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KWASU not part of ongoing ASUU warning strike – official



An official of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, says the  institution has not joined the ongoing two weeks warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Chairman of a faction of ASUU in the institution, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Dr Issa Abdulraheem disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Ilorin.


Abdulraheem said members of staff of the institution belonged to CONUA, as such, they had nothing to do with the warning strike by ASUU.


NAN recalls that ASUU had on Monday began a two-week warning strike to demand that the Federal Government should implement previous agreements it had with the union in the past.


”We made our position clear some few days ago that we will not go on strike and we are standing by it.


”This is because we are CONUA, and we have nothing to do with ASUU strike.


”I met with the Senate of the institution and we told all our members that they should go to work and they agreed.


”So, work goes on in KWASU, we are not on strike,” he explained.

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New KWASU VC repositions varsity on agriculture



Prof. Muhammad Mustapha-Akanbi (SAN), the new Vice-Chancellor, Kwara University (KWASU), Malete, on Monday pledged to make the institution a major player in agro-allied businesses.

He stated this at a media briefing at Malete, which coincided with a month of his assumption of office as the second vice-chancellor of the institution.

According to him, the university will support Kwara and Nigeria to become self-sufficient in food production by eliminating poverty and hunger in the society.

Mustapha-Akanbi said the university would achieve this objective through massive planting of grains, especially maize at its Baruten and Ekiti Campuses.

The vice-chancellor noted that the Faculty of Agriculture’s Demonstration Farms at the main campus would be given the necessary logistics to meet the intended purpose.

“Our universities must be big players in ensuring food sufficiency in the country.

“We have established KWASU Investments and Consultancy Unit with the mandate to ensure that our institution becomes a big player in agro-allied businesses.

“We have land and the expertise. We shall be producing day-old chicks in such quantity that will be difficult to match,” he said.

The don pledged to improve on the existing collaborative efforts he met on ground with a view to making the university a world class institution.

“I met a lot of collaborative efforts. I already have a solid footing. I shall build on this.

“We will think global and act local in ensuring that KWASU becomes a first class institution,” he promised.

Mustapha-Akanbi, who disclosed that the university’s Law programme had been accr
Edited By: the (NAN) National Universities Commission(NUC), noted that the institution was only awaiting accreditation by the Legal Education Council.

He thanked Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for approving N17 million for the university for the purpose of accrediting its Law programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mustapha-Akanbi was appointed the second vice-chancellor of the 11-year-old institution by the governor on May 1, 2020.

He succeeded Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, who is now the Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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KWASU VC Conveys Virtual Senate Meeting, appoints New DVCs



The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete on Thursday conveyed a virtual Senate meeting led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi.

A statement from the institution’s University Relations said the meeting was the Vice-Chancellor’s maiden Senate meeting since his emergence as the second substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University.

According to the statement, the meeting gave all Senate members the opportunity to participate via video conferencing.

”Presiding over this virtual meeting, Prof. Akanbi said the rationale behind the video conferencing was to comply with the Federal Government’s social distancing policy and at the same time keep the University administration running.

”He said the University keyed into all measures to mitigate the spread the current COVID-19 pandemic and as such was poised to prioritise virtual learning in the business of dispensing quality education to her students.

“Topmost on the agenda of the meeting was the appointment of two new Deputy Vice Chancellors and two internal members of the University Council.

Prof. Omololu Fapojuwo of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration while Prof. Sheikh Lukman of the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences was appointed the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic.

Prof. Abiodun Amuda Kannike of the Faculty of Law and Professor Emmanuel Ajani of Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences emerged as the internal members of the University Council,” the statement read.

It added that the University’s Collegiate system would be changed to Faculty system to reflect what most academic staff were trained for.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Adewumi’s appointment as KWASU Chancellor, step in right direction – VC



The Vice-Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, has congratulated the newly-appointed Chancellor of the institution, Dr Johnson Adewumi.
Akanbi, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Tuesday, described Adewumi’s appointment as a step in the right direction.
He commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the choice of Adewumi as the chancellor, saying that his emergence would add more value to the university.
According to the vice chancellor, Adewumi’s appointment is never a misplaced priority.
Akanbi urged the chancellor to bring his vast experience to bear in his new assignment so as to collectively move the institution to an enviable height.
The vice chancellor, on behalf of the governing council, management, staffers and students of the institution felicitated Adewumi and wished him a fruitful and result- oriented tenure.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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KWASU Chancellor: Group commends Kwara Govt for appointing Adewumi



Chief Gbenga Awoyale, President General of Orisun Igbomina, has commended Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for appointing Dr Thomas Adewumi, as new Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.

Orisun Igbomina is a socio-cultural group for the people of Kwara South.

Awoyale gave the commendation in a congratulatory message issued on Monday in Ilorin.

He said that the appointee was a highly reputable educationist who would build on the existing achievements in the institution.

The group’s president said that the choice of Adewumi remained one of the best things to have happened in the state.

”The new chancellor will use his connections within and outside the academia to add values to KWASU in the areas of valuable research and scholarship.

”I congratulate Adewumi as KWASU Chancellor; his contributions to educational development in the nation over the years is remarkable and unprecedented.

”There is no doubt that he will be good Ambassador of Igbomina land and contribute his quota to the progress of the school.

”He will also provide more insights and modern approaches to university management in a bid to assist the Abdulrazaq-led government,” he said.

Awoyale, however, thanked Abdulrazaq for his choice of Adewumi and prayed that his tenure in office would be beneficial to the university community, government and the people.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adewumi was announced as KWASU Chancellor on Monday with immediate effect for a single term of five-years.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Rep hails Adewumi’s appointment as KWASU chancellor by Gov. Abdulrasaq



A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Tunji Olawuyi, has commended Gov. Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq over the appointment of Dr Thomas Adewumi as the Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU).
Olawuyi, representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, gave the commendation in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.
He said that the appointment would help reposition the institution.
He added that Adewumi, being a lover of education and founder of a ‘world-class college’, Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko, would use his rich experience to bring innovations to KWASU.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the governor had, on Monday, approved the appointment of the renowned educationist as the chancellor of the university.
According to the governor, the appointment, which takes immediate effect, is for a five-year single term.
Olawuyi, while thanking AbdulRasaq for finding one of his constituents worthy of such an appointment, expressed the hope that Adewumi would use his clout and wealth of experience to ensure that the university became an enviable citadel of learning.
He also said that Adewumi’s appointment would help find the needed solution to the myriads of problems bedeviling the institution and the state at large.
The lawmaker urged the people of the state to support the new appointee to enable him discharge his duties effectively and take the university to the next level.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Kwara govt. appoints Adewumi as KWASU’s Chancellor



The Governor of Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has approved the appointment of Dr Thomas Adewumi, a renowned educationist, as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.

Mr Fafoluyi Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Kwara Governor on New Media, made this known in a statement issued in Ilorin on Monday.

According to the statement, the appointment is for five years, single term and takes immediate effect.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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KWASU VC pledges to make students problem solvers



Prof. Mohammed Akanbi, the new Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, has reaffirmed his commitment to produce world class students that would shape the world, solve problems and generate employment.

A statement from the institution’s Acting Director, University Relations, Mrs Hamidat Yusuf, quoted Akanbi making the pledge during a familiarisation tour of the institution.

The statement said that all hands must be on deck to produce world class leaders from the university, stressing that no stone will be left unturned to achieve the feat.

It said this would be achieved by consolidating on the legacies of Akanbi’s predecessors.

”We are going to work so hard for the next three years and by the fourth year KWASU will be on autopilot. The dream is to build a first class university, it is possible.

”My ambition is to ensure that the kind of students KWASU will produce will be problem solvers, those that will not be asking their parents for jobs, but rather to be job creators.

“I already have that foundation in KWASU, it is for me to build on what I met,” the statement quoted Akanbi saying.

It noted that Akanbi had used the lockdown period to meet with stakeholders and study documents relating to the institution.

According to the statement, the vice-chancellor expressed satisfaction at some of the structures in the school, while promising to maintain them.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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KWASU VC congratulates Emir of Ilorin at 80



Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has felicitated with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari on his 80th birthday.

In a statement from the office of the University Public Relations on Friday, Prof. Akanbi, described the Emir, as an excellent leader, a foremost jurist and a celebrated legal icon.

”He exemplifies culture of modesty, transparency and sincerity of purpose in piloting the affairs of the Emirate and its environs,” Akanbi said.

The vice-chancellor also congratulated the Emir over the commencement of 2020 Ramadan fast and urged Nigerians to use the period to offer prayers fervently to God for the eradication of the coronavirus from Nigeria and the world at large.

He said the Emir who is also the Chairman of the Kwara State Traditional Council of Chiefs, had been demonstrating uncommon excellent persuasion abilities and peace-building behaviour to make the Emirate habitable to all residents in the state capital and beyond.

Akanbi said his unique leadership style and uncommon disposition to issues affecting the Emirate had placed him high among the comity of traditional rulers in the country.

He lauded the brilliant initiative and swift response of His Royal Highness to the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, through the constitution of a committee that oversees the collection and distribution of resources for the needy in the society, to cushion the effect of the ongoing lockdown.

The vice-chancellor added that coronavirus pandemic was ravaging the whole world, including Kwara, saying that his fatherly intervention in gathering resources for onward distribution to the poor was not only helpful and supportive at this time but also timely.

He added that the Emir’s giant stride was a monumental achievement that would remain evergreen in the minds of Kwara residents, especially the less privileged who found this current situation very tough and precarious.

Akanbi prayed to Allah to grant the Emir long life, sound heath, excellent wisdom and all that was required to have a peaceful, united and prosperous emirate.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Akanbi formally takes over as KWASU VC



Prof. Muhammed Akanbi has officially taken over as the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete. The institution’s Acting Director, University Relations, Mrs Hamidat Yusuf, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Thursday.

She quoted Akanbi as pledging to consolidate on the good legacies initiated by his predecessors during the official handing over by the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sakah Mahmud.

Akanbi, according to the statement, said he had commenced moves to make KWASU a university of first choice through best practices in academic culture, robust staff welfare programmes, impactful community development initiatives and sellable academic programmes.

He called on staff and students of the university to partner with him in his efforts to promote the institution to a more enviable height.

The statement also quoted Mahmud as promising to work with the new vice chancellor in moving the university forward.

Mahmud said the university was blessed with dynamic and vibrant staff and students, adding that funding was, however, a major challenge.

(Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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