From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Rector, Kwara State Polytechnic, Mas’ud Elelu, has disclosed plans by the school to organise an open-day exhibition to showcase products manufactured by the institution.
He said this will give the school the opportunity to attract customers, especially organisations and corporate bodies, to patronise their products.
Elelu disclosed this to journalists in Ilorin yesterday during a facility tour of the institution, where some of the ongoing and finished projects were shown.
the rector said: “We would exhibiting our products and national conference to attract customers because we cannot display the in the market as a result of lack of fund to secure necessary accreditation from organisations such as Standard Organisation (SON), NAFDAC and other regulatory agencies
“An open day programme is in the pipeline where we would invite big factories within and outside Kwara State to come and see our products and chose any one they would want the institution to produce for them at a price cheaper than what they can get elsewhere,” the Rector said.
Some of the projects, according to Elelu, were funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), internally generated revenue of the institution and other windows of opportunity to draw fund for their projects.
“We will soon finalise arrangement with Africa Development Bank (AFDB) to be able to access fund for other projects apart from the ones we are enjoying presently,” he announced.
Also, Director of Works of the polytechnic, Dr. Abdulwahab Adeyi, listed other projects under Kwara Polytechnic Ventures, Nigeria Limited as three-line block making business, commercial car wash centre, water bottling venture, among others.
He said the projects were part of internally generated revenue activities to ensure extra fund for the institution, adding that the block making machines were moulded by the institution.
Aseyi listed other completed projects done through TETFUND funding as academic conference centre, two 250-seat capacity lecture halls, tourism village, mass communication studio and an ultra-modern sports stadium complex worth several millions of naira which is currently under construction at the school.
The Head Coach of the Polytechnic, Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulkarim, said the stadium project was put up by TETFUND for the polytechnic so as to develop students’ interest in sports.
Abdulkarim added that the complex comprises sports indoor games like badminton, volley ball, table tennis,basket ball and football, among others.
The coach explained that the sports stadium complex when completed would assist the polytechnic to prepare its students to compete in all forms of games during any national and international sports engagements.
He added that it can also host any national sport competition in the country.