By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson
In its avowed fight against corruption and ridding Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin of corrupt practices, the management of the institution has set up an Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit.
This was disclosed by the Rector, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu during a press briefing held as part of Iftar programme held within the school premises on Monday.
Staff of the unit, he further disclosed will be trained by officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
He said since the unit began operation, it has generated several reports on corrupt practices by staff, which according to him will be made public soon.
Elelu said staff and students of the institution have been providing information, which has assisted the unit in carrying out its task towards ensuring sanity in the school.
While noting that the effort is yielding positive results, he said it has also helped in putting staff, students and business operators on the campus in check.
The Rector said the development is a bold step by the management that pull the bull by the horn in its anti-graft war.
He also revealed that the polytechnic will soon commence e-learning, following approval by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
According to him, the online study programme will further project the institution to the world adding that it will be additional source of revenue generation for the school.
Elelu who revealed that the institution is now offering 60 science-based courses, said more will be introduced to enable youths secure admission and reshape their thinking from management to science and technology courses.
Meanwhile, following the visitation of NBTE recently, the board has approved all the 31 courses put forward by the institution.
The newly introduced courses are National Diploma Transportation Planning and Management and Welding and Fabrication Engineering.
Among other courses that got reaccreditation for National Diploma are Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering Technology, Quantity Surveying, Metallurgy, Architectural Technology, Building Technology, Leisure and Tourism Management, Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Office Technology Management, Estate Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology and Statistics.
While other reaccredited courses are Higher National Diploma in Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, Office Technology Management, Building Technology, Survey and Geo-informatics, Science Laboratory Technology, Agricultural and Bio-Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.