By Ugboaja, Stanley Uzoamaka

The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has made a strong case for a talents exhibition forum that will afford budding creatives in the institution to showcase their skills.

The erudite don made the call on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Senate Chamber during the brief presentation ceremony.

Prof. Bala spoke while receiving a couple of photo portraits presented to him by two students, Dauda Caleb Wudu, Department of Crop Production Technology, and Abicky Solomon Terlanga of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

The VC expressed appreciation to the students for the gift while noting that the University needs to have a platform that would recognize students with special talents to showcase their skills.

“I am highly impressed by what I have seen here today. It is natural that a place such as this where we have over 20, 000 students, that we will have students that have other talents other than what they are studying for,” the University helmsman disclosed.

Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University may look into organizing an art exhibition or special talents’ day for students with different skills to display their talents, with an assessment team to determine first, second and third positions with prizes. He stated that the newly established Students Support Services Unit would identify these creative talents either in music, art, dance, drama, catering, among others, and develop a yearly program for such purpose.

The VC further directed Prof. Ijaiya to see him in the office tomorrow so that he would make something available for the students for their efforts and asked them to produce similar portraits for other Principal Officers of the University.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the students, the Dean, Students’ Affairs Division of the institution, Prof. Abdulmojeed Ijaiya stated that the students were spotted with exceptional talent during the last Students’ Union Week and approached him of their desire to make a photo portrait of the Vice-Chancellor, adding that he obliged them their request.

The two students were led by Prof. Ijaiya and the Students’ Union President, Comrade Ibikunle Damilere Felix.

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