FUTMINNA INAUGURATES NEW VC, PROF BALA • As Prof Akanji Bows Out • Prof Bala Vows To Improve IGR

In his remarks during the ceremony, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University Governing Council, Prof. ’Femi Odekunle, charged the new Vice-Chancellor to conduct the affairs of the institution within the extant laws and regulations.

Prof. Odekunle stated that the event is the first of its kind in the history of the University that a real transition is taking place where an outgoing Vice-Chancellor is handing over to an in-coming Vice-Chancellor in person at the appropriate time with celebration, adding that today’s seamless inauguration ceremony was an opposite of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor’s inauguration ceremony which was delayed and postponed severally because of pending resolution of litigations in court against his appointment.

“You should all understand and appreciate why we, as a University and as a community, we are happy today to conduct this inauguration publicly, witnessed by both town and gown, by all stakeholders within and outside the University, all in an atmosphere of congeniality,” the Pro-Chancellor stated.

The Chairman said the Council under his leadership had vowed to conduct and execute the selection process in an open, transparent, fair and credible manner without recourse to extraneous considerations such as ethnicity, religion, zoning, politics or similar primordial sentiments.

The don also thanked the Federal and State governments, traditional rulers and various community leaders for giving the governing council the chance to have a freehand in executing the selection exercise, guided only by the relevant laws and regulations and the interest of the University.

He expressed the University’s appreciation to the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji for his observably-meritorious service to the development of the University while describing Prof. Akanji as a scholar, an astute administrator, an open-door Vice-Chancellor, listening and accessible leader, and a non-looter of University funds.

Speaking earlier, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akanji expressed gratitude to the University Governing Council for giving him the opportunity to serve the institution as its Vice-Chancellor in last five years, adding that all the achievements recorded were possible based on the support given to him by everybody.

The VC congratulated Prof. Abdullahi Bala on his well-deserved appointment as the new helmsman of the University and urged everybody to give him all the necessary support needed to succeed in office. He further expressed appreciation to the host community for their support.

The new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala (FSSSN) thanked the University Governing Council under the leadership of Prof. Odekunle for organising and conducting a transparent, free and fair transition process that led to his emergence as the 7th Vice-Chancellor of the University, and also expressed appreciation to the University Senate members, staff and students for their support and understanding in the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

“The Federal University of Technology, Minna, has witnessed tremendous growth and development, especially in the last one and a half decades. Today, we have grown to a healthy staff and student population of about 24,000, we have a very beautiful Campus to be proud of, virtually all our academic programmes have full accreditation and the University is ranked the best among specialised Universities, 5th in Nigeria and 45th out of 4,245 universities in Africa. We have every reason to celebrate and be proud of these achievements,” he stated.

He promised to continue to work hard in navigating the University along the trajectory of progressiveness and development already charted by his predecessors, saying that his administration would be guided by three Gs, namely: guided by statutes of the University and laws of the land, good governance and global best practices.

“We shall take decisions that are in the best interest of the University. We shall work assiduously and dispassionately towards assembling the best team to realise our set objectives,” The new Vice-Chancellor enthused.

On funding, Prof. Bala vowed to work towards improving the internally generated revenue of the University to augment whatever comes from federal government while stating that he would block all financial leakages.

“In spite of our 35 years existence as a University, we are only able to accommodate just about 4000 students in the University’s hostels. This is a major problem to us which we feel needs to be quickly addressed given the security and social challenges associated with the vast majority of our students living off campus. “We are desirous of accommodating at least 75 percent of our students on Campus in order for them to be thoroughly exposed to University culture for them to, not only go through the University, but for the University to go through them so as to train them as responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow,” he maintained.

The Scholar disclosed that no meaningful development can be achieved without peace, saying that his administration would ensure and foster peaceful co-existence among members of the University community and between the University and the host community.

Speaking earlier while introducing the event, the Registrar of the University, Mrs. Victoria Nnawo Kolo said the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor of the University followed due process in line with the University laws pertaining to the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.

“The fairness of the selection process leading to the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor was massively applauded by stakeholders, including all contestants. The appointment of Vice-Chancellors in Nigerian Universities has been marred with several problems and in some universities, the process has often been regarded as a “Do or Die Contest,” she noted.

The Registrar disclosed that the University decided to organise the elaborate and open inauguration ceremony to show that the University is peaceful and transparent in all of its dealings. She congratulated the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji for working assiduously towards the development of the University in all facets.

Prof. Abdullahi Bala will assumed office on December 3, 2017 for a single term of five years.

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