Determined to follow international best practices in its reforms, the management of Kwara State University, Malete has approved a policy for the use of tenure for office holders in the institution. The Vice-Chancellor told newsmen in Ilorin, at the second edition of his bi-monthly media parley held at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalist Kwara State Council, Ilorin on 6th August, 2020.
Professor Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi said when he came onboard as the Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University, he tried to identify some of the areas that needed reforms and improvement and one of the areas he identified is securing tenure for office holders, “We introduced tenure for our office holders. All over the world, administrators do not have unending tenures. Deans are supposed to have two or three years. Even the Vice-Chancellor has a tenure. We have been able to achieve this, so we introduce tenure for DVCs, Deans, Directors, basically all administrators.”, he stressed.
On other reforms, Professor Akanbi expressed that he has been able to achieve some policy shift by replacing the collegiate system used in the institution with the faculty system. He stated that the collegiate system, though an American model, may not fit in with our academic style since majority of the staff in KWASU are British trained and this will also pave way for ease of academic activities and management. Most KWASU staff have a British educational orientation, and trying to operate an American model will lead to certain incongruities. “We have moved from the collegiate system back to the faculty-based system, which is easier to manage and easier for our people to understand,” he stated.
Similarly, in his bid at ensuring financial sustainability, The University helmsman noted he has inaugurated seventeen (17) Internally Generated Revenue Centres with the mandate of making the institution financially sustainable and independent. Some of the centers introduced are, Centre for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training; Centre for International Education; Centre for Foreign Language and Translation; Centre for Affiliation and Linkages; Centre for Research Innovation and Training.
On agriculture, the University don disclosed that he visited Ilesha/Baruba Campus and met with the Emir, stressing that moves are on the way to set up a cattle ranch in Ilesa/ Baruba. He noted that the institution intends to key into the potentials of having a campus in the community. Furthermore, Professor Akanbi maintained that the institution intends to provide technical support to farmers in the communities, as part of its community development programme.
The University don revealed that his administration has focused on its major mandates, which are, community development and entrepreneurial initiative; provision of a conducive learning environment for students; promotion of policy-oriented research; ensuring financial sustainability.
Notwithstanding the challenges posed by Covid 19, he is certain the University will experience a bigger and better turn around during his time. He stated that KWASU, like every other institution, is greatly affected by the effects of the pandemic but it is looking at ways to solve problems created by the pandemic.
On preparedness towards resumption, Professor Akanbi said the school intends to fumigate its facilities in Malete and Ilorin and also to move all the classes with a large number of students online. Similarly, all Covid 19 protocols will be strictly adhered to by the institution in order to prevent spread.
Professor Akanbi expressed his desire for KWASU to have a College of Medicine, stating that his predecessors began the process and he intends to complete the process.