Prof. Akanji (6th from left), flanked by other Principal Officers and members of Bosso community in a group photograph
The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji FNSBMB, FAS, has reiterated the University’s commitment and cooperation to its host communities.
The Vice-Chancellor made this disclosure when he received members of the Bosso community led by the Executive Chairman, Bosso Local Government, Hon. Isah Wakili at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Prof. Akanji commended them for hosting the University since inception in 1983, adding that the University has always put the interest of its host communities first during consideration for admission, junior staff appointment in line with extant laws, casual staff appointment and other issues that affect the wellbeing of the community.
“We are a federal institution and we are alive to our responsibilities,” the VC declared.
The VC stated that the University has executed series of community related projects in Bosso community, ranging from the drilling of borehole to address water problem, making research findings known to farmers within the community and recently donated some relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons Camp at Bosso.
He assured the delegation that all their requests would be looked into and further solicited for their support and cooperation.
Speaking earlier, Hon. Wakili expressed appreciation to the University Management for making out time from their tight schedules to interact with them, saying that the visit was important in view of the need to establish harmonious relationship for the benefit of both parties.
The Executive Chairman appealed to the University Management to remember members of the community during employment consideration, award of minor contracts and its corporate social responsibility programmes.
He stated that the community would always provide conductive atmosphere for the University to function optimally and sought the University’s cooperation to address the security challenges facing the community.
Other dignitaries at the interactive session were, the Hon. Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Niger State, Hon. Mamman Musa, Honourable member, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Madaki Malik Bosso and some traditional rulers from the community.
In a related development, the Vice-Chancellor in company of other Principal Officers, later played host to the Niger State Chapter of the Nigerian Young Professional Forum (NYPF).
In his remarks, the Coordinator of the Forum, Comrade Ibrahim Abubakar Tanko said the purpose of the visit was to inform the University Management of the existence of the group in the State and to seek partnership with the University through the use of the Campus radio station for sensitisation programmes on agricultural enlightenment and entrepreneurship.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akanji said the University would do everything possible to support the Forum while noting that their activities would help to solve some of the societal problems.