The Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin North Central Nigeria has begun arrangements to make the institution a world class standard by collaborating with the Chinese Cultural Center and the Korean Embassy.
The move is a way of exploring the opportunities in the foreign countries to it’s staff and students.
Similarly, the institution says it will collaborate with the Federal Institutes of Industrial Research, Oshodi and the Nigerian Building and Road Research Infrastructure to expose the students of the institute for industrial attachment programmes.
The new Rector of the institution, Abdul Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference to mark the 26th convocation ceremony of the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma graduands of the polytechnic.
The Rector said his administration would take the institution to a global realm for further exposure through collaborations with relevant agencies and institutions, saying; “I want to see a Kwara Polytechnic of International standard very soon.”
The Rector said that the institution has achieved through the intervention of TETFUND, the construction of Institute of Technology (IOT) Complex,(on-going), Lecture Rooms, Polytechnic Auditorium, Mini Stadium, Water production factory, construction of IICT (on-going) and conference/Seminars for staff among others.
Mr Muhammad disclosed that the monthly subventions that was withdrawn by the past administration for the Polytechnic about four years which subjected the institution to financial hardship, would soon be restored by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The Rector, however, raised alarm over the rate of encroachment of the institution’s vast land by some members of the public and noted that such unpatriotic act is threatening the vision of expanding the Polytechnic in future.
Mr Muhammed further lamented that most of the buildings in the polytechnic were very old, stressing that renovation usually take place from time to time but lack of adequate fund makes it difficult to carry out comprehensive renovation of all the obsolete structures at once.
He, however, expressed the readiness of the institution to revisit the models of entrepreneurial activities of Kwara State University, Malete, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Federal Polytechnic, Ado Etiti as well as other tertiary institutions which have been critically studied for adoption.
According to him, the War Against Indiscipline, WAI introduced during the Buhari/Idiagbon era would be re-introduced in the polytechnic to enforce discipline in the institution.