GOOD NEWS: Unilorin SU President Emerges Best President In Nigeria

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Harvest  of laurel as Unilorin students show class.
The University of Ilorin has again shown its class among the committee of Nigerian higher educational institutions with the recent harvest of laurels by its students in various inter-university competitions.
Mr. Shobowale Lukman, the President of the institution’s Students' Union, was voted the Best Students' Union President in the country at this year's Annual University Crest Awards, which took place at the University of Ibadan, penultimate Saturday (March 25, 2017).

Also, at the Annual Students' Legislative Summit, held at the University of Ibadan on March 17, 2017, Mr. Oladejo Sherifdeen, a member of the Unilorin Students' Representatives Council, emerged the Best Speaker while the Unilorin team, took the second position, trailing the host University of Ibadan, which came first.

The University students' debating team also excelled in various debating competitions, including the Voice of Reason Masters Round Debate Championship held at the University of Calabar between March 30 and April 3, 2017; the 2017 Nigerian International Model United Nations (NIGIMUN) Oratory Championship held at Lead City University, Ibadan, and the Joint Tax Board Debate, held in Ilorin.

Presenting the award winners to the Vice-Chancellor and members of his management team last Wednesday (April 4, 2017), the Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. A. E. Talabi, said the various awards by the 32 Unilorin students signified a major milestone and an indication that the University is indeed better by far in all ramifications. In his own remarks, the Chairman of the Unilorin Quiz and Debate Committee, Dr. R. O.

Arise, explained that the University took part in two debate competitions, coming first and second in the Masters Round Debate Championship and third in the 2017 Nigerian International Model United Nations (NIGIMUN) Oratory Championship held at Lead City University, Ibadan.

According to Dr. Arise, the Unilorin students won the Best Speaker award for the two championships, noting that the institution presented six teams of two members each for the Masters Round Championship where four of the teams got to the semi-final stage before eventually coming First and Second respectively.

He commended the Vice-Chancellor for his continuous approval for students' participation at the championships and for his support. He then assured the University management that the Committee would continue to work hard to win laurels and bring more honours to the University.

“Without this regular and robust encouragement, it would have been impossible to discover and showcase these talents and potentials of our students who are better by far than their counterparts in other Nigerian Universities”, Dr. Arise submitted.

Also presenting the students who won an award at the Joint Tax Board debate held in Ilorin, Dr. (Mrs.) H. I. Salman of the Faculty of Law explained that four students from the institution qualified for the main event where the University came Third.

In his own remarks, the Students' Union President, Mr. Shobowale, recounted how he took part in the Annual Students Award, the first inter-universities award, where he emerged the best Students’ Union President in the Federal University Category.

The Students' Union President, who dedicated the award to the entire students' body of the University, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support to the Union. He said that the new generation of students are for constructive unionism and innovation.

The Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Talabi, who was visibly excited, presented all the award plaques, medals, cash prizes and certificates to the Vice-Chancellor, who in turn presented them to the students.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, expressed his delight that the University is raising quality students that are capable of making a difference in the society, saying, “Today is the happiest day of my life. What I am seeing today is a proof that your lecturers are putting in their best. You have demonstrated that your life is being improved with the training you are getting here. You will do well when you graduate. I encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Prof. Ambali told the students that the University would form a life-long partnership with them, as he charged them to remember their Alma Mater wherever they find themselves on completion of their studies.

To the Students' Union President, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We are very proud of you. You have shown that you are a leader in your own right. It is our desire that you will continue to express what you are made of everywhere you go”.

Prof. Ambali congratulated the entire students of the institution for producing a president that has been adjudged the best Students' Union President in the country.

The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that he would create a corner for students' awards plaques in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor where the awards would be housed for future reference.

“You are making history by writing your own history. When you look back, you will be proud of your achievements”, he added. He, thereafter, announced a cash reward of N10,000 each for all the 32 students and N20,000 each for their lecturers and coaches.

The Vice-Chancellor was joined to receive the victorious students by top officials of theUniversity, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. A. Y. Abdulkareem; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi; the University Librarian, Dr. Joseph Omoniyi; and the Deputy Bursar, Mr. Munir Dere. Also in attendance were the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. A. Yusuf; Dr. (Mrs.) R. T. Salman, Dr. A. A. Owoade, and the Head of the Corporate Affairs Directorate; Mr. Kunle Akogun.


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