Considering the negative influences the youth often get exposed to, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has underscored the importance of religious counselling in the University.
Prof. Bala stated this on Thursday, December 3, 2020 when the new Chaplain of the University’s Chapel of Grace, Rev. Michael Oladeji paid him a courtesy visit at the Main Campus.
His words: “Our country is in dire straits, largely because of the lack of fear of God, and because of this, the youth are exposed to all kinds of unsavoury influences. But once they are here on campus, our responsibility is to ensure that we provide them with proper guidance and counselling, and we feel religious counselling is very important.”
Prof. Bala observed that such influences are beyond the imaginations of the youth, whereas parents expect that the institutions would provide some form of social and ethical services. He however assured that the University will continue to dobits best in that regard, just as he expressed the belief that the new chaplain will do his bit in ensuring that people not only listen but practice the word of God.
“In a country where there is no fear of God, things will not go the way they should be, and that is why we feel every religious segment of this community should be properly embraced and supported in making sure that the community, especially the students that are impressionable are exposed to the word of God,” he said.
On the chapel under construction, the VC said the project is a symbol of the diversity and inclusiveness of the University Community and assured that Management under his leadership will do its best to ensure a timely completion.
Earlier, the University Chaplain, Rev. Oladeji, who was recently appointed for a term of five years, thanked the VC for his efforts towards the completion of the Chapel and for supporting Christian community in the University.
He said that they would support the University helmsman with prayers to take FUT, Minna to greater heights.
Assistant Chaplains, Dr. Mathew Kolo and Dr. Mayowa Pemi as well as Chapel Secretary, Dr. Faith Ibrahim and Elder, Dr. Sunday Lawal accompanied the Chaplain on the visit.
The Chapel of Grace comprises the non-Catholic arm of the Christian Community in the University.

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