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The journey towards establishing a State University in Kwara State began when attempts were made after 10 years of establishment of Kwara State College of Technology to transform it into a University. In 1982 attempts were made to establish a fresh University but the agreement with the Technical Partner Metripex failed. In 1983, further effort was aborted by the sudden change of government. In November 1990, the then Military Governor of Kwara State Colonel Alwali Jauji Kazir, inaugurated a 15-man Committee under the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, the late Professor Samuel Afolabi Toye, to work out logistics for the establishment of the Institution. The plan however, did not go beyond the drawing board. Also, in 2002, the then Governor of Kwara State, the late Alhaji Mohammed Alabi Lawal, took further step by setting up Professor Saka Nuhu Committee with the mandate to convert the present Kwara State Polytechnic to a University. The turning of the sod was undertaken by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, but Governor Lawal’s administration failed to go beyond that step till the expiration of his tenure in May 2003. History was however made on July 11, 2007 barely two months into the commencement of his second term in office, when Governor Bukola Saraki inaugurated a Technical Committee under the former Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Mohammed Sha’aba Lafiagi, to prepare grounds for the establishment of the Kwara State University. When that Committee completed its assignment in December, 2007, an Implementation Committee under the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Shuaibu Oba AbdulRaheem, was constituted on January 15, 2008 to draw up the curriculum and prepare the masterplan for the University. The government subsequently sent a bill on the proposed Kwara State University to the State House of Assembly which was passed after series of deliberations.

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