Kwara Govt promises to make state varsity silicon’s valley

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

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The Kwara State Government has affirmed its determination to make the State University the silicon’s valley of the country.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who gave the assurance on Saturday at the seventh Convocation and tenth years’ anniversary of the Kwara State University, said all the public resources would be deployed to ensure that the state reclaim its lost glory.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Kayode Alabi, the Governor said the state used to be the reference point for excellence in the Northern Nigeria where the state paraded the best of all fronts in education, healthcare, law, agro-processing, and entrepreneurship among others.

Governor AbdulRazaq noted that his government is also determined to be and build a state with food security and zero hunger with the capacity to feed the whole of Nigeria.

He therefore challenged the University to join his administration in the plan to make the state the Agric hub of West Africa by coming up with cutting edge-technology and ideas to realise the vision.

Governor AbdulRasaq congratulated the Governing council of the institution, the outgoing vice Chancellor and his team, parents and the graduated students for their contributions to the growth and development of the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor AbdulRosheed Na’Allah, said there are identifiable areas of challenges that confronted the University, pointing out that for the past five years, the institution has not received subvention from the government.

According to him, it is enormous trial facing the University presently and it is lamentable that it has gotten to a point where staff salary has become something of a luxury rather than right, adding that the university developed partnership with a bank that houses the Treasury Single Account and borrows from it whenever IGR is exhausted.

Decrying that the stoppage of subvention had adversely affected the finances of the institution where some critical teaching and research facilities could not be provided, Professor Na’Allah called for adequate funding of the university to compete favourably with contemporaries within and outside the country.

The Vice Chancellor who listed some of his achievements in office as the longest serving vice Chancellor in Nigeria, said the institution has grown in widths and breadths with establishment of Microfinance bank, FM Radio station while Television station is in the process of completion, establishment of Solar farm, commencement of foreign courses including Japanese.

The University graduated one thousand, one hundred and ninety-six students in the 2018/2019 academic session.

Out of this number, twenty-five students were awarded with first class degrees, five hundred and ninety-two second class Upper, five hundred and thirty-three Second Class Lower, and forty-six third class.

The University also produced five PhD holders and one hundred and fifty-nine masters’ students.