By Mustapha Alhassan
The Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Ketso has expressed optimism that the outcome of the Presidential Visitation Panels to universities will help strengthen the citadels of learning in Nigeria.
Alh. Ketso stated this today, May 25, 2021 at the Government House, Minna, when he received, on behalf of the Governor, Chairman and Members of the Presidential Visitation Panel to the Federal University of Technology, Minna accompanied by Principal Officers of the institution, on a courtesy call.
The Deputy Governor said if the Visitation Panel is able to do its work diligently, the Federal Government has no cause to fear in terms of quality education, financial management and leadership of the institutions.
He noted that the relationship between the State Government and the Federal University of Technology, Minna is cordial.
On the repair of the Minna-Bida road, the Deputy Governor assured that the government was determined to do a quality work, hence the need for proper monitoring and evaluation
He prayed God to put an end to the security challenges in the society and guide the panel to submit a report that will strengthen the University.
Earlier, Chairman of the Panel, Prof. Nicholas Damachi had told the Deputy Governor that the laws guiding the establishment of the Federal Universities and Inter-university centres require that periodic stock taking should be carried out by panels for the purposes of improving their efficiency and effectiveness.
He disclosed that the main objective of the visitation is to appraise the performance of the institutions, in terms of the leadership qualities of the Vice-Chancellors, Principal Officers and the Governing Councils to ascertain the extent to which they have fulfilled their mandate for public good during the period under review, which explains why the exercise also looks closely into financial management, administration and the overall conditions for teaching, learning and research in the affected institutions.
The Chairman added that, though the laws provide that visitation be carried out every five years, the last time the exercise was carried out was in 2011, and as such, the current exercise will cover a 10-year period, and the panel will submit two reports covering 2011- 2015 and 2016 – 2020 respectively.
Prof. Damachi also appealed to the State Government to prevail on the contractors handling the Minna-Bida road to concentrate their effort on the Minna-Gidan Kwano portion before proceeding to other parts adding that it would give the University a befitting look and ease movement for its staff and students, a request which the Deputy Governor promised to relay to the Governor.
Other members of the Panel on the courtesy call are: Prof. Ibrahim Naiya Sada, Engr. Sa’ad Abubakar, Barr. Valentine Mgbahurike, Mrs. Mary Ali, Prof. Ismail Tsiga and the Panel Secretary, Achede O. Joseph.
The Principal Officers who accompanied the Panel members are: Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Faruk Kuta Adamu; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Emmanuel Emeka Udensi, fnip; Registrar, Mr. Amos Nmadu Kolo and Deputy Bursar, Mrs. Rebecca Adams represented the Bursar.
Photos by Elijah Yisa

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