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KWASU VC Calls For Reopening of School.

The Vice Chancellor Kwara state University Mallete Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, has decried food insecurity in Nigeria due to COVID-19 pandemic

Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi, who stated this at NewsKeg programme of the correspondent chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalist at NUJ press centre Offa Road Ilorin.

According to him, the unavoidable food insecurity due to pandemic has made the university gone into farming.

He also called for the resumption of students into schools but with a proviso to follow the COVID-19 protocols. He said the earlier students  go back to school, the better as the  public should  learn to live with the covid-19  by complying to safety protocol.

“Government has taken a bold and good step by allowing some particularly sets of students to resume. Some have been supporting online teaching and exams, but we can never compare physical learning with online.

“The pandemic has posed a challenge to us, it is affecting private universities, some of them are sacking workers presently. We are currently at home because of the covid-19 and government directive. If you asked me now I will tell you that the universities should be reopen immediately ” he said

While speaking on Kwara state University  preparedness towards resumption, he said “we are already fumigating our facilities, both in Malete and Ilorin. We have been doing online lectures for classes with large number of students. For those with seizable numbers we have made plans to maintain physical distancing of two feets as recommended and also divide some into other lecture classes.

While also speaking on food security he said “Covid 19 has create food insecurity Kwasu has entered into solving the problem, he said farming in Nigeria is seasonal,  when farmers dont go to farm at the  time they should go, it will naturally have negative impact. 

“KWASU had written a proposal to the CBN to fund its Agriculture program, we plan to go into farming so as to be able to augment our finances and also assist our host and other communities”  he said

“Our major challenges now is the Covid-19 pandemic which has prevented us to move at the pace we want. We rely more on our IGR to fund the university. The pandemic has really affected all sectors, including government, KWASU is not excluded. One of the reforms I embarked upon is to introduce the much popular faculties systems instead of the college been operated before.

The VC said KWASU would be self sustaining in the next five years without seeking loans from banks. “One of my vision is to improve on our IGR.”

“One of my desires is for KWASU to have College of Medicine. My predecessor has began the process which I will be work on to see it completed. When we have college of medicine we will be able to go into more research and challenges like covid-19 will be summounted.

“A way forward for our professors is to ensure they go into  quality oriented research. Research must be proving solutions to problems and not just for doing sake. It must spell out the benefits that would be derived. In few years from now, I believe KWASU will be far more better than far.” He added

It would be recalled that attendees at the vitual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, the commissioner for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies resolved that a passionate appeal should be made to the Federal Government to assist schools across the country in order to enable them fast-track their preparedness for the agreed safe reopening of exist classes.

It would be recalled that attendees at the vitual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, the commissioner for Education in each of the 36 states of the Federation, the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies resolved that a passionate appeal should be made to the Federal Government to assist schools across the country in order to enable them fast-track their preparedness for the agreed safe reopening of exist classes.

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