In the last few weeks, Federal University Lokoja (FUL) came into the news again. It is however sad that the new script smells more of conspiracy, not only against the new workaholic administration of Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, who took over the mantle of leadership of the institution as Vice Chancellor early this year, but also against the enthronement of
indigene in the university.
We in Kogi Youths and Students Federated wish to warn those fanning the ember of distractions, to desist without further delay as we are set to defend our own, with all the strength at our disposal.
Naturally, against the background of the existing factions and polarization of the school’s administration before the arrival of Akinwumi, no one expected a smooth sail for the Professor of History at take-off. However, the manner in which he hit the ground running, was enough conviction for the most cynical, that Akinwumi was set for serious work.
Not a few are surprised at the speed at which he was able to mend the fences of animosity within the institution. Many are already calling the humble Vice-Chancellor a magician, by the velocity of turnaround of the institution, in less than one year.
Like a bolt from the blues, he enlarged the scope of the institution by his establishment of two new faculties to bring the number of faculties to eight from six that has been, all through the years of existence of the university.
The two new faculties are those of Medical Sciences and Engineering.
Before Akinwumi came in, many courses offered in the university were not resource verified. He did not only cure these snags, even several other courses that he introduced this year, are equally in the process of being resource verified.
When Akinwumi assumed office in January this year, he met the Federal University Lokoja, on official rating as the number 8 amongst the 12 Federal Universities established on 16th February, 2011 and it was 78th in the fold of all universities in Nigeria. Today, FUL has moved up the chart to become the number one amongst the 12 new Federal
universities and number six (6) amongst the whole universities in Nigeria.
He recently moved the university to its permanent site. Only a true indigene of Kogi State will work for this university with such great a passion.
We will not tolerate external forces slinging mud of detraction on Akinwumi in order to bring our university backward.
Comrade Ambrose Ejeli Okoh – Coordinator
Miss Adesuwa Gloria Adebimpe – Secretary