At a certain point in time, the former Council of the university was dissolved. So, there was no Council after the departure of the former Vice Chancellor. The new Council and the appointment of the new VC were more or less done at the same time. This was necessitated by the hasty departure of the former VC whose tenure had expired as at that time. So, to a very great extend due process was respected in the appointment of the new VC, just like what was done in the appointment of the two former VCs because this is the third VC that the University had.
It was the new Council that ratified the appointment of the new VC, so, to a large extend all the processes were respected.
What about the advertisement you placed calling for applications by interested persons for the post of the VC?
Yes, adverts were really placed by the former VC but before the process would be completed, the Council was dissolved because its tenure has expired. The government took cognisance of the interest of all the applicants in arriving at the choice of the present VC.
How far has the university gone in getting accreditation for its numerous courses?
Since this Council and the VC came on board, their intention is to meet up the accreditation demands of certain courses. This is to ensure that the accreditation exercise did not suffer and is conducted successfully. Many of the university’s courses were accredited.
The issue of the Kafanchan campus is one issue that is raising some dust?
From the original plan made when the university was being set up, the Kafanchan campus was already conceived where certain courses would be run in that campus. For certain reasons, which include finance, that campus never saw the light of the day until last year when appropriation was really made in the budget for the take off of the campus.
The university is a growing university where you have to do things step by step. The government is giving priority to the Kafanchan campus because it is part of the original concept of the university. This is to ensure that the original concept of the university is realised. This would also help in meeting the yearnings of the people.
The issue of the need to have another campus in the northern part of the state may be a good one but the government wants to ensure that the established campuses are functioning effectively. One of the things that the government of the state wants to achieve is to give the indigenes of the state the chance to have university education. I am happy that the university is achieving that given the population of the students, which is now at about 4,600.
By the time the university’s new faculties come up, more students would be admitted. So, our focus is to ensure that the original plans of the university are put in place so that the focus of the founding fathers would become a reality.
It is not true to say that the main campus has been neglected. The issue of Kafanchan campus was conceived in the original plan of setting up the university. It was for certain reasons that the campus did not take off at the same time with the main campus. Government is giving attention to the Kafanchan campus because it was part of the original plan.
Anyone who takes time to visit the main campus would observe that lots of projects are ongoing. The office of the VC has just been completed. The department of anatomy for the medical students was also completed. The faculty of medicine has been completed, which is one of the major projects in the university, and there are other projects that are really ongoing worth billions of naira. So, for somebody to come and say the main campus was neglected is unfair. This is because the records and what is on ground are enough to dispel such insinuations.
Yes, of course some level of attention is giving to the Kafanchan campus because it is a new one and the government wants to take it to some level but it is not to the detriment of the main campus.
All I would say is that I am not aware of any wrong activity in the university. The university has some visiting lecturers and professors in addition to its own lecturers and professors.
When you look at the state-owned tertiary institutions, you would find out that all of them have campuses in the southern part of the state but you are setting up a campus of the university in the south without considering same for the north?
You need to find out what are the challenges facing those institutions that are only based in the southern part of the state. Take the College of Education for example; it is really in bad shape. I am really dissatisfied with what is on the ground; structures and facilities. I think that came about because of neglect. It is the only teacher-training institution today being owned by the state. Sincerely, it was neglected in the past. So, the government is trying to ensure that all the facilities are functioning and are up to date.
Our effort is to ensure that those institutions on ground are functional. If you are able to make your present institutions functional and you have the resources why can’t you establish even another university? Let me give you an example of Ekiti State. It had over three universities in the past but they decided to revert to only one university because they discovered that they don’t have the financial capacity to run three universities.
So, when people agitate, one has to look at those agitations with consideration to his financial strength. It would be very good, considering the significance of education, if we can have three or more universities but the issue is the funding. I am telling you the governor’s determination in lifting the state’s education sector cannot be overemphasised. This is why our intention is to ensure that the institutions on ground are having all the facilities they need.
Our determination is to make our university one of the best in the country. This is why when you visit the university today you would really appreciate what the government has done in terms of equipping it with the required facilities.
It is rumoured that the government is trying to convert Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital to teaching hospital, how true is that?
The postgraduate school of the state university would soon take off. This is why the university needs to have a teaching hospital for our students to have a place for their clinicals. This is why the state government completed arrangements for the conversion of the Barau Dikko hospital to teaching hospital, which would consume billions of naira and this hospital would remain in Kaduna. We are doing everything practically possible in making the university really a university.
People don’t have to bother because if the hospital is converted to teaching hospital, it would serve them better because it would have more facilities and qualified personnel.
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