Sustainability and growth, top agenda at KWASU extended management retreat

Post on 01 September 2019

Considering the needs of end-users of infrastructure has been identified as important in ensuring optimal usage of facilities provided for Kwara State University, Malete.

This was one of the issues  raised in a communiqué at the end of a one day retreat for extended management staff of the university which held on Saturday August 24, 2019 at the International Aviation College, Ilorin.

The retreat which had the theme “KWASU Sustainability: the Way Forward” was aimed at bringing the extended management staff of the Institution together to brainstorm on the present status of the university and her future sustainability.

In his opening address at the retreat, the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakah Mahmud commended the extended management staff for the readiness to brainstorm for more ways to develop the university noting that timely and effective information dissemination was at the fulcrum of meeting the goals of an institution such as Kwara State University which is founded to provide world-class higher education.

The university helmsman who chaired the retreat emphasised that the management of the institution was committed to improving the positive image of the Institution and equally had the resolve to sustain the vision of providing world-class education.

Professor Mahmud noted that the retreat which is the first of its kind to be held in the University said the programme was strategically scheduled to hold at the beginning of the eleventh year of the institution in order to review the University’s growth over the years and to plan for the future.

The University don stressed that despite the funding challenges which KWASU has been facing since the last five years, the management of the University remained hopeful that the new administration would pay greater attention to the financial standing of the University.

In a twenty nine point communiqué at the end of the retreat, participants noted that functional buildings and infrastructure which will add more value to end-users would be provided when their needs were considered in the design and the construction, adding that it was important for briefs for buildings for the University to include quality furniture and internet facilities while provisions for the physically challenged should be prioritised.

The participants also called for the review of existing structures and on-going constructions for possible improvements and modifications where applicable with emphasis on institutionalising policies that will ensure routine maintenance of all buildings and infrastructure.

They lamented the poor culture of disciple in the use of the University’s property, calling for sustained landscaping on the campus and the maintenance of bushes around the University environment to reduce hazards to staff and students.

The communiqué also stated that schedules for University meetings such as Senate and Council sittings should be strictly followed to enhance the sanctity of the proceedings while periodic meetings at all levels should be held to improve channels of information dissemination.

It also emphasised that there was the need for academic programme curriculum reviews to be carried out when they are due as such timely exercises would allow academic units to take advantage of staff specialisations and developments in the various disciplines that would have been recorded in the intervening years.

Identifying the growing population of KWASU students, the Communiqué at the end of one day extended management retreat called for more quality hostel accommodation in and around the university campus with adequate policies and measures to protect students from extortion and poor quality accommodation in the hands of private hostel providers.

There was also the call to increase security where KWASU students reside adding that similar measures should be extended to protect the University’s lands from encroachment by communities and herdsmen.

The retreat had in attendance principal officers of the University, Provosts of Colleges, Deans of Schools, and Directors of Centres. Other participants at the retreat were Professors on full-time employment in the University, non-teaching staff on Contiss 14 and above, and the University Orator.

Issues deliberated upon included funding strategies, population and space management, hostel and health care services, accreditation status of programmes, land encroachment issues and security among many others.

Several participants at the retreat commended the management for the initiative to convene an extended management retreat urging that similar programmes be organised periodically to enhance the quality of the administration and education provided by the institution.