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Abdul Rahman provides panacea for FULafia dev.

|By Musa Ishaq

Institutions can only prosper and realise the dream of their founders if those charged with their administration do so honestly and adopt collective management approach, says Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman.

Abdul Rahman, the third substantive Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), said so, recently, in an interview conducted by the Department of Theatre and Media Arts (TMA) of FULafia.

Abdul Rahman said that he administers FULafia in line with the institution's core values of integrity, innovation and excellence, adding that the values, if followed strictly, could place the University among the top five best universities in Africa.

Responding to a question on what he has attained since he became the vice-chancellor, Abdul Rahman said that he has improved quality and standards of both programmes and facilities in the University, adding, equipment were installed in areas where there were none.

He added that his administration has constituted the Students' Integrity Club to mould the character of students with a view to making them productive and trustworthy members of the society now and after their graduation.

He said that in the past, emphasis was placed on learning and certificate while "we neglected the need to mould the character of our students so that they can be good people by the time they leave this institution."

In the aspect of personnel, the vice-chancellor said that high quality can not be achieved if staff were not trained on best practices, saying: "This is why we put training mechanisms in place, and I can tell you that in this University, all cadre of staff, including management staff, have been trained in one way or the other." 

Responding to a question on the challenges he faced, the vice-chancellor stated that lack of funds was a major challenge, pointing out that "increase in the number of students and staff in the University has made it compulsory to have more classes, hostels and offices that can only be put in place if we have funds to do so."

He, however, expressed his optimism that the challenges, including paucity of funds, would be surmounted and FULafia would be placed on a sound development trajectory.

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