President Muhammadu Buhari has charged universities in Nigeria to focus on quality infrastructure and programmes that would make them globally competitive.
This is as the President described the Kwara State University Main Library Complexas an exceptional architectural creativity and the best in the country.
He stated these on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the official commissioning of the library on KWASU Campus in Malete, Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The facility, named after the President, was financed through TETFund 2014 Special High Impact Intervention to the tune of N3billion.
Represented by the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, the President remarked that the library met the standards of a quality infrastructure.
Describing the facility as a scientific innovation with an exceptional aesthetic finishing, he said “We have seen high impact funds that have been committed to less relevant infrastructure and in many cases, what comes out of it, you cannot celebrate.”
He stated that it was not possible for the nation’s tertiary institutions to compete favourably on the global scene without a good library, which he said was the heart of any world-class university.
While commending the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of KWASU, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, for his creativity and commitment to academic excellence, he urged the State Government to encourage his successor to consolidate on his achievements.
“If we focus on those things that make our universities more competitive, with a good library, basic infrastructure, and entrepreneurship as a discipline in KWASU, our rating and ranking will continuously grow. That is my desire for this University,” the President remarked.
In his address, the State Governor and Visitor to the University, AlhajiAbdul Rahman AbdulRazaq, represented by his Deputy, Mr. Kayode Alabi, thanked President Buhari and TETFund for the library project, which he said would further strengthen the Institution in the areas of teaching and research.
AbdulRazaq, who assured the University of his Administration’s support, said the government would spend a sum of N11.2billion to revamp the education sector in the state.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution had showered encomia on TETFund for its various projects at KWASU, saying “You have strengthened us, you have strengthened Nigeria.”
Describing the library as the best in Nigeria and the West African sub-region, he said the project was dedicated to humanity.
Na’Allah, who reeled out his achievements in office, noted that with its unique programmes and activities, KWASU has carved a niche for itself in the nation’s university system, urging TETFund to continue its support for the Institution.
Also speaking, the Project Manager of the University, Architect Mahmoud Faworaja, explained that the edifice is made up of two buildings, including the Main Library housing indoor and outdoor reading and study spaces, seminar rooms, and staff offices, among others.
The annex tower, he further explained, is to accommodate spaces for learning-based foundations and associations, research and technology hubs.
He added that the Main Library has a capacity for over 50,000 volumes and seating for over 2,100 users, stressing that the outdoor reading space provides for 24 hours reading even after the main library is closed.
The project manner assured that the library would remain very current for the next 30 years.