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How authentic is Federal University of Wukari?

•Photo: Education Minister, Ruqayyatu Rufai’I

With Sarah Odede, Email: oyin_k@yahoo.com, 07026272646

It would be a great relief if the Independent Advocate could help find out from the Federal Ministry of Education as well as the National Universities Commission how authentic is the Federal University of Wukari Taraba State, is.

I am an indigene of the state, and I happened to pass my last UTME, as well as the Post UTME examination and was offered admission to this university probably because it would soon commence as a full fledged university.

My fear now is that I am yet to know the exact date this university would commence because I am not resident in Taraba State, even though I am an indigene of the State.

Right now, I am in Kaduna, where my parents reside.

Apart from the commencement of the university, is the atmosphere conducive for a university?

Please Independent Advocate, I would be very happy if you could help me find out from both the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission to alleviate my fears.

Although I am very happy about the news of the commencement of the university, there are some other things to be considered before boasting about being an undergraduate of the university.

The UTME was my first attempt in writing the examination, and I am happy that I scored well both in the examination and the Post-UTME.

Danladi Mohammed

P.O. Box 66502

Kaduna

Kaduna State

 

The issue of Danladi Mohammed was taken up with a top official of the Federal Ministry of Education Headquarters Abuja, who craved anonymity, but always there to comment on issues concerning the Ministry.

He told the Independent Advocate that he was too sure that the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State must have taken off by now, judging from the comment of the Vice Chancellor of the new University, Professor Geoffrey Okogbaa, who made this known when the Education Minister Professor Ruquayyatu Ahmed Rufa’l visited the site of the university to assess the level of work so far carried out towards the take-off of the university.

The official said that according to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, the institution was to kick off in September last year.

According to information it was revealed that ahead of the September date, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoffrey Okogbaa said the existing administrative, academic support facilities, residential buildings and other infrastructural facilities inherited from the Taraba State Polytechnic, courtesy f the Taraba Sate government, had been significantly improve while new structure had been constructed. (Impressive.)

The official had this to say; ‘” I must be proud to tell you that the level of improvement was made possible by the Minister’s support in ensuring qualitative university education in the country. Even the Vice-Chancellor attested to this gesture to his guests, and members of the academia during their visit to institution.

“The university was one of the nine newly established federal universities in the country which were founded to increase access to tertiary education in Nigeria in line with the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan.”

The official at this point, produced a voluminous file which according to him contained some vital information concerning many of the newly established university, including the one in question.

From the records available, the VC of the university was quoted as saying that ,the university could boast of committed academic and non-academic staff members, who are dedicated to tending the students and carefully nurturing them for the future.

On the efforts of his administration to enthrone high quality university system, he added that the institution places very high premium on character building and insists on character that promotes healthy environment and spirited interaction.”

He added; “ As part of the character development programme, we are determined to sensitize the students and members of staff on the need of the host community, as well as the global community”.

The official said that the Vice Chancellor buttressed his statement by listing some of the projects for inspection by the minister to include administrative/academic block, multi-purpose hall, academic staff offices, lecture blocks, cafeteria, students public toilet, the university clinic, and the university central store.

Other projects, according to the Vice Chancellor, were lock-up shops, students’ hostels, senior staff quarters, junior staff apartments, water facility with 165,000-liter storage capacity as well as 500KVA generator, network of low and high tension cables and two number transformers. (“With all this, you can see that the university is up to the task.

However, the official had this to say in reply to a question; “ Judging from the above statement from the Vice Chancellor of the university, he made it clear that despite the facilities and projects, like other institutions in the country, the Federal University, Wukari, was not immune from the funding challenge facing the education sector in the country.

As for other critical areas that needed urgent intervention and support of the government include the procurement of classroom furniture, laboratory furniture, procurement and installation of library equipment and books office furniture and fittings for administrative and academic staff, construction of gate house and perimeter fence to address the security challenges of the new institution, as well as funding of the master plan of the university permanent site.

The above comments are enough to alleviate the fears of this enquirer and to report straight to the university; that is, if he is yet to do that.

Good luck.

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