By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has flagged off Kwara State University (KWASU) Postgraduate School, incorporating the School of Business and Governance in Ilorin with a pledge of his administration’s commitment to developing education at the foundational, secondary and tertiary levels in the state.
At the event held at the Old Tate and Lyle Premises, Ajase-ipo road in Ilorin, Governor Ahmed said his administration had always prioritised human capital development, especially functional education, as an indispensable ingredient of sustainable development.
According to the governor, the establishment of the Post Graduate School is in keeping with the government’s resolve to produce quality, skilled and entrepreneurially inclined scholars needed to spearhead a new crop of intellectually sound future leaders.
Governor Ahmed said the university had accomplished much from inception eight years ago with the most recent of which is its ranking among the top twenty universities in the country.
He said: “Much as the University has achieved a lot under its current structure, fulfilling the original multi-campus status envisaged by the government remains a top priority for my administration.
“Indeed, the construction of this campus is the second fresh project we are funding under IFK. The first project is the ongoing Diamond Underpass, which is the first of its kind in this part of the country.
“To those who question the utilization of IGR, therefore, I offer this Campus as well as other new and ongoing high value projects as the obvious answer and reason why tax payment is expedient.”
Also speaking, the Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, said the ground breaking was a foundation of outstanding investment in KWASU as well as improving the institution’s quest for world class learning and research.
Professor Na’Allah said the citing of the School outside the campus would create avenue for town and gown to interact.
Earlier in her remarks, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajia Aminah Ahmed, had disclosed that the project would be completed within four months with contract sum of four hundred and fifty million naira.
Hajia Ahmed explained that the establishment of the Post Graduate School was in confirmation of the present administration’s commitment to encouraging scholarship and wider enrollment to those seeking opportunity to educate themselves.
By Steve Oni, Ilorin