Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Prof. Muhammed mustapha Akanbi has assured that the institution, which is renowed for community development, will impact positively on its host communities and environs.
He gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilesha-Baruba, HRH Prof Halidu Abubakar, in his palace, on Thursday.
According to him, KWASU, under his leadership, would explore areas of synergy with Ilesha-Baruba in the interest of the development of both the institution and the town.
He noted that the presence of the University in the community would no doubt open it up to the world, adding that KWASU is poised to address the economic, social and cultural challenges of its host communities.
The Vice Chancellor stressed that through agriculture, the University can drive the development of the town, calling on indigenes of the community to show interest in farming and agro-allied businesses.
He added that his vision is to make the University a big player in the agro-allied industry, academic and research as well as community development through agriculture.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, pointed out that Ilesha Baruba is one of the pillars of KWASU and expressed joy that an arm of the institution is domiciled in the town under the rulership of an erudite professor.
Responding, the Monarch said, as one of the pioneer members of the Governing Council of KWASU, and having served it in various capacities, he is passionate about the development of the citadel of learning.
The Emir, who commended the newly appointed Vice Chancellor for the innovations he has introduced within a very short period of his assumption of office, urged him to lay enduring legacies during his tenure of office.
While lauding the siting of a campus of KWASU in the community, he implored the Vice Chancellor to facilitate its early take-off.
On agriculture, the Traditional Ruler, who said his community is blessed with vast arable land, urged the University to key in to cash crop farming, adding that cashew plantation and animal husbandry are flourishing agro businesses in Ileha Baruba and its environs.
He also urged the Vice Chancellor to look in the direction of international transaction dimension for financial sustainability of the institution, stating that the community is ready to key in to potentials offered by the University.
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