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INAUGURAL SPEECH BY THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, MINNA, PROFESSOR ABDULLAHI BALA, FSSSN

Federal University of Technology, Minna, ably led by Prof. ‘Femi Odekunle for organizing and conducting a transparent, free and fair transition process that led to my emergence as the Seventh Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Also, worthy of appreciation are members of Senate other staff and students of the University for their support and understanding in the peaceful conduct of the exercise. Other stakeholders of the University have also been supportive especially since the announcement of my appointment as Vice-Chancellor. I thank you all for your support, prayers, goodwill and advice.

Understandably, my appointment as Vice-Chancellor was not only met with a lot of euphoria, but also high expectation. Whilst this in itself is a sign of the confidence people have in our ability to deliver, the expectations came with their own contradictions such that it is almost impossible to meet all of them. In fact, some of the suggestions and pieces of advice volunteered are, in my considered opinion, the very antithesis of what a modern and progressive University like ours should be associated with. Mr. Pro-Chancellor, Ladies and gentlemen, while we may not be able to do all of the things being suggested, it is my solemn promise that we shall work hard to meet the expectation of the vast generality of the University community and other stakeholders.

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 specialized Universities, 5th in Nigeria and forty-fifth out of 4,245 universities in Africa. We have every reason to celebrate and be proud of these achievements. However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars. According to the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ‘The race for excellence has no finishing line’.

My administration’s priority will, therefore, be to continue to work hard in navigating the University along the trajectory of progressiveness and development already charted by my predecessors. In doing so, we shall be mindful of and be guided by three cardinal Gs, namely:
• Guided by Statutes of the University and Laws of the land,
• Good governance and
• Global best practices.
Where discretion becomes necessary, 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 realize our set objectives.

Inadequate financing has often been the bane of most developmental plans; ours is unlikely to be different given the low budgetary allocations usually made by Government to the Universities against a huge overhead cost. While we are committed to working towards improving the University’s internally generated revenue to augment whatever Government is providing us, we shall also aggressively work towards blocking financial leakages and hemorrhages. Nonetheless, we may occasionally find it necessary to approach friends and stakeholders of the University for help in critical areas. In spite of our 35 years existence as a University, we are only able to accommodate just about 4000 students in 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% 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. Accordingly, I am using this occasion to appeal to our stakeholders and friends that have the means to join hands with the University through Public-Private-Partnership arrangements to provide befitting hostel accommodation for our children. Our doors are open to private investors for such ventures and the University shall guarantee the security and safety of your investments.

No meaningful development can be achieved without peace. It is our desire, therefore, to ensure and foster peaceful co-existence among members of the University community and between the University and the host community. I want to assure all and sundry that I shall continue with my predecessor’s open door policy. I pledge to embrace all and sundry without distinction of ethnicity, religion, gender, physical disability or political affiliation. My administration shall be fair and work for justice for all.

Never has this University witnessed a peaceful and orderly transfer of power such as this. While this is a cause for a celebration, it is also a time for deep introspection and sober reflection. The University will be 35 years old by February, 2018. It has tried in its own way and within limited resources to discharge one of its core mandates of community development by making its products of research and manpower training available to the general community and promoting the practical application of same. However, the relationship between the University and the host community has at best remained tenuous, characterized by mutual suspicion. Although, Federal University of Technology, Minna is a Federal institution, it is important that the host community embraces it in a way similar to the special relationships we see existing between similar institutions and State Governments elsewhere. There is a need for a paradigm shift so that the Town and Gown relationship becomes more organic and mutually beneficial to both communities. To make this happen, we all need to ponder on not only what we can get from the University but also the kind of support and partnership we can render to the University so that it can serve us better. The University has an Endowment Fund and an Advancement office that in the weeks and months to come, will be in contact with some of us here today for their support and partnership in order to further the cause of development in the University and the community. We shall also work closely, with our Alumni in this respect.

Accolades have come the way of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, in the past few days for his contribution to the phenomenal growth and development of the university in the last five years. I wish to congratulate and thank this cerebral intellectual for his outstanding performance. I must say that as someone that was part of his administration, I am very proud to be associated with these success stories. I have learnt a lot from him and I thank him for the mutual love, respect and trust that we shared. There is no doubt that I shall miss him. I hope we can always call on him in the future for his wise counsel whenever the need arises. A number of people that I have had a long and enduring relationship with, some since birth, are here today to grace the occasion. They include several of my colleagues and classmates at Primary and Secondary Schools as well as the University. There are also my kith and kin from Suleja led by the Emirate Council and the delegation from Dawaki Community. I thank and appreciate you all for your life long brotherhood, fellowship, friendship, goodwill and support at all times. I am very proud of you, may Allah reward you all with Aljannat Firdaus. Other distinguished guests here present from far and near, especially their Royal Highnesses, the Pro-Chancellor and members of the Governing Council, members of Senate, Congregation, other staff here present, members of the host community and heads of other tertiary institutions, I thank you for honouring us with your presence at this occasion. Also present here today are my predecessors, the former Vice Chancellors of FUT Minna. The University Community shall remain ever grateful and indebted to you for your inestimable contribution to the development of the University and for always honouring our invitations to functions such as this. The Alumni and students, who are the real owners of the University, are also well represented here today. We thank you for being here. Last but not the least, I specially want to appreciate members of the Press for patiently covering this event in spite of several inconveniences. I thank you all and may Allah grant you journey mercy as you return to your various destination. Thank you and God bless.

Professor Abdullahi Bala FSSSN
Incoming Vice-Chancellor
1st December, 2017

Some selected quotes from Prof. Abdullahi Bala’s inaugural speech on the occasion of his inauguration as the 7th Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna on December 1, 2017.

“ I thank members of the Joint Council/Senate Selection Committee and members of Council of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, ably led by Prof. ‘Femi Odekunle for organizing and conducting a transparent, free and fair transition process that led to my emergence as the Seventh Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Also, worthy of appreciation are members of Senate other staff and students of the University for their support and understanding in the peaceful conduct of the exercise “.

”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 specialized Universities, 5th in Nigeria and forty-fifth out of 4,245 universities in Africa. We have every reason to celebrate and be proud of these achievements. However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars “.

“My administration’s priority will, therefore, be to continue to work hard in navigating the University along the trajectory of progressiveness and development already charted by my predecessors. In doing so, we shall be mindful of and be guided by three cardinal Gs, namely: guided by Statutes of the University and Laws of the land, good governance and global best practices”.

“Inadequate financing has often been the bane of most developmental plans; ours is unlikely to be different given the low budgetary allocations usually made by Government to the Universities against a huge overhead cost. While we are committed to working towards improving the University’s internally generated revenue to augment whatever Government is providing us, we shall also aggressively work towards blocking financial leakages and hemorrhages. Nonetheless, we may occasionally find it necessary to approach friends and stakeholders of the University for help in critical areas“.

“In spite of our 35 years existence as a University, we are only able to accommodate just about 4000 students in 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% 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”.

“No meaningful development can be achieved without peace. It is our desire, therefore, to ensure and foster peaceful co-existence among members of the University community and between the University and the host community. I want to assure all and sundry that I shall continue with my predecessor’s open door policy. I pledge to embrace all and sundry without distinction of ethnicity, religion, gender, physical disability or political affiliation. My administration shall be fair and work for justice for all “.

“Accolades have come the way of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, in the past few days for his contribution to the phenomenal growth and development of the university in the last five years. I wish to congratulate and thank this cerebral intellectual for his outstanding performance. I must say that as someone that was part of his administration, I am very proud to be associated with these success stories. I have learnt a lot from him and I thank him for the mutual love, respect and trust that we shared. There is no doubt that I shall miss him. I hope we can always call on him in the future for his wise counsel whenever the need arises ".


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