KWASU will create wealth for Kwara through tourism development – VC
The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah has reaffirmed the determination of the institution to create wealth for the state through tourism development. He gave the assurance at a Press Briefing where he declared the take-off of the institution’s School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management (STHEM) held at KWASU Contact Office, Sango, Ilorin, on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
The Vice-Chancellor said the main reason for the establishment of KWASU is to be a source of wealth creation for the state, adding that the essence of any University is to help the socio-economic development of its community.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasised that the people of Kwara State in general will benefit from the new School through increased employment and income, improved infrastructure and increased opportunity to control their own destinies.
Professor Na’Allah added that KWASU would also benefit from its involvement in championing such academic and tertiary programme in Nigeria. “Being rich and quality-driven and dedicated to students and stakeholders will be the hallmarks of the programme,” he said.
He explained that the new School which domiciles in the College of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, would prepare students for a wide-range of professional and advanced educational opportunities to which he said, graduates from other Nigerian institutions were neither qualified nor prepared for in terms of theory and practical. He added that the School would deliver one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge professional curricula in the country.
The Vice-Chancellor stated that experienced and well-qualified teaching and non-teaching staff were employed in the School, pointing out that two of the teaching staff are currently pursuing doctoral programmes at Assumption University, Thailand, which is regarded as one of the leading tourism nations in the world.
Aside its collaboration with the Assumption University, Prof. Na’Allah said KWASU had also developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cape Peninsula University, South Africa in the area of tourism development.
On admission, he said candidates with requisite qualifications would be admitted into 100 and 200 Levels for the School’s degree programme in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management (THEM).
The VC also said that the Department of Tourism, Merchandising and Hospitality Management which metamorphosed into the School would be headed by Professor P.U.C. Dieke, as the Dean.
The VC noted that Nigeria is blessed with abundant resources and language diversities capable of attracting visitors from around the world to the country, saying the National Universities Commission (NUC), the Nigerian universities and polytechnics must set the pace for the country’s development through innovative programmes that would meet the demands of the 21st century.
“Very soon, we will not only be known nationally and internationally in the area of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management, we will also be producing researches that will enable every state of this nation to benefit from this area,” the VC said.
Professor Na’Allah therefore called for collaboration with KWASU from the state Ministry of Social Development, Culture and Tourism as well as all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state and other stakeholders for the realisation of the set goals while he advised the Local Government Chairmen to create Tourism Units in their respective Councils and work with KWASU to fully explore their tourism potentials.