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||By Musa Ishaq

Members of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA), Federal University of Lafia (FULafia) Chapter, have described the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, as a reputable academic, good listener, problems solver and dynamic administrator who has enriched students in many ways.

The NASSA members said so through their outgoing officials who, recently, paid a visit to the vice-chancellor at his office in Lafia. 

The officials were led by the immediate past president, Comrade Yohanna Garba Enwongulu, who said they were at the vice-chancellor's office to present him an award for his excellent services, say thank you to him and introduce the new executives of the association to the vice-chancellor and members of his management team. 

Interestingly, the students, whose visit was unscheduled, arrived the office of the vice-chancellor when he was hosting members of the Committee of Deans and Directors of the University.

Abdul Rahman, not known to have ever turned down students request to visit him, as soon as he was informed of the students’ presence, asked them to walk in saying, “we are here because of the students.” 

It would be recalled that, on many times, Abdul Rahman called on staff to build excellent relationship with students, saying that without the students he would not have been appointed a vice-chancellor and no worker would have been engaged to work in FULafia.

Comrade Enwongulu said the vice-chancellor gave the University a befitting look, especially in terms of cleanliness and beautification and engendered a sense of belonging to the community among staff and students. 

"We would also like to appreciate the immense support we have been receiving from the University management, right from the time of our former vice-chancellor, Prof. Muhammad Sanusi Liman, to this day," he added.

Enwongulu assured the vice-chancellor of the association's readiness to co-operate and support his vision to make Federal University of Lafia a centre of excellence and place it among the top five universities in Africa.

He listed research activities, innovations, infrastructural development, compliance with ethical codes, security and safety of lives and properties on campus as the other reasons that interested students and made them to honour the vice-chancellor.

Comrade Enwongulu called on the association’s patron, Prof. Victor Dugga, the Dean of Postgraduate School, who was present at the event, to present the award on behalf of the association, to Abdul Rahman.

The award, presented in the form of a frame, was titled: “Distinguished Service Award to Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Lafia, a: Man of Paradise.”

The Vice-Chancellor thanked the members for finding him worthy of the award, saying: “This award is not for me alone but for the University management. Therefore, I am dedicating it to the University management team members because whatever success I have recorded for this University I didn't achieve it alone, there are people supporting me and we are taking the decisions together and we are executing them together.”

On his part, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idris O.O. Amali, who spoke on behalf of the management, appreciated the students for what he called their “wisdom in knowing the right time to come and salute the vice-chancellor.”

He recalled that Abdul Rahman “has started not up to 12 months but his wisdom, administrative sagacity and enviable leadership qualities have attracted appreciation from the University community and I pray that he will sustain the good foundations he has laid.”

The deputy vice-chancellor said that the management, recently, passed a vote of confidence on Abdul Rahman’s style of administration, adding that “Abdul Rahman doesn't hide anything from the management staff, including monetary matters.” 

Those in attendance at the event included the registrar, Dr Abubakar Mamuda, bursar, Mr Wilson Daniel, librarian, Dr Abiodun Iyoro, deans and directors.

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