The University of Ilorin has expressed the willingness to introduce electric bus services and intra-train to ease transportation challenge of students and staff in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdulwahab Egbewole stated this at an interactive Ramadan Iftar with journalists at the VC’s Lodge on the main campus in Ilorin on Monday.
He said “aside the effort the institution is making on the railway transportation, “we are also looking at electric bus transportation.
“The good thing about it is that this is open road few of our colleagues in the Department of electrical engineering are already working on that model and because we just released the Senate research grant, we are hoping that part of the grant will be used to work on that model.”
The Vice-Chancellor, noted that in the Interim more buses would be injected as discussions had been held with some of the people that intend to introduce more buses on the road.
“Transportation problem has reduced because what we have created at least within our campus from gate to point is smooth ride, we are also looking at the government of Kwara State in concluding the ongoing Tanke bridge project which will further reduce the transportation challenge.” He added.
On Where to see the University by the end of his tenure, the Vice-Chancellor expressed optimism in making the institution the number one University in Nigeria, Africa and to be one of the prominent key players in the world “with our vision one ten five hundred” he said.
On sports, Professor Egbewole expressed the willingness to support sports in all its ramification.
“We will continue to support sporting activities because we believe that the health of our students is important that sports has a way of impacting positively on,” he said.
“Our contingent will be part of the world University community games that is going to happen somewhere in Europe May or June as I discussed with the director of sports on logistics for that trip”, he concluded.