By Steve Oni, Ilorin
In keeping with the multi-campus model of the Kwara State University (KWASU), the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has flagged off the construction of the institution’s N1.5b College of Social Sciences and Environmental Studies in Osi, Ekiti Local Government area of the State.
Speaking at the flag off on Monday, Ahmed said the execution of critical projects in the state is an eloquent testimony that the Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK) model introduced by his administration has strengthened the capacity of the government to meet its obligations.
According to the governor, the administration remains committed to expanding access to quality education in the state, hoping that the College of Social Sciences and Environmental Studies, Ekiti Campus, would breed scientists and thinkers that would proffer solutions to national problems and meet global competitive market in the 21st century.
Governor Ahmed enjoined the people of the state to elevate long and communal interests above personal interest in attracting development to their areas, assuring them that more developmental projects would be executed across the state in the coming months with a view to attracting investment into the state.
Also speaking, Vice Chancellor, Kwara State University, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah said with the establishment of Ekiti Campus, KWASU had begun its final journey of operating three campuses, spreading across the state and improving access to university education in the state.
Professor Na’Allah explained that the College would bring the world to Kwara State and would be a source of 21st century industries in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Earlier in her remarks, the State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr Aminah Ahmed, had disclosed that the project would be completed within 52 weeks with a contract sum of N1.5b.
In his goodwill message, the Olosi of Osi, Oba Saliu Abdulkareem Adasofegbe commended Governor Ahmed for fulfilling his electoral promises to the people of Kwara south despite the prevailing economic crunch.
Oba Adasofegbe explained that the establishment of the University would make access to higher education less stressful and sued for peaceful co-existence among the people of the area.