Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University, Malete, Professor Muhammed Mustapha- Akanbi, says there are no plans to terminate the employment of any of its staff.
Professor Mustapha-Akanbi who made the clarification in Ilorin while featuring on ‘News Keg’ of Correspondents’ Chapel of Kwara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists observed that the coronavirus outbreak had led to the financial crisis in most of the privately-owned institutions but insisted that KWASU would not toe the path of sacking workers.
He regretted that the pandemic caught the world unawares as there was no plan made to combat such whenever it arises.
The Vice-Chancellor who also spoke on the preparation of the institution for post-COVID-19 said that the National Universities Commission had directed universities including KWASU to submit briefs on the state of their preparedness for reopening of schools.
Professor Mustapha-Akanbi noted that KWASU had planned to fumigate all its facilities ahead of the resumption of students, adding that the institution would also ensure that they adhere strictly to all COVID-19 safety protocols.
He also told the media platform that the plan in the institution was to ensure policy-oriented research that would ultimately offer a solution to the existing challenge in society.
Professor Akanbi, who assumed duty as the second vice-chancellor of the state-owned institution four months ago, said: “By the time I’m leaving after five years, I want to bequeath a system for the institution to be self-sustaining financially without taking a loan for its operation”.
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