Michael Olanrewaju, Ilorin.
The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Nigeria, Prof. Taofeek Ibrahim has advocated online education in Nigeria universities.
He made the advocacy while addressing Journalists during the “Newskeg” programme of the Correspondents’ chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kwara State Council at the Press Centre, Ilorin on Thursday.
According to erudite Professor of Medicine who specializes on Epidemology, safety of lives of the students should be given priority by the Governments as well as stakeholders in the educational sector.
Ibrahim opined that the core essence of universities are research, teaching and community service geared towards developments.
Giving account of his stewardship since he became the Vice Chancellor of the university in 2015, Prof. Ibrahim disclosed that his vision of introducing digital technology into teaching and learning. This, he said helped the university in surviving the challenges posed by coronavirus (COVID-19).
He added that all the lectures and examinations were concluded online. To do this, he averred that the lectures by the lecturers were levelled on WhatsApp and zoom opened by each lecturer on each of the classes. The lectures were usually sent a week to its being taught followed by voice notes. The lectures were delivered for about forty minutes before migrating to zoom.
He also disclosed that the university staff rose with over 500 workers between 2015 and 2020. The university full time lecturers rose from 157 in 2015 to 169 in 2020 while the academic personnel qualities increased from 70% to 80%.
Lamenting how global recession affected students” population in private universities, Prof. Ibrahim said that evolvement of centres like summer, top-up, entrepreneurial as well new faculties and programmes has continued to sustain the university under his watch.