The Student Affairs Division has the responsibility of attending to the welfare, discipline, reward, bursary/scholarship and entire wellbeing of the students of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. The Student Affairs Division was established at the inception of the University in 1983. It coordinates extra-curricular activities that are beneficial to the students' welfare and growth. The Division has among other responsibilities, the enforcement of rules and regulations guiding students' general conduct on Campus. The Division has other units with staff that aid its general operation. They are the Counselling Psychologists, Sports Officers, Hall Officers, Clerical Officers, and the Students Union. The Division is under the Office of the Vice Chancellor and headed by the Dean of Students who is a Senior member of academic staff. The Dean is assisted by the Deputy Dean, a Secretary as the Registry head in the Division as well as other Registry staff.
Prof. A.N. Saidu
Dean of Students' Affairs Division
Engr. Dr. S.M. Auta
Deputy Dean, Students' Affairs Division
Mrs. A.S.D. Usman
Secretary, Students' Affairs Division
To facilitate the process of achieving the University's vision of becoming one of Nigeria's leading Universities and Centre of Excellence by providing appropriate counselling and other students' support services with the view to producing graduates that are worthy in both learning and character.
To uphold the virtues embedded in the specialised nature of the University, which includes the training of skilled and innovative workforce that would harness the forces of nature and transform Nigeria's natural resources into goods and services to positively affect the economy and thus the quality of life of her people. To encourage morality and good conduct among the students of this institution to enable natural self-sustainable development.
NAMES OF PREVIOUS DEANS OF THE DIVISION
Prof. M.A. Olatunji (1992 – 1998)
Dr. M.A.T. Suleiman (1998 – 2002)
Dr. T.Z. Adama (2002 – 2005)
Dr. A.O. Osunde (2005 – 2007)
Dr. A.S. Abubakar (2007 – 2008)
Dr. A.S. Ma'aji (2008 – 2010)
Dr. Y.A. Iyaka (2010 – 2013)
UNITS UNDER THE DIVISION
1. Dean's Office
2. Guidance and Counselling
1. Dean's Office
3. Guidance and Counselling
4. Sports & Recreation
6. NYSC Matters
8. Clubs, Societies and Associations
9. Students Union
10. International Student Matters
The Students' Affairs is a division under the office of the Vice Chancellor. The Division is headed by the Dean of Students who is a Senior member of academic staff. The Dean is assisted by the Deputy Dean and a Senior Registry staff (Secretary of Division and Head of Administration), supportive Senior and Junior Registry staff. Other staff members include Guidance and Counselling Psychologists, Sport Officers and Hall Officers.
The Division provides non-academic services such as student welfare matters, career guidance and counselling, NYSC mobilization, recreation and sporting activities as well as student disciplinary matters. It is also the responsibility of the Division to regulate and control Student Union activities for the purpose of safeguarding national security, public order and public morality.
Other officers that reports to the Dean directly are:
• Students Union
• Student Welfare Insurance Scheme (SWIS)
• Complaints and Contact us:
Students' Affairs Division,
Federal University of Technology,
P.M.B. 65, Minna,
Niger State, Nigeria.
The Registry provides the following services in the Division:
- NYSC Matters
- Students' Orientation
The Registry is the central unit served with the responsibility of day-to-day activities of the Division. It is also responsible for policy implementation of the University with respect to students and other activities governing their conduct in the University.
The Registry is composed of a Senior Registry staff (Secretary of Division and Head of Administration), supporting Senior and Junior Registry staff.
The Registry performs among other things, the following functions:
a) Coordination of the mobilization of student for National Youth Service Corps. i.e. it carries out the general activities of students' mobilization for National Youth Service Corps, indeed the most challenging assignment of the unit in recent times.
b) It also assist in the coordination of the Students Union activities in order to ensure good relationship amongst students and the University Management.
c) The Secretary of the Division serves as the Secretary to the Students' Disciplinary Committee of the University. The Committee helps in mediating between students in cases of dispute. It also facilitates the maintenance of peace and discipline amongst students.
d) It is also involved in the organisation of the sessional orientation ceremony for fresh students: a forum that serves to educate fresh students on what is expected of them as students in the University as well as the need to keep from all forms of anti-social activities on campus.
e) In addition to the above functions, the Senior Registry staff in the Unit also serve as Secretaries to various Management and Senate Committees on campus.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING UNIT
In February, 1998, a Guidance and Counselling Committee was established, comprising the Vice Chancellor's nominee as Chairperson. Other members included the Director, University Health Services; a Guidance and Counselling expert; a Guidance Counsellor from Niger State Education Resource Center and another from Niger State College of Education, Minna; a representative of the Dean of Students; one Academic Adviser from each of the Schools and a representative of the Registrar as the Secretary of the Committee.
The terms of reference of the Committee were:
1. To assist the University in formulating policies that guide students in their personal and academic pursuits.
2. To handle any other matters on students that is referred to it from time to time for which it deemed confident to handle.
In May, 2000, the University sought to establish a career structure for Guidance and Counselling through consultations with other Universities and in 2005, a Guidance and Counselling Unit was created in the Student Affairs Division of the University.
The Unit is saddled with the responsibility of providing information, knowledge, guidance, practical work, training and support that is necessary for our esteemed students of the University. The Unit provides platform for optimal acquisition of educational experiences and hence prepare them for a productive living in all works of life, thereby fulfilling the Vision of the University.
The Unit is committed to the provision of an enabling environment in which the students can develop the skills, attributes, insights, scholarship, creativity, innovation, values and other potentials that will enable them to enhance academic competence as well as sound character, informed by discipline and dedication, and contribute maximally to the society.
The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Student Affairs Division offers a wide range of counselling and psychological services aimed at helping students and staff to acquire and develop attitudes and skills, insights and understanding about themselves and their environment. The
following services are available:
• Individual and group counselling
• Academic/educational counselling
• Career counselling/information
• Personal/social counselling
• Crisis intervention including:
(i) Roommate problems
(ii) Courtship/marital problems
(iii) Feeling of isolation and depression
(iv) Lack of concentration and interest
(v) Anxiety about examinations
(vi) Relaxation/shyness problems
(vii) Ineffective study habits
(viii) Victimization and intimidation problems
(ix) Sexual harassment
(x) Indigent students part-time work
(xi) Referral services, etc.