HOST STATES SHOULD SUPPORT, BENEFIT FROM FEDERAL VARSITIES – VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof, Abdullahi Bala fsssn, has stated that states hosting federal institutions should show interest in happenings in such institutions.
Prof. Bala said this on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus while addressing Executive Council members of the National Association of Niger State students (NANISS) who paid him a courtesy visit.
His words: ” I have always said that the presence of a federal institution in a state should, of necessity and out of obligation, be of interest to the host state. Whatever is happening in that institution, we should be interested in knowing how do we come in, by first of all supporting the institution and also benefiting maximally from the institution.”
The VC further said that the decision of Federal Government to establish a federal university in each state was meant to bring the opportunity of having university education closer to the people, adding that a host state of such an institution should of necessity be major beneficiary in terms of students admission and staff recruitment.
He advised the NANISS officials to carry out advocacy campaigns with a view to ensuring that more indigenes of Niger State subscribe to programmes in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor who disclosed that the University usually admits every qualified candidate from Niger State, except those hampered by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) regulations, those who fall short of requirements for their first choice programmes are usually admitted into other departments for which they are qualified based on their O’Level and UTME subject combinations.
Niger State, the VC said, rarely fills its admission quota. He therefore, advised NANISS to engage the different emirate educational foundations in the state on the need to support the enrolment of their youths in the pre-degree programme, which he said, is an easier path for Nigerlites to gain admission into the University.
He further charged them to sensitize the State government on the need to build dedicated hostels for students of Niger State origin not resident in Minna as it would help the students in navigating through the institution.
On the association’s plan, as disclosed by its President, to hold an awareness programme on the girl child inclusiveness in agricultural transformation in Niger State, Prof. Bala described the idea as fantastic and gave assurances of his support, adding that Niger State is an agrarian state and much needs to be done on agricultural development.
Earlier, NANISS President, Musa Muhammad, on his election as Chairman of the Association of West African Universities (AWAU), disclosed that the visit was to enable them get acquainted with the challenges students of Niger State origin in the University are facing and as well seek advice from the Management on the way forward.
Muhammad, a 300 level student of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai also sought consideration for students living with disabilities during admission, to which the VC responded that the University complies with JAMB rule of automatic admission for such people, once they meet the requirement, adding that new buildings in the institution have been equipped with ramps to aid people with special needs.
The student-leader added that the Association counts on the VC’s support for their programme as the university remains committed to excellence in learning and service delivery.

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