Kwara state polytechnic, Ilorin, has appealed to the state government to urgently put an end to encroachment on the institutions lands to save it from total extinction.
The Rector, of the polytechnic, Dr Abdul Jimoh-Muhammed made the appeal while addressing newsmen on the 27th combined convocation ceremony of the institution in Ilorin on Tuesday
According to him, most of those encroaching have erected buildings very close to students lecture theatres.
He said the staff recreation facilities are now being used by the illegal occupants to dry their farm produce.
Dr, Jimoh-Muhammed urged the state government to stop the activities of the illegal occupants of the polytechnic land to avert imminent danger within the institutions community.
He also said the institution in collaboration with security agencies and local vigilante has put in place adequate security measures to ensure security of staffs and students.
” The Management has been able to maintain peace over the years with the assistance of Security Agencies such as the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Vigilante etc. However, huge sums of funds are required to maintain this relative peace.” He said.
He also highlighted some of the achievements recorded in two years of his administration, which includes staff welfare, new polytechnic certificate, Kwarapoly Microfinance bank, renovation of hostels, resuscitation of IJMB, acquisition of radio licence, sustenance of peaceful co-existence on the campus, provision of office furniture, renovation of staff quarters, water supply, installation of solar powered light, provision of WIFI for internet connectivity, bottled/sachet water project, polytechnic bakery/block industry, construction of horticultural garden/ renovation of roads
The rector noted that despite the achievements some of the challenges, which the polytechnic had confronted includes encroachment of polytechnic land, funding, campus roads and drainages, ageing structures, accreditation of programmes.