West African Universities To Set Up Research Centre For Herbal Drugs

West African Universities, AWAU, Herbal Drugs, herbsThe Association of West African Universities (AWAU) has concluded arrangement to establish a research centre to produce internationally accepted herbal medicines.

The association says the development is targeted at catering for the health need of Africans.

The Chairman of AWAU and Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, made the announcement on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He explained that the association was established to promote African brotherhood and ensure that the peculiar needs of the black race were discussed with solutions proffered.

Professor Ambali hinted that six universities in West Africa had been saddled with the responsibility to establish the African Herbal Research Centre.

He said University of Ilorin had been selected for the research with a vice chancellor from South Africa as its director.

The academic explained further that the centre would make research into African herbal resources and come up with internationally accepted herbal drugs for the black race.

JAMB’s Registrar Supports Establishment Of More Universities

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has expressed his support for the establishment of more universities in the country.

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMBThis he claimed will cater for the yearly shortfall experienced during admission processes.

The JAMB boss at the matriculation ceremony of the University of Ilorin noted that with the establishment of more universities by the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians, thousands of eligible students would have the opportunity of obtaining tertiary education in disciplines of their choice.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), last week approved the establishment of three new universities to be established in the northern part of the country.

The older universities he added could not accommodate the yearly huge number of applicants seeking admission and praised the efforts of the federal government in that regard.

The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali had earlier  during the matriculation for the newly admitted students for 2012/2013 academic session painted a gloomy picture of how 43,000 students obtained the 200 marks score of the institution whereas only 7,000 could be offered admission due to lack of space.

He challenged the lucky few admitted for the new academic session to be serious with their studies and avoid acts that could make them to be expelled.

Christian and Muslim leaders trade words over burnt Church in Ilorin

The Christian community in Ilorin has accused the Secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee (NIREC) and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Isiaq Oloyede of setting a church ablaze over land dispute.

Members of the Living Faith Church (a branch of Winners Chapel) along Airport road in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital woke up Monday morning to find their new church razed down by unknown people.

The new church building which was constructed about two months ago has been an issue of litigation between the church and members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in the city.

While briefing the press on the issue, the state secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Cornelius Fawenu alleged that the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin had thrice threatened to deal with the worshippers, claiming that the land belonged to Muslims.

The clergy further alleged that Professor Oloyede had also threatened to dislodge them by all means if possible.

Reverend Fawenu also added that several efforts have been made to avert trouble as the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the state governor and the state Commissioner of Police were contacted to avert trouble.

Reacting, Professor Isiaq Oloyede fuming with anger denied ever being involved in the fracas and he threatened to sue the leadership of Christians in the state for damaging his name.

As the secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee, Professor Oloyede said he will never be involved in what could lead to crisis in whatever form and urged Christians in the state to avoid dragging his name into mud.

A visit to the church reveals the total destruction of musical instrument and chairs in the church as remnants of burnt equipments litter the surrounding.

Although the church which is still under construction had been used on several occasion for worshipping.

All efforts to get the reaction of the police proved abortive as the state Commissioner of Police and the Police Public Relation Officer were not on duty despite several visits.