N3.2 bn earmarks for take-off of KWASU’s 2 campuses


The Kwara State Government has earmarked N3.2billion for the take-off of two new  campuses of the Kwara State University (KWASU) to be sited in Osi and Ilesa-Baruba.

The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe, disclosed this on Thursday during a news conference on the outcome of the State Executive Council’s meeting held on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The briefing was also attended by the Special Adviser to the governor on Legal Matters, Mr Suleiman Atolagbe, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA), Dr Muideen Akorede and the Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba.

Ajeigbe said the N3.2 billion was for the construction of roads, students’ hostels, lecture theatres, offices and water reticulation for the two campuses.

According to the Commissioner, the projects will be funded from the Kwara Infrastructural Fund (IF-K) based on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework.

He said that Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara would soon perform the ground-breaking of the projects.

He said the council deliberated on the white paper report of the visitation panel to KWASU and approved the appointment of two deputy vice-chancellors for Academic and Administration.

According to him, the approval was in line with the laws that set up the university that says deputy vice –chancellors should be appointed to assist the vice- chancellor in the running of the university.

Ajeigbe added that the council also looked into the various aspects that were considered to be militating against the smooth running of the university.

“The council resolves that all the university’s organs should work according to the ambit of the law that establishes the university,” Ajeigbe said.

The commissioner, therefore, said that all courses being offered in the university but not in tandem with the law should be scrapped.

The council has directed the university’s authority to scrap the Legal Administration and Portuguese Language department while it should establish a Faculty of Law.

The commissioner also said that the state executive council had approved the establishment of a new School of Governance and Business to be located in Ilorin, the state capital.

Ajeigbe also said that the state government would access the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s N1billion Agriculture loan to be disbursed to farmers in the state.

He said that a large expanse of land had been acquired in Kwara Central Senatorial District for the pilot project.

He said that the state government would screen the farmers that would benefit from the loan so as to be sure that they were genuine.

Ajeigbe said that the project would be an off-taker scheme whereby a farmer would identify what he wanted to plant.

The farmer would also be connected to an off-taker that would buy the produce from him after harvesting.

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