In a move to reposition Kwara State University as a foremost university in the advancement and expansion of the frontiers of knowledge for the good of humanity, the management of the institution is set to collaborate with KURSI investment to establish a world class solid mineral research and training center.
The center which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria, will conduct extensive and cutting edge researches on Solid Minerals and Geology. It will also serve as a centre for training artisan miners in modern mining practices that will lead to the award of certificates in different areas of solid mineral mining.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor( Administration), Prof. Omololu Fapojuwo, speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of KWASU Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi SAN, disclosed this when a document on Investment Partnership between KWASU and KURSI Investments was presented to Ambassador Abdulfatai Yahaya Seriki in his office in Ilorin on Tuesday, 12th August 2020.
According to Prof. Fapojuwo, the collaboration will focus on three areas that will be of benefit to KWASU and KURSI Investments. These areas include: Solid Minerals Research and Training, Agriculture and Tourism.
Speaking further on the partnership, Prof. Kajogbola Ajao, who is the Director of Center for Sustainable Energy stressed that in fulfilling the mission of KWASU to building human competencies, the institution is set to make up for the dearth in capacity building in the areas of mining and solid minerals as well as providing a reliable hub for researches in the same field for practitioners.
According to him, he said through this, KWASU will be the first university in the country to train and award certificates to artisan miners and serve as a precursor to establishing a department of Mining and Solid Minerals in the university.
Speaking on agriculture, Prof. Ajao said the partnership will focus on integrated greenhouse farming which will ensure an all-year round cultivation of different crops for domestic and export consumption.
On tourism, Professor Ajao, who described the Ambassador as a renowned diplomat and an international business man, stated that the partnership, once it is formalized, will leverage on Ambassador Seriki’s outreach and goodwill in international circles to promote KWASU Museum and International Tourist Center.
Earlier, the DVC Administration, Prof. Fapojuwo, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of KWASU, thanked the business mogul for his continued support for the university, describing him as a man known for his interest in human capital development.
Speaking on behalf of KURSI Investment, the Managing Director of Kursi Farm, Hajia Fatima Yahaya Seriki said the organization will go through the areas highlited in the proposal “ and see how we can partner with KWASU within the shortest time possible”. She strongly believes this partnership will be of immense benefit to her company, KWASU and humanity as a whole.