The Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) has inducted 158 newly qualified medical laboratory scientists of the Kwara State University (KWASU).The Registrar of MLSCN, Dr Tosan Erhabor, congratulated the university for ensuring the full accreditation of the programme.Dr Erhabor, who was represented by MLSCN Director, Education and Deputy Registrar, Dr Godwin Aikpitianyi, advocated for the training of more personnel in health sector to meet the needs of the nation.He noted that the strides made by the university would boost the profile of the medical laboratory science programme.The registrar however urged that more should be done to ensure staff and students work with the best tools with which to push the frontiers of training and research.He also charged the newly qualified medical laboratory scientists to avoid quackery and sharp practices, urging them to take their oath as binding them to professional conduct.In his opening address, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mustapha Akanbi SAN, stated that the induction ceremony was an important event and contribution to the country’s medical sector.Represented by Prof. Omololu Fapojuwo, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Akanbi said the newly inducted scientists would contribute to ameliorating personnel shortage in the profession.”KWASU is the first institution in the North Central zone to mount and graduate medical laboratory scientists and we are committed to producing total graduates who will drive various sectors of the nation’s economy,” he said.Akanbi added that the induction ceremony brought the total of mMedical laboratory scientists produced by the institution to 364.He urged the inductees to be good ambassadors of the institution through hard work, honesty and service to humanity.The Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. Emmanuel Ajani, said the university has achieved in the areas of procurement of laboratory equipment, new laboratory complex, departmental building and an endowment of the Faculty Lecture.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was climaxed with the administration of the Hippocratic oath and induction of the medical scientists into the profession and the council.The oath-taking and induction ceremony was the third of its kind in the institution.
Charles Folayan the Young People’s Party (YPP) House of Reps Candidate for Irepodun Constituency, has urged youths to be more practical in political participation and save the country from recycling incompetent leaders.Folayan made the call on Wednesday at a conference organised by the National Association of Political Science and Public Administration Students (NAPAS) at the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.The House of Reps hopeful urged the students to take advantage of the extension of voters registration to obtain the PVC.”Take advantage of the two month extension of the INEC voters registration to get your PVCs, mobilise to polling units on election day, vote for worthy candidates, reject vote buying and monitor your votes to guide against rigging and manipulations.”There is no magic in politics, it’s a game of numbers; the youth have the population but our population would have no value if we don’t have PVCs.”Election can not be won on the social media but at the polling units. So, let’s take the advantage and go out to register so as to choose the right leaders,” he said.Folayan further urged the students to learn more about politics and governance even outside the classroom and use their knowledge, skills, creativity and innovation in addressing societal challenges.”This can only be done through active participation in political processes and governance structure.“It would make more sense if you students of political science and public administration can join politics at the grassroots and practicalise what you are studying in school.”The societal politics today is different from what is in the books and we need people with capacity, knowledge, skills and character to redirect the politics properly and address various challenges,” he said.Folayan said when youths were not positively engaged, they might direct their energies to social vices that the leaders with little energy would not be able to solve.He also urged the Federal Government to provide more funds and manpower for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for effective and efficient registration system.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Folayan was honoured with NAPAS Award of Honour for Youth Training and Mobilisation.
Dr Abdulsalam Salman, the Librarian, Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, says the library will introduce Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to address the challenges of staff shortage in the Dept.
Salman told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that introduction of robots was one of the ways of digitalising the services in the library.
”One of my missions is to see how we can fully digitalise the services in the library.
”We are trying to introduce Artificial Intelligence and Robotics where we can use robots in providing library services.
”Instead of you interfacing with humans, robots will take over, so, the issue of under staffing that we have as a challenge will be taken care of,” the librarian said.
Dr Salman said he was working assiduously to ensure that no other University would beat KWASU to being the second university to use robots in the library after University of Lagos.
”In Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa, is already practising the use of robots to manage the library services and they are doing well.
”In Nigeria, University of Lagos has also experimented it and it is a success story; so, I am working hard to ensure no other University beats us to it.
”In trying to put in place a formidable internet services, we are already working with NITDA, NCC and some other ICT organisations.
”We also want to increase the bandwidth in such a way that documents can be downloaded in seconds.
”Also, the issue of power supply has to be sorted out; we have been running on diesel, we put on the generator by 10 a.m and put it off by 5 p.m.
”But if you want to go artificial intelligence, it has to be 24 hours. So, all those basic things must be put in place which we are working seriously on,” he said.
The librarian, however, allayed the fear that the introduction of robots would increase unemployment, but would rather make people sharpen their skills.
”It won’t increase unemployment because the use of machine is Garbage in, Garbage out, human effort is needed before a machine will work.
”It is left for people to learn how to acquire such skills. In fact, more people will be needed to work on the machine, in terms of programming to make it work.
”Then in terms of maintenance and sustainability, one can’t just fold hands, people are still needed.
”So, the only people such ideas will affect are the lazy professionals who are not ready to upgrade their skills.
”We should learn to accept change because the world is moving at a jet speed.
”So, if you fold your hands and continue to be an analogue person, one will be left behind,” Dr Salman said.
The Kwara State University (KWASU) has promoted nine of its academic staff to the professorial and associate professor cadres.
This is contsined in a statement signed by KWASU’s acting Director of University Relations, Dr Saidat Aliyu, made available to newsmen in Ilorin.
Aliyu said the promotions were approved at the 59th Regular Meeting of the Governing Council of the university held on May 12.
”Ratification of the promotions followed the recommendation of the Appointments and Promotions Committee (A&PC), which considered the reports of external assessors on the concerned staff.
”Five of them were promoted to the rank of professor, while the other four got promoted to associate professor rank,” the statement read in part.
It said that Olusola Oladele James, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry; Oluwasogo Olalubi, Department of Public Health, and Oluwabukola Christiana Dada, Department of Special Education, were now professors.
It also listed Mufutau Ajao, Department of Zoology, and AbdulRazaq Katibi of the Department of Arabic and Linguistics as the newly promoted professors.
“The promoted associate professors are Gafar Olorisade, Shehu AbdulGaniyu, Moshood Zakariyah and Isiaka Aliagan of the departments of Educational Management, Agricultural Economics and Extension Services, English and Linguistics and Mass Communication, respectively,” it stated.
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