OBAFEMI CALLS FOR RE-ENGINEERING OF UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION

The call was made during the 3rd Annual Registry Lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna titled: Re-Engineering University Administration Towards Achieving Institutional Goals, delivered by Mr. Emmanuel Dada Obafemi, former Registrar, University of Ilorin on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Caverton Lecture Hall, Main Campus.

Mr. Dada pointed out that the idea of re-engineering in organization is not new and is a term used for radical change processes whereby the organisation focuses on key processes with high value and do away with irrelevant side processes that have minimal value.

According to the seasoned administrator, re-engineering brings about improved overall productivity because the process would have identified elements in the organisation that are creating costs with little benefits and make the necessary adjustments.

The guest lecturer said universities were established with the aim of achieving teaching, research and community service but they are derailing from their goals hence the need to re-engineer this through a thorough review.
Mr. Dada explained that in universities, the different administration, strata of administrators, as well as teaching, research and community service all need to be re-engineered.

He added that there was need to re-engineering our ICT development and compliance, just as there was need for skills development, putting our shortcomings to test with a view to dropping practices that are obsolete and taking on those that will put us in good stead in our performance. These, he said, are to be acquired through training and retraining for perfection.

He further added that as professional administrators, we must make frantic effort to develop all the necessary skills required to survive in a re-engineered administration. These skills, he said, include: teaching, negotiation, conflict resolution and communication.
He also urged for the re-engineering of staff, students, parents and alumni members attitude to work.

While appreciating the roles of the university administrators to ensure that they are not swept away by whatever re-engineering that may take place, he urged colleagues in the registry who are professional administrators to ensure that they prepare themselves to be able to match the demands of re-engineering without stress, flow on with the change.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution Prof. AbdullahiBala, fsssn, in his remark congratulated the Registrar Mrs. Victoria NnawoKolo for initiating the lecture series in the University, adding that it has been of enormous benefit. He thanked her for her unrelenting passion towards making the Registry one of the best in Nigeria.

The helmsman, while appreciating the guest lecturer for his rich lecture, said the lecture is unique because it is coming at a time when almost all our operational aspects need to be re-engineered for effective and efficient service delivery.

Prof. Bala stated that if we all understand our roles in the University there will be no room for competition and disharmony. “The essence of lectures like this is to continue to draw our attention to our various responsibilities and for us to be mindful of the fact that the University largely rest on the kind of input we put in the administration of the institution,” he said.

He further urged members of staff to continue to aspire to be committed to the best practices of the university system so that the University can continue to move in leaps and bounds. “There is no doubts that FUT, Minna is one of the leading universities in Nigeria and is recognised for excellence,” Prof Bala reiterated.

In her speech, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Victoria Kolo who is witnessing the registry lecture for the last time in her tenure said the topic for this year is apt in view of the need to equip university administrators and other staff of the University with the necessary skills required in the 21st century to accelerate the development of the university towards attaining its core mandate.

Mrs. Kolo noted that the university administration provides the matrix which binds the different integral parts of the university and the university would not function effectively without committed and hardworking administrators who would take a broad view of the institution’s interest vis-à-vis its vision and mission. As such, she said, for university administration to be effective in achieving institutional goals, best practices and global standards must be maintained and never compromised thus the need to address the retinue of problems militating against the effective functioning of universities.

The outgoing Registrar intimated the gathering of milestones of her tenure which include: prompt issuance of transcript/certificate, staff promotion, staff training, discipline and inauguration of Association of Nigerian Universities professional Administrators ANUPA, FUT, Minna Branch.

In his vote of thanks, Chairman, organising committee, Mr. Eli Gbadafu thanked the Vice-Chancellor and his management team for making the 3rd edition of the lecture a reality. He further thanked the Registrar for her unrelenting passion for excellence in the registry, assuring that her legacies will be sustained.

Mr. Gbadafu appreciated the guest lecturer for accepting the call at short notice, adding that his lecture has reengineered administrative processes in the university. He also thanked all registry staff and other units for their cooperation and support towards the success of the lecture.

Highlight of the occasion was the honouring of immediate past Vice-Chancellor, Prof. MusbauAdewumiAkanji, FNSBMB, FAS,who was represented by Prof. YahayaIyaka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and presentation of a Biography of the Registrar, Mrs. Victoria Kolo.


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