From Adedeji Joseph, Ilorin.
The Rector of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu has said more than180 security operatives are engaged daily to check cultism and other security challenges to academic stability in the institution.
He was speaking with journalists at the end of an ‘iftar’ lecture held on the polytechnic campus on Thursday for the Ramadan season.
According to him, the security operatives include military men, police, men of the Department of Security Services (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the local vigilante group.
The state-owned institution had in recent past been infested with cult-related activities leading to loss of lives and properties before the current secirity measure was put in place.
Since the measure was put in place, Elelu said the institution has not suffered insecurity because peace and tranquillity had returnned on the campus.
Meanwhile, the Rector said because of the stable academic calendar, the institution has been one of the most sought after by prospective students seeking admission.
Elelu also disclosed that part of the reasons why the admission seekers wanted the school was because all the programmes mounted by the institution had been accredited.
In his iftar lecture, an Islamic scholar, Ustaz Ismail Akanbi said the importance of Ramadan fasting was one to help a Muslim to gain entrance into heaven.
He enjoined muslim faithfuls to be more pious generous to the needy which was part of the injunctions of Allah acceptable during RamaDan.