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If the authorities of the University of Ilorin
accede to suggestions by members of the
institution’s Drone Team, it is highly
probable that the University will, in future,
monitor examinations conducted within the
campus with drones.

The drones, developed by a team
coordinated by Prof. Sulyman AbdulKareem
of the Department of Chemical Engineering,
added colours to the just concluded 40th
anniversary/31st convocation ceremonies of
the University.


Other members of the Unilorin Drone Team
include Dr. M.T. Yakubu of the Department
of Biochemistry; Dr Babalola of the
Department of Physics; Engineer Eric and
Mr. Ahmed, both of the Department
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.


In separate interviews with Unilorin Bulletin
last Thursday (November 12, 2015), the Co-
ordinator of the team, Prof. AbdulKareem,
and another key member of the team, Dr.
Yakubu, said that drones can be used to
monitor the conduct of examinations in
future as well as general campus
surveillance in conjunction with the security
personnel”.


According to Prof. AbdulKareem, “the use
of drones has come to stay because where
you don’t want to endanger human life, a
machine, which a drone is, can go there and
still get the information you need”.

He
pointed out that “drones, rather than
infringing on human rights, actually protect
human rights because the man who wants
to do evil and knows that a machine can
remotely capture his act, will not likely do
it”.


The Unilorin Drone Team Coordinator, who
is the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of Al-
Hikmah University, Ilorin, disclosed that
some academic departments in the
University have started showing interest in
the use of the drone. He said, “I believe that
apart from giving practical knowledge to
those in Geography, Electrical Engineering
and Physics, virtually any Department that
may have a reason to capture events
beyond what is in front of the camera,
which has to be aerially covered, can use
the drone.”


Prof. AbdulKareem urged the University
administration to challenge people to do
more “because there are lots of students
who are eager to learn and who have ideas
that they can put into practice if they have
good supervision. He said, “I believe it is a
matter of encouragement. Most Nigerian
universities should be able to do wonderful
things and make major breakthroughs”,
noting that some students were co-opted
into the team to learn how to operate or fly
the drones.


The Drone Team Coordinator enjoined the
newly appointed ministers especially for the
areas of science and technology, “to see a
need for us to self-develop, self-evolve, and
self-emancipate as a nation”.
He said, “For a long time now, we have
relied on personnel from foreign countries
to bail us out of every technical problem we
get into, but the issue is that, we have so
many Nigerians that are trained abroad that
are here and even those who have not left
the country that are equally talented that
should be encouraged to do wonderful
things for the nation.”


Prof. AbdulKareem maintained that the new
ministers “should see their appointments as
a chance of working with the academics in
the educational institutions to promote
what will be good for the nation, to make
the nation as a whole self-reliant on
personnel that are available locally.”
In the same vein, Dr. Yakubu said, “We can
also use the drone to monitor what is
happening on our borders; we have a very
vast amount of land, and we can use it to
track activities that are going on there.
Invariably, we can use the drones to cover
the entire University and in getting
information to the appropriate quarters. ”

#Unilorin

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