Following the establishment of the University of Ilorin as a University College of the University of Ibadan by the Federal Government of Nigeria in September, 1975, the Faculty of Science was one of three Foundation Faculties that started Academic business on 23rd October, 1976.
The five foundation departments were Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology and Mineral Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. In the 1977/78 Session two more departments ,Biochemistry and Statistics were added. The department of Biological Sciences was splitted into three, namely Microbiology,Plant Biology and Zoology in 2000/2001 academic session. while Computer Science was transferred to Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences in 2008/2009 session. Currently there are ten (10) programmes in the nine (9) Departments of the Faculty. Chemistry department has two programmes which are Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry started as one of the foundation departments in the Faculty of Science in 1976, currently the department is one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Science. Chemistry – a central discipline of science – deals with the world around us including life and physical science. It plays a vital part in our understanding of the structure and interactions of matter in the universe. Therefore it impacts on fields such as geology, environmental studies, medicine, new materials and agriculture.
Unilorin has one of the best Chemistry departments in Nigeria. 38 academics and support staff interact with over 1,139 undergraduate and 60 postgraduate students. The learning environment is relaxed, with supervisors and lecturers operating an "open door" policy. Regular seminars and informal get – together of students and staff help promote a friendly working atmosphere. The Department is equipped to carry out research in various areas of chemistry. The Department aims to foster the critical, analytical and presentation skills required for professional scientist. Interdisciplinary research and partnership with industries are particularly encouraged.
Some of the niche areas of research in the Department include natural products, synthetic chemistry, Atmospheric & water Chemistry, Solid minerals processing, Material Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry & metal – drugs complex, Food chemistry and industrial chemical processes.
The vision of the Department of Chemistry is to establish itself as a world – class in terms of the quality of the graduates it produces, quality and significance of its teaching, quality of its research and the scholarship of its staff. The Department of Chemistry provides a high level, quality learning experience for all its students, from undergraduate to postgraduate, in both the theoretical and practical aspects of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry has research links with several universities in Africa, Europe and North America. The Department is also a member of Pan African Chemistry Networks (PACN).
The Department of Chemistry provides high level quality learning experience for all its students, from undergraduate to postgraduate, in both the theoretical and applied aspects of chemistry.
There are a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in chemistry leading to the following qualifications:
- B.Sc. Chemistry
- B.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
- M.Sc. Chemistry
- M.Sc. Industrial Chemistry
- Ph.D. Chemistry
The Department offers mainstream undergraduate courses in Analytical, Inorganic, Industrial, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with elective courses in Medicinal & Environmental Chemistry. Chemistry is a key foundation course at University of Ilorin and is taken by over 2000 students from College of Health Science, Faculties of Science, Engineering & Technology, Agriculture and Education. B.Sc. Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry students are required to offer and pass some courses in the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Biology, Statistics and Zoology, in addition to General study courses.
The department is committed to teaching and research.
Why study Chemistry at Unilorin?
Chemistry is highly prized qualification
Graduates are directly employable
Postgraduate degrees are in demand in many industries
The versatility of the Chemistry qualification is borne out by the fact that our graduates find employment in diverse fields such as: Petroleum industries, Agrochemicals, Pharmaceutical & Medicinal, Polymer industries, etc.
A B.Sc. (Chemistry/Industrial Chemistry) degree enables student to enter M.Sc. and Ph.D. programmes at Unilorin and other universities in Nigeria and abroad.
Brief History of the Department of Mathematics
The department came into existence in 1976 with Professor E.A. Bangudu
(then Dr. E.A Bangudu) as its acting head and Professor P. Onumanyi
(then Mr. Onumanyi) as a graduate assistant.
Between 1978 and 1984 the department enjoyed the services of six expatriates among whom was Professor Singha who then headed the department in substantive capacity. During this period, the department also fully utilized the Staff Development Programme of the University which enabled all its newly employed graduate assistants to obtain higher degree qualifications.
The foundation students of the department came into residence on Saturday, October 23, 1976 and academic activities commenced the following Monday.
From a staff strength of about three initially, the current teaching staff strength of the department is fifteen.
Some staff of the department who at one time or the other has been a Dean in the University include:
Prof. M. A. Ibiejugba Dean PG School (1991-1995)
Prof. T. O. Opoola Dean of Science (2001-2006)
Prof. J. A. Gbadeyan Dean PG School (2005-Date)
The syllabus for the Undergraduate Mathematics Programme which was drawn up in
1976 has since then undergone four reviews. The present syllabus, in addition to fully
satisfying the minimum academic standard required by the National Universities.
Commission, includes several other courses and topics.
It is worthy to note that in 1978, the department of Statistics was carved out of the
department. Later the Computer Science Programme, which was housed in the
department since 1992, became a full fledge department in 2004.
Philosophy and Objectives of the Department of Mathematics
The philosophy of the department is to produce graduates who are well-trained in all facets of Mathematics with the main purpose of meeting national needs in the area of technological advancement which is currently a global concern. Problem appreciation is located in the concrete objective of the Nigerian situation and cultural milieu.
The objectives of the department are :
i. To train students to be self-reliant in their chosen field of Mathematics.
ii. To produce students who are adequately prepared for postgraduate work.
iii. To produce Mathematicians who can readily impart their knowledge to students at lower levels of education.
iv. Development of self-confidence in handling problems with minimal or no supervision.
v. To train students to develop confidence in appreciating and solving problems in general.
vi. To produce students with good educational foundation for a range of career in public service, industries and commerce.
Department of Physics
The philosophy of the programme is the understanding of NATURE through Physics for intellectual and technological development of the society.
The B.Sc. Physics programme in the Faculty of Science, University of Ilorin, was introduced as one of the first set of academic programmes started by the University in 1976-77 sessions. From that time the programme and the Department fostering it have developed considerably in terms of the staff strength, available laboratory space and other physical facilities, student numbers, curriculum and research.
Brief History of the Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin
The Department of Statistics, University of Ilorin, was established in the 1977/78 academic year with Prof. S.K. Singha as the first head of the Department. The first batch of students graduated in the 1979/80 academic year.
The Department started with three full time academic staff members, namely:
- S. K. Sigha
- E.T. Jolayemi
- A.F. Ige
From that time the Department has been growing both in terms of number and quality of academic staff in one hand and also the number and grades of degree and diploma programmes on the other. We would like to commend the University of Ilorin authorities for their continuous support and for providing academic learning environment that is conducive. I will also want to commend the members of staff, Department of Statistics. One of the unwritten cultures of the Department is delivery of course lectures as soon as academic year begins and also submission of students’ grades as soon as the examinations are over. This has been sustaining over the year.
OUR VISION AND OUR MISSION
OUR VISION: When we arrived, we met on ground a department that was very active Academically. We joined in the excitement. Our vision was to build a Department of Statistics that would be second to none, at least on the West African Coast. We were very much conscious of the other Departments at the University of Ibadan and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. We were also very much aware of the Statistics programme at the ABU department of Mathematics. Our object was to become the reference point in Statistics. Our unwritten motto was ‘Ajise bi Oyo laari, Oyo ki ise bi enikan. To this end, our first act on arrival here was to carry out a critical review of the existing undergraduate syllabus.
Therefore, we proposed Postgraduate Syllabus. We also instituted Departmental seminars at which some of the lecturers were invited from the two close-by Universities at Ife and Ibadan. All these were instituted to make our Department the envy of other sister Departments of Statistics in the Country.
OUR MISSION: Our mission was to develop a Department of Statistics, here at Ilorin.
- that will continue in the best tradition of academic,
- that will continue to attract the best brains.
- That will continue to produce competent statisticians for the public
establishments, industry and academic institutions.
- that will be a second home for members of staff.
These desires found expressions in the way we conducted ourselves, in the dedication we had brought into the performance of our duties, in the way we related with our students and in the enviable relationship developed and nurtured between staff members.
I do challenge the department that it should never be second to any. It must strive to be the BEST. Only the best is good enough for us.
I wish all our students a successful career in Statistics, the science of planning and decision-making
In 2005, the Department published the maiden edition of “LIST OF GRADUATES IN STATISTICS, From 1980 to April 2005” which is meant to serve different specific purposes, some of which are enumerated as follows.
- There is a need to get out records accurately and made easily accessible to all that may need them. In fact the principle of statistics, that the department represents, is data gathering and ability to make inference and decisions based on the data
- There may be a need to reposition the Department for it to be able to take advantage of the unknown but dynamic future. For example, about 1000 graduates have been turned out. What have been their impact and contributions to the national economy? How can we improve on the quality or quantity of the degrees we award? Has it been difficult for our graduates to get on board in a broader national life?
- The graduates may want to know themselves. We have listed the graduates in alphabetical order and according to the degree programme, i.e. Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics. This can be found in the Department on request. This publication is to assist in sensitizing the public and in particular those listed to participate in this very noble course of annual prizes to ‘’best’’ students at all categories.
- The University and the nation need to know whether the large investment made is paying off or not. Is the rate at which we are going satisfactory to the nation?
- The Department needs more annual prizes to graduating students in all categories as incentives for healthy academic competition and moral character building. The few prizes currently available have come from just two spirited families as can be observed.
- Senate prize. A sum of five thousand naira may be awarded each session by senate to the student(s) adjudged to have achieved the best overall performance in each Faculty
- Senate prize. A sum of two thousand and five hundred naira may be awarded by senate to two students with the best performance in each Department
- The Titus Adeboye Prize. An annual prize donated by Dr. Titus Adeboye for award to the best final year student in sample survey and design of experiments in the Statistics Department
- The Bioye Oyeleke Prize. An annual prize donated by Mr. Bioye Oyeleke for award to the best final year student in Statistics Department.
- The Bioye Oyeleke prize in Statistics (300 level). An annual prize donated by Mr. Bioye Oyeleke for award to the best 300 level students in Department of Statistics.
In particular, parents, graduates from this Department and the general public are encouraged to donate annual prizes to encourage the up - coming ones.
Prof. Uche Basil, Eke
Area of specialization: Synthetic organometallic chemistry, structural chem.
Mission: To contribute to the growth of chemistry as a discipline through teaching and research in the sub-discipline of organometallic chemistry.
Vision: To synthesis novel organometallic molecules possessing wide applications in heterogeneous catalysis, asymmetric molecules, clean, renewable energy and pollution benediction.
Status: Professor of Chemistry.
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Details of Administrative Experience and Service to the Community (with status and dates where applicable) University Community:
- Level Adviser to several levels for many years.
- Departmental Examinations Officer (2000-2003).
- Member, Faculty of Science Certificate Screening Committee (2003-2006).
- Member, Faculty of Science Examination Malpractice Committee (2005-2010).
- Chairman, Faculty of Engineering and Technology Certificate Screening Committee (2006-2010).
- Member, University Environmental Protection Committee (2005 – 2007).
- Member, Faculty of Science Curriculum Review Committee (2006).
- Chairman, Departmental Academic Planning Committee (2008- 2010).
- Departmental Postgraduate Studies Coordinator (2008 –2010).
- Faculty Representative at Senate (2009-2011).
- Chairman, Faculty of Science Examination Malpractice Committee (2010).
- Member Faculty of Science (2010) Accreditation Committee.
- Chairman, Departmental (2010) Accreditation Committee.
- Head of Department (2010 – 2013)
- Chairman, University of Ilorin Sports Council (2015 – date)
- Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences (2016 - date)
Current research initiatives
- Organotin (iv) complexes of some biologically active molecules.
- Transformation of agricultural resources by solid-acid catalysts.
- Ligand design.
- Lubricant life span indicator project (Lubcon commissioned collaboration with the Department of Chemistry)