By Daniel Ayantoye
Following a recent protest of students over alleged increment of tuition fees, the Kwara State Government has said it has arrested some of the aggrieved students.
The state government maintained that the protesters are not students of the polytechnic but miscreants who posed as students to disturb the peace of the institution.
Speaking at the 24th Convocation Ceremony of the institution, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed stated that investigation is currently ongoing to unravel the true identity of the suspects.
In his speech, the Governor; represented by the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Aminat Ahmed commended the institution for the security measure and efforts put in place to eradicate cultism.
“Those that were protesting are not Kwara Poly students but outsiders. We have arrested them until we find out where they came from.”
Meanwhile, the governor has charged institutions to include entrepreneurship courses in their curriculum.
According to Ahmed, inclusion of the course will build confidence and knowledge to be self-employed as well as employer of labour rather than job seekers. He added that the establishment of the International Vocational Technical and Entrepreneurship College (IVTEC), Ajade-Ipo is a demonstration of the administration’s commitment to human capital development.
“In order to promote entrepreneurship and agriculture in Kwara State, we have consistently supported entrepreneurs through various credit schemes such as the MSME and Micro credit support schemes which offer single digit interest rate with minimal paper work. So far, about N2 billion has been injected into the scheme,” he added.
In his address, the Rector of the institution, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu, who insisted the institution has not increased its tuition fee, stated that 3,000 students graduated from the institution.
While speaking on achievement within the last one year, Elelu stated that the school management has been able to sustain the payment of staff salaries, run a debt free institution, conduct 2015 promotion exercise, accreditation of 26 existing ND/HND programmes and presented six other courses for resource inspection.
He added the commissioning of projects, maintenance of a stable academic calendar and host of others.
He however highlighted paucity of funds, porosity of the permanent campus, insufficient hostel accommodation as some of the challenges facing the institution.