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||By Abubakar Ibrahim

The need for unity among stakeholders cannot be overemphasised because it is very easy to disintegrate people with different views and make administration difficult, said the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman.

Abdul Rahman, who spoke when he welcomed members of the FULafia Igbo community in his office, said that relying on each other builds trust and team work establishes strong relationships among workers.

The vice-chancellor said that he was very pleased with visit of the Igbo people, thanking them for what he described as their “immeasurable contributions” for the development of the University.

He called on them and other members of staff of the University to eschew sentiments in all their activities, saying that: “We should consider our differences as our assets.”

He promised to keep attaching importance to the committees he established to help him in the administration of the institution, saying that the process of democratisation had begun in the University “and that can be seen through the membership of the committees.”  

Abdul Rahman appealed to the staff to be honest, hardworking and take the issue of development of the University seriously, saying that “we are all responsible for the development of FULafia.”

Earlier, in his speech, the leader of the Igbo delegation, Dr Chukwuma Okoli, thanked the vice-chancellor for carrying along staff, irrespective of their backgrounds, in his administration.

While commending Abdul Rahman for his work to “reposition our University,” Okoli said that the style of leadership put on display by Abdul Rahman has since “started affecting how staff work as they now do so with eagerness and commitment and we hope that this development will continue.”

Okoli pointed out that “every worker now feels like a valued stakeholder” of the University with the committees put in place by the vice-chancellor which drew their membership from all sections of the University.

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