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Posted on: May 06, 2019 | Author : Professor Oyesoji Aremu

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all UIDLC learners on the successful completion of the 2017/2018 academic session. It has been a peculiar and remarkable session. We have cause to look back and give praises to God for wisdom and enablement to sail through successfully.

On behalf of the management and entire staff of the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre, I must sincerely appreciate learners on the Centre's platform for the support and understanding they gave despite challenges which trailed the session. Chief among such is the ASUU nationwide strike action which started at the verge of the commencement of the Centre's second semester examinations.

Another hitch we had to contend with was the JAMB examinations held at the UIDLC Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Centre. I must thank learners and stakeholders for their patience and understanding when the timetable was revised to accommodate the JAMB examinations. The inconveniences are highly regretted. By schedule, the nationwide examinations would not have affected UIDLC examinations if not for the shift in examination date occasioned by the strike earlier mentioned.

Specifically, I also deeply appreciate the Centre's learners for adjusting to the exigent mode adopted for deployment of the Second Semester Continuous Assessment tests. Their comportment during the session is a clear depiction of their maturity and cooperation. This is the University of Ibadan and indeed the Centre's pride.

The end of the 2017/2018 examinations signals the end of the 2017/2018 academic session. Once again, all the glory be to God. I should mention that prospective learners are being engaged on the Admissions Portal. Sale of 2018/2019 application forms would ultimately close on 21 May, 2019. Screening of prospective learners and payment of Acceptance Fees are on going at the Centre's Morohundiya office complex, Idi Ose, Ibadan.

I want to use this medium to appreciate the firm support and cooperation received from the Vice Chancellor, Professor A.I. Olayinka and his management team. I also express gratitude to Heads of Department, course facilitators, management and staff of the UIDLC. The Centre's stakeholders within and outside the University of Ibadan are equally appreciated.

I am glad to announce that the Centre will resume the 2018/2019 academic session on 3 June, 2019. This would come about the same time counterparts on the regular mode would also resume. However, learners on the ODL platform are advised to make self-study a lifestyle as it is the practice on ODL mode. The Centre is working assiduously to get the portal up and running. The temporary hitch is being experienced in order for us to have a more effective service delivery.

The 2018/2019 Matriculation Ceremony would be a joint event this year. Fresh learners on the UIDLC mode and their counterparts on the regular mode will converge at the International Conference Centre on 26 June, 2019 to be matriculated as bona fide students of the University of Ibadan. The orientation schedule would be made public in the coming week.

As a new chapter opens as from June 03, 2019, I sincerely solicit learners' continued cooperation to ensure a hitch free 2018/2019 academic session. I want to assure final year learners that the Management is doing its best possible in processing their results to enable them participate in the convocation ceremonies come November, 2019. However, I specially admonish them to comply with the deadline for submission of 2017/2018 projects scheduled for 28 June, 2019. Results of any final year learner whose project is not submitted by this date would not be considered for graduation this year. The implication is that such would have to register for an extra year in order to complete the project and graduate.

As part of the Centre's poise to make outstanding learners to enjoy recognition during Graduation Ceremonies, the Management of the Centre has instituted a prize, named Director's Prize for the Overall Best Graduating Learner. The value of the prize which has been approved by the Vice Chancellor is N50,000.00 only. Efforts are also ongoing to institute more prizes.

The Centre is not unaware of the challenges in respect of some outstanding results of one or two sessions. While these are being tackled, I appeal specially to affected learners to be patient.

At this juncture, I implore learners to check their UIDLC dedicated email accounts for regular update from the Centre as we approach the 2018/19 Academic Session. Learners and stakeholders may also like the Centre's Facebook page (Unibadan Distance Learning Centre) for up to date news from the Centre. The Centre's website (www.dlc.ui.edu.ng) is just a click away. Learners and indeed members of the public may also use this opportunity to be duly informed by visiting this domain.

Thank you and God bless.

Professor Oyesoji Aremu
Director, University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre

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