By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor Kwara state University, Professor Mohammed Akanbi has said owing to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic which has led to the closure of citadel of knowledge across the country, a lot of Institutions are in poor financial condition.
He, therefore, makes the case for the resumption of higher institutions as soon as possible so as to return school activities to normalcy.
Akanbi stated this while featuring on Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) programme tagged “News Keg” on Thursday in Ilorin.
“Our biggest challenge now is COVID-19 which has not allowed us to do a lot of things.
“I want the school to resume as soon as possible. With COVID-19, there is hardly an institution that is not in a financial mess. The most important thing is to adhere to the preventive measures by health personnel.
“We intend to fumigate the school, and everyone must use face masks. If you don’t have face masks on, you won’t be allowed to enter. We won’t allow night classes, and we will also enjoin our students off-campus to adhere to preventive measures. I believe the government is experimenting with exit classes,” he said.
He noted that the institution is working on food production as part of efforts to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on food security at its campus at Ilesha-Baruba.
“KWASU had written a proposal to the CBN to fund its Agriculture program. We plan to go into farming so as to be able to augment our finances and also assist our host and other communities, “he added.
Professor Akanbi who was appointed on 1st of April 2020 said the institution would be partnering with a former gubernatorial aspirant in the state Yahaya Seriki who specialized in Mining.
According to him, the former gubernatorial aspirant had promised to build mining laboratory for the institution.
The professor of Law similarly said it has in the pipeline to introduce tenure for administrators in the University, as well as trying to make KWASU a financially sustainable institution.
“1st of April 2020 I was appointed VC of Kwara state University. I initially thought it was April fool. My predecessor laid a very good foundation as you all know that most important thing is to look for improvement.
“I am looking for ways KWASU will document life of great people from Ilorin and Kwara state at large In order to bring their memories to the living as well improve on other important areas, “he said.
According to him, “one of my desires is for KWASU to have College of Medicine. My predecessor has began the process which I will work on to see it completed. When we have a college of medicine, we will be able to go into more research.”