The Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN on Tuesday said KWASU plans to be a custodian of Ilorin cultural heritage through its Centre for Ilorin Manuscript and Culture; and the Centre for Archives and Documentation.
Professor Akanbi made this statement at the Emir’s Palace, in Ilorin when he paid the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari a courtesy visit.
According to the Vice Chancellor, “KWASU is ready to be the official historian of prominent people in the Ilorin Emirate. We can document their achievements, milestones and contributions to humanity. We believe people can come to KWASU to study Ilorin culture and tradition via the Centre for Ilorin Manuscript and Culture and the Centre for Archives and Documentation.
“Ilorin has lost prominent people in the past, to the cold hands of death, and most of this people’s lives are not documented. We need to have archives available for research, so that people can access information on the lives of these people”
Professor Akanbi solicited for the support of the Emir to achieve this feat. He noted that Ilorin is rich in culture and believes with the Proper guidance and support, the institution will be able to carry out detailed documentation of the lives of prominent people in Ilorin emirate.
The Vice-Chancellor also expressed his desire to strengthen the relationship between KWASU and the Palace, especially in the area of community development. He described his visit to the Emir as “home coming”, stressing that he has come to inform HRH of his appointment as the second substantive Vice Chancellor of KWASU and to seek his Royal blessings.
Responding, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari described the appointment of Professor Akanbi as a step in the right direction for KWASU, stressing his readiness to support Professor Akanbi through provision of necessary advice and prayers that will inspire growth and development in the Institution.
The Emir lauded the initiative by KWASU to document the forebears of the Emirate who are legendary. He reassured the Vice-Chancellor of his support and commitment in all his noble course. He prayed for the Vice Chancellor and his retinues and also wished him a successful tenure in office.
The Vice-Chancellor had in his entourage, the DVC Administration, Professor Omololu Fapojuwo; DVC Academics, Professor Sheikh Lukman; Ag Registrar, Mallam Muhammed Shuaib; Library Coordinator, Dr. Mrs Florence Ajani; Ag. Director, Centre for Archives and Documentation, Dr. (Mrs.) Binta Suleiman; Director University Relations, Mr. AbdulRasaq Sanni and other members of extended KWASU management team.