Emir of Kano, HRH. Alh. Muhammadu Sanusi II (6th from left), VC (5th from left) and members of University Muslim community in a group photograph.
The Emir of Kano, HRH Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, CON has described the Federal University of Technology, Minna, as a foremost institution with research and innovation as its hallmark.
The Emir made the remark on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 while receiving a delegation of the University Muslim Community which was in his palace for a thank-you-visit. The team, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, FNSBMB, FAS , comprised the University’s Executive Committee of the Muslim Community.
According to the team, the visit was in the best tradition of African culture to show appreciation to the Emir for honouring their invitation during the commissioning of its ultra-modern Jumuah Mosque in January this year.
The Vice Chancellor, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the Emir’s presence at the commissioning, the singular honour of leading the first Friday prayers in the mosque after its inauguration and his sermon on peaceful co-existence of all faiths, had elevated Islam and gingered up all adherents of Islamic faith in the University to further dedicate themselves to Allah. He thereafter, delivered the goodwill messages of the immediate past and in-coming Councils of the University.
Responding, Emir Sanusi posited that for the country to become competitive in the global economy, she must explore, exploit and utilize science and technological innovations through her higher education and research institutions. He urged education managers across the universities to discover challenges that are peculiar to their system and address it systematically to enable them fulfill their mandate.
The Emir said he had overtime apprised himself with the Federal University of Technology, Minna and its Governing Council, noting that the University has remained in the vanguard of technology education in the country. He particularly gave kudos to the Professor Rufa’i Ahmed Alkali-led immediate-past Governing Council for its selfless service to the University and for putting in place policies, structures, and processes that made for effective management and service delivery.
While describing the former Chairman of the Council as a versatile administrator, he said, “Professor Alkali is a very hardworking and intelligent man, who loves education to no end. He left good legacies, which the in-coming Council must build on.”
Fortunately, he said, “The in-coming Chairman, Professor Olufemi Odekunle, my former teacher, is a highly cerebral academic who is up to the task. I am sure he will help the University to re-strategize for the future.”