An accreditation team of the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria ( TOPREC) has expressed satisfaction with the standard of facilities and the quality of staff in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP), Federal University of Technology, Minna.
The Team Leader, Prof. Idris Dauda Suleman gave this assessment during an exit meeting with the University Management on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus, Gidan Kwano.
Similarly, the team made suggestions for improvement in the Department.
Responding, the representative of the VC at the exist meeting, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Emmanuel Udensi commended the team for working round the clock to get the work done within a short period of time.
He assured them that observations and recommendations made would be looked into by management and addressed accordingly.
Earlier, during a courtesy visit to the University Management on Monday, November 22, 2021 the Team Leader who is also a former Head of the URP Department in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria had said that the TOPREC is always firm and fair as the Council does not condemn anybody but gives credit where credit is due and advises what to do to correct situations at every given time.
Prof. Suleman who expressed appreciation to the Management for the hospitality accorded them since their arrival said they were in the University to do the statutory work of TOPREC which is to assess what is being taught in the programme.
“We make it a duty and top priority job to make sure that schools that teach URP that are eligible for registration are visited as often as possible to make sure that they are up to date with what is being taught globally,” he reiterated.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, FSSSN appreciated the team leader and his members for agreeing to come to Minna for the exercise because of recent, Niger State has had a very bad press about banditry. “So for you to be here shows your commitment, not only to TOPREC but to the University system and Nigeria as a whole and we see it as a sacrifice and selfless duty that must be done,” he said.
Prof. Bala further thanked TOPREC for their understanding as the exercise should have taken place last year but for COVID-19 and ASUU strike.
He maintained that accreditation exercise is important as it affords external bodies and persons the avenue to see how well the University is doing and to also draw the institution’s attention to areas that they are not doing too well.