PROSPECTS, CHALLENGES AS PRESIDENTIAL VISITATION PANEL MEETS FUTMINNA CONGREGATION

By Aliyu I. Jidda.
In furtherance of their assignment, members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the Federal University of Technology, Minna had an interaction with the University Congregation on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Speaking during the interaction held at the University Auditorium, main campus, Gidan Kwano, Chairman of the Visitation Panel, Prof. Nicholas Damachi said that their decision to have the interaction was in view of the fact that the Congregation is the largest body of the University University and the need to have more direct inputs to enrich the report of the Panel.
Prof. Damachi, a former federal permanent secretary, urged the congregation to pass meaningful comments on issues affecting the institution.
He read the terms of reference of the Panel as follows:
To inquire into the level of implementation of the white paper on the last visitation report;
To look into the leadership quality of each university in terms of the roles of governing council, the vice chancellors and other principal officers;
To look into the financial management of each institution including statutory allocations and internally generated revenue over the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations;
To investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance for further funding;
To examine the adequacy of the staff and staff development programs of each university;
To determine the relationship between the university and the various statutory bodies it interacts with according to its law for the purposes of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance and any other relationship (i.e. Governing council, NUC, and the Federal Ministry of Education (FME);
To examine the law establishing the university including the relationship between the various internal organs, units and offices and indicate the ways the law has been observed by the competent authorities and also suggest any modifications to the law;
To trace the historical evolution of the university and take stock of its net achievement and problems as well as its style and direction;
To examine the general security in the university and how the university has dealt with it and recommended appropriate measures; and
To examine the processes and structures of discipline of students in each university in line with the due process of the rule of law.
Members of the Congregation took turns to enumerate the problems affecting the University and the pursuance of scholarship in general. They also acknowledged the general progress recorded by the management team of the University as well as prospects of the University.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, who also partook in coordinating the interaction alongside Prof. Naiya Sada (one of the members of the Presidential Visitation Panel) urged members to speak out as there would be no room for victimisation or witch hunt due to issues raised.
Photos by Elijah Yisa

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