KWASU To Graduate 6,620, Produces 67 Laboratory Scientists
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete has taken the lead in producing medical laboratory scientists in the north- central states.
The Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, Professor Muhammed Akanbi (SAN) says within two academic sessions, the institution has produced 67 medical laboratory scientists.
This, is in its determination to solve the problem of shortage of qualified medical laboratory scientists in the country.
Professor Akanbi disclosed this at a pre-convocation news briefing held on Monday at the institution.
According to him, the university recently inducted the first and second batches of medical laboratory scientists from KWASU’s B.MLS in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions respectively.
“This is a significant achievement because KWASU is the first tertiary institution in the whole of north central Nigeria to mount the B.MLS programme and graduate 67 medical laboratory scientists, thus contributing to solving the problem of shortage of qualified medical laboratory scientists in the country,” he said.
Among other achievements, Akanbi said KWASU, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, remained a pace setter in a steady academic calendar.
He also stated that despite financial constraints, most of the academic programmes of the institution have full accreditation status, adding that 16 new programmes were awaiting resource visitation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Akanbi attributed the feat recorded so far to the commitment and sacrifice of the staff; and the support of the state government during accreditation period.
Expels 87 students for various offences
In the area of discipline, the Vice Chancellor announced that no fewer than 87 students of the institution were expelled for their involvement in examination malpractices, drug related offences, internet fraud, robbery among other anti-social behaviours.
He said “Kwara State University has zero tolerance for indiscipline and misconduct, all cases of indiscipline were investigated and appropriate punitive measures are taken against students found guilty of such offence.”
According to Akanbi, this is to ensure that the few bad eggs among the students do not contaminate the decent ones.
Meanwhile, the university will be awarding honorary Doctorate degrees on 7 distinguished Nigerians in various fields including the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, Dr. Johnson Bamidele Adewumi, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Alh. Kamoru Yusuf of KAMWIRE Industries and Dr. Babatunde Jolayemi Omotowa.