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The Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria (ODORBN) has given full accreditation to the Doctor of Optometry programme of the University of Ilorin.

The University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, in a statement issued on Tuesday night disclosed that this followed a re-accreditation exercise carried out by the Board on April 27th and 28th, 2023.

In a letter conveying this development to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole, SAN, the Registrar/CEO of ODORBN, Prof (Mrs) Ebele B. Uzodike, said that the full accreditation of the Optometry programme is for four academic sessions (2022/2023 to 2026/2027).

The letter, dated 2nd May, 2023, stated that to achieve the feat, the University’s Department of Optometry scored 80% in the re-accreditation exercise.

According to the comprehensive score sheet, the Department got 94.4% in Academic Content; 84.4% in Staffing; 74.1% in Physical Facilities; and 72.2% in Library Facilities.

While congratulating the University on the feat, the Board recommended that “more academic staff should be employed; staff motivation should be increased; and there should be upscaling of facilities in view of increasing students’ intake”.

The Board also expressed its readiness for continuous synergy with the University of Ilorin in the training of competent and highly skilled Optometrists of international standard

In his reaction to the development, the Vice Chancellor congratulated the Department of Optometry, saying that “the feat is a clear indication that the system is working”.

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