The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has honoured the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Isaac U. Asuzu, for his high level of integrity in leadership.
A delegation of NANS, led by the body’s National Vice-President, Mr. Ogunkuade Tosin, was received by the Vice-Chancellor in his conference hall at Oye-Ekiti on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
In his speech, Mr Ogunkuade disclosed that NANS national body had observed the administrative style of Prof. Asuzu and had therefore decided to honour him for “meticulous leadership, administrative competence and student friendliness”.
Presenting a Certificate of Credence to the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of its national body, NANS National Vice President Mr. Ogunkuade encouraged the Vice-Chancellor to be “strong and brave” and to go on doing the good work in FUOYE.
The student unionist also disclosed that the body was on a “fact-finding mission” in FUOYE to ascertain the university’s areas of need in which the body could lend its voice in calling on appropriate authorities to address.
The NANS South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Asefan Sunday, in a commendation speech, noted that whereas some older Nigerian universities are yet to have many of their courses accredited, FUOYE, within a mere five years, already has scaled the accreditation exercise. Mr. Asefan applauded Prof. Asuzu’s policy of priority for students’ welfare as well as his willingness to allow NANS in FUOYE.
Professor Asuzu expressed gratitude to the student body for their keen observation and objective assessment. He assured them of the maturity of FUOYE students in their approach to the teething challenges of the young institution. He noted that during the inglorious staff protests, the students displayed a high sense of maturity and abstained from acting in ways that could have escalated tension within the university community. He described his students as very mature.
The Vice-Chancellor debunked harmful claims made in some quarters against him and the university management, reiterating that he could never sit on staff entitlements. He intimated the student body with some challenges facing the university, prominent among which are the problems of dual campus funding and inadequate physical infrastructure. He also disclosed that while the pioneer administration battled with the issues of location and ground clearing, some issues in staff structure were neglected which he corrected promptly through the recruitment of more teaching staff, proper staff placement and upgrading when he took the mantle of leadership in FUOYE.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor R. A. Omolehin, welcomed the student delegates, stating that he viewed the body as thoughtful in taking decisions and therefore was convinced that the body had their way of finding facts independent of anybody’s influence.
Professor Omolehin corroborated NANS’ recognition of FUOYE as top-ranking among her counterparts in terms of level of research (especially in agriculture) and innovation. He noted that FUOYE boasts a higher number of teaching staff and graduating students than a peer university whose convocation ceremony he attended recently.
The NANS Vice-President promised to present its findings to the NUC and Ministry of Education as well as that of Youth and Sports. The delegates were conducted round the university to ascertain the true state of affairs.