KWASU-ASUU awards scholarships to four indigent students

The Kwara State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has recently awarded four indigent students scholarships under its Indigent Students Scholarship Scheme.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the ASUU branch, Comrade Shehu Abdulganiyu, Salau and made available to NEWS FLASH today, the Union said the good gesture extended to the selected brightest indigent students was in consonance with its philosophy as it launched the indigent scholarship in 2021-2022 since it joined National body of the Union (ASUU).

The National Executive Council had at its meeting of 3rd and 4th February, 2018 held at Gombe State University had instituted a scholarship scheme for students in Nigerian public varsities, the statement added.

According to the chairman, the selection of the beneficiaries followed a due process and was a product of the recommendation of a Committee set up to strictly consider a laid down criteria in arriving at the decisions.

The beneficiaries who were selected among the brightest indigents are Muyideen Alaro, Musa of Faculty of Law and Temitope Odunayo, Babalola of Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences for 2023/2024 edition each of who is recommended for N200,000 as national award. Others are Emmanuel Aanu, Ajayi of Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Ibraheem Olusola, Musa of Pure and Applied Sciences recommended for N100,000 each.

During the presentation of the awards, the chairman stated that the award was earlier pegged at N100,000 but had to be upwardly reviewed to N200,000 in order to cushion the the adverse effects of the subsidy removal and hike in tuition fees of varsities across the country.

Comrade Salau encouraged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture, sustain and improve on their impressive academic records to an enviable height while restating the Union’s commitment to ensuring that indigent but brilliant students are not denied quality education.

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Kwara Assembly to check proliferation of roadside ‘motor parks’

The Kwara State House of Assembly has moved to check the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks to roadsides in Ilorin, the state capital.

In a resolution on Tuesday on a motion on the need to checkmate the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks in the Ilorin metropolis to roadsides, the House urged the public to patronise boarding vehicles only at designated motor parks across the metropolis for obvious security reasons.

The House also urged the state government to, as a matter of necessity, direct the state road traffic management authority to monitor the activities of motor parks in the Ilorin metropolis with a view to ensuring that roadsides are not used as motor parks.

The legislative arm further urged the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other transport unions to enforce government policies on their members for the good of all.

The House further directed all local government councils to exercise control over all motor parks by ensuring that operators are restricted to places designated for the purpose and officially allocated to them.

The motion on the need to checkmate the indiscriminate relocation of motor parks to roadsides in the Ilorin metropolis, KWHAM 10, was moved by Yusuf Abdulwaheed Gbenga (Essa/Shawo/Igboidun) and seconded by Rukayat Motunrayo Shittu (Owode/Onire).

In leading the debate, Gbenga noted that Ilorin is fast growing into a cosmopolitan environment with the influx of people from other parts of the country for various reasons, which has grown the population of Ilorin, thereby overstretching its infrastructure.

This, he explained, leads to an ugly trend that has characterised the use of the roads with the unruly conduct of some commercial vehicle operators.

He further asserted that most commercial drivers do not respect rules governing road usage with indiscriminate parking, especially whenever they want to pick up passengers, causing unnecessary gridlock on major roads and junctions within the metropolis.

He also noted the need to control bad practices to ensure the safety of lives and property, which is the statutory responsibility of the government.

(Daily Post)

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