The Kwara State commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, and Management of MOTEST, hosted the eleven heads of state-owned tertiary institutions, to a pre-strategic action interactive session, before the kick off of plan execution, towards efficient operation and quality enhancement processes in their institutions.
The meeting started with a performance feedback, an assessment of current practices and challenges enumeration by each college head.
She reassured the institution heads, that MOTEST, as the supervisory ministry will continue to work with all stakeholders to create a qualitative and competitive environment.
Hajiya Kawu advised that the Heads of the institution should always reward and praise creativity and excellence, and that they should explore the efficient use of ICT.
The Commissioner insisted that for every problem in our tertiary institutions, there’s a solution, and promised to continue to fix the problems, one at a time.
In a bid to providing qualitative learning and teaching, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, insisted that going forward, the best brains, passionate about passing knowledge, would be employed in our institutions, as against those that see lecturing as a last resort, when they are unable to secure other jobs.
She said “our institutions shouldn’t be dumping grounds; admission would henceforth be given to those who meet up with the cut off mark”.
She emphasized that the journey towards making the tertiary institutions in the state, a model for the management and administration of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, is imperative, and that began with His Excellency, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Government.
She commended the heads of institutions that have tapped into industry and banks CSR, to provide some basic infrastructure like chairs; the beautification their college, like CoEd, Ilorin, fountain sponsored by an insurance company; and the renovation of a block of classrooms, by a bank at the CoEd, Ilorin.
The commissioner warned that henceforth, student must have access to functional toilets, to enhance a healthier and sustainable environment, as against what obtains at the moment, where human dignity isn’t respected.
“Our students must not receive lectures standing anymore, it is our duty to continuously work towards the comfort, satisfaction, stability and happiness of our people, as ingredients of development” She said.
The heads of the institutions commended Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for his various interventions. They also thanked the Commissioner for her efforts in improving the relationship between the ministry and the institutions.
Hajiya Kawu concluded by commending the Heads of the Institutions for all that they put in, and implored them to continue to synergize with each other, to achieve their set goals and objectives, in the best interest of their institutions, and the State at large.