In 41 Years, 29% of 188 UNILORIN Professors Walked the Public through Researches that Addressed Health Needs, Challenges

The University of Ilorin is one of the second generation universities established in the 70s by the military administration. As a university that has academics, who teach and research various issues and needs in the Nigerian society, the expectation is that its academics deliver inaugural speeches like their counterparts in the world.

An inaugural speech is an address to the university community and members of the public on specific areas that the academics have researched and taught for a number of years. The highest number of inaugural speeches was delivered between 2012 and 2013. The first year of the 41 years, the University had 2 professors who delivered their speeches. Unfortunately, 40 years (2020) after, one speech was delivered.

Source: University of Ilorin, 1979-2020; AbitoCitta Analysis, 2021

In our analysis of 188 of the speeches delivered between 1979 and 2020 at the University of Ilorin, we found that 29.8% of the professors who delivered the speeches discussed various health challenges and needs during the period. Ten of the 56 speeches which constituted the 29.8% were delivered in 2012, and 6 in 2014, while 4 were delivered each in 2017, 2018. Our analysis also indicates presentation 3 speeches each in 2003 and 2004. In line with this trend, our analyst notes that the University and professors seem to work assiduously towards delivering research outcomes capable of helping the country solving her health needs and challenges such as infectious diseases, control of vector some diseases, maternal mortality, infant mortality, poor sanitation and hygiene, disease surveillance, non-communicable diseases and road traffic injuries among others.

Despite addressing one of the critical areas of the Nigerian society, our analyst notes that academics, who will be delivering their speech in the subsequent years, should consider other areas that received little attention between 1979 and 2020. For instance, the University cannot afford not to actualise its core purpose of existence, contributing to the rapidly expanding economy through innovative research outputs that address socioeconomic and political problems in its close and distant communities.

Source: University of Ilorin, 1979-2020; AbitoCitta Analysis, 2021

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