Kwara State University, Malete has approved scholarships for outstanding and exceptional students of the institution. The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakah Mahmud made this known while responding to issues raised by staff and students during his visits to Colleges and Departments in the Institution.
He said the management approved the Merit scholarship for students to boost their moral, as a way of encouraging them to be competitive and improve in their studies.
Professor Mahmud said visitation to Colleges presents opportunity for interactive sessions between management and staff which is a tradition of his predecessor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na'allah which he has decided to sustain.” I believe this is a very great tradition that we should keep and promote. The Vice-Chancellor can attend interactive meetings with Staff, combining academic, non-academic and students and to hear from them, is a great tradition we should keep” he said.
The University helmsman was full of praise for Provosts of Colleges and Heads of Departments for their outstanding work ethics and relentless service to the Institution. He noted that the school is in a good position to continue to do its responsibilities.
Professor Mahmud expressed concern over the lack of financial commitment from the state government for the past five years, and the embargo placed on employment, which have over stretched the current academic staff.
He noted that the current situation at KWASU compels several lecturers to handle more courses than they should have ordinarily done but expressed the hope that the embargo placed on employment will soon be lifted to enable the institution employ more staff to relive the work load on lecturers.
He added that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education was informed of some of the problems facing the Institutions during her official visit to the University and she promised to relay the management's message to the state government.
Professor Sakah Mahmud who expressed concern over the deplorable condition of the road linking the Institution with Shao, told the staff that he visited the Chief of Staff to the Kwara State Governor and made complaints to him about the difficulties faced by the university staff particularly during the rainy season.
To this end, he expressed delight that the State Government has since sent a group of surveyors from the Ministry of Works to assess the road with the hope that construction will soon begin to the benefit of the school and the surrounding communities.
Professor Sakah said despite challenges, the Institution has been able to perform its responsibilities which include prompt payment of salaries, completion of promotion exercises, and accreditation of most of its courses.
He also expressed concern over the state of some of the female hostels located off campus and reiterated the resolve of the management to hasten the provision of more hostels for students on campus to ease their problems.
Provosts, Departmental Heads and students told the Vice- Chancellor of the progress so far made and some of the challenges being faced.
Colleges visited by the Vice-Chancellor included Humanities Management and Social Sciences; Education; Pure and Applied Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Information and Communication Technology; Agriculture; and Law.