The Kwara State Government has pledged to renew its support to the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete and other state owned institutions.
The state Commissioner of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, disclosed this on Tuesday, February 10, 2020, during her first official visit to the University.
According to Hajia Kawu “there is nothing anybody can achieve standing alone and we must all work together to achieve progress. It is therefore imperative for the State government to support KWASU for the growth of the institution”.
She urged the extended management of the Institution to continue in its support of the State Government and to partner effectively with the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology by involving the Ministry in all the activities of the Institution.
“It is extremely important for the institution to cooperate with the parent Ministry. There are so many things which can be achieved if there is synergy between KWASU and the Ministry of Tertiary Education”, she said.
The Commissioner who pointed out that part of her mandate was to relate with all tertiary institutions in the state added that the visit was for her to see the facilities on ground, discuss with principal officers of the Institution, and interact with staff and students.
Earlier in his welcome address the Acting Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Professor Sakah Mahmud, said that in the over 10 years of its existence and despite being deprived of state subvention for nearly 5 years, KWASU has made significant achievements.
Prof. Mahmud expressed the hope that with the renewed interest of the government in the progress of KWASU coupled with the leadership of Mrs Kawu in the Ministry, the Institution will achieve even greater advances.
Describing the visit of the commissioner as timely, the university helmsman said the visit will enable her see the state of the infrastructures in the Institution, especially the road leading to the campus.
“We are eager to show you around the campus for you to asses our strengths, weaknesses and challenges with the hope that KWASU will get to the next level”.
In his remarks, the Acting Registrar of KWASU, Mallam Mohammed Shuaib reiterated the achievements made by the University in the last 10 years.
Mallam Shuaib stated that the University currently runs 38 NUC accredited courses, many of which offer post-graduate degrees.
He said the Institution has had positive reports about its students from employers especially when they go for SIWES and National Youth Service.
The Acting Registrar called on the State Government to give the road leading to Malete from Ilorin proper attention.
He said the poor state of the road is adversely affecting the health of staff of the Institution.
In a goodwill message, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Mr. Musa Dasuki described Kwara State University as a young but matured University.
He said as the only University that focuses on entrepreneurship, the quality of teaching and learning is very high.
According to him he has interacted with a number of KWASU graduates and he has always been impressed with their performance and conduct.
Mr. Dasuki urged the University not to relent in this achievement.