNILORIN VC tasks senior academics on mentorship

Professor Wahab Egbewole

ILORIN (Sundiata Scholar) – The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Prof. Wahab Egbewole, has directed senior faculty members and seasoned researchers working for the organisation to mentor their junior colleagues appropriately.

On Wednesday in Ilorin, Egbewole delivered this counsel while presiding over the Faculty of Physical Sciences’ maiden retreat, which had as its topic “Vision 1:10:500: A Realistic Approach.”

According to him, mentoring will guarantee Unilorin’s long-term growth and development.Egbewole, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. Suleiman Ambali, stressed the importance of mentorship in shaping the future of the institution.

He voiced worry that the university’s future might be in jeopardy due to a lack of appropriate mentoring.

He noted that the goal of the retreat’s theme is to reestablish the Faculty of Physical Sciences as the top in Nigeria, 10th in Africa, and one of the world’s top 500.

The vice chancellor praised Prof. Abdullahi Alafara, the dean of the faculty, and his team for their dedication to attaining international recognition.

Egbewole argued that the Faculty has a common responsibility to forward this vision by utilising the knowledge of the renowned scientists who work there.

In a noteworthy development for innovation and academic research, the vice chancellor also declared the resuscitation of the Senate Research Grant.

He explained that substantial funds have been allocated to support this research initiative in the coming year.

In addition, he declared that the goal of research will henceforth be problem-solving rather than just promotion in the future.

Egbewole expressed hope that aligning research objectives to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will lead to greater chances and a range of international research funds.

Additionally, he disclosed that the university intended to implement a monthly rating system for departments and faculties.He claims that this programme will help in evaluating the effectiveness of departments, faculties, units, and centres.

The retreat’s goal, according to previous remarks made by Prof. Baba Alafara, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences, was to produce a workforce that is success-driven and goal-oriented.

He stated that the goal of this is to deliver services in line with international best practices, which are significant steps towards realising the institution’s objective.