BY DAVID DARI

If Napoleon is celebrated as one of the funders and pillars of the modern Europe in view of his remarkable contributions and stride towards the transformation of the place, then Professor Sulaiman Bala Mohammed is also a veritable spring board in the present efforts towards taking or making the Nasarawa State’s University Keffi a World class citadel of learning, research and academic excellence in the 21st Century given the zeal and determinations he has presently put in place in that regards.

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Professor Mohammed

The Vice Chancellor who came on board in an acting capacity on the 9th October, 2018 and as substantive Vice Chancellor on the 12th April, 2019 have aligned his vision and mission with that of the University Land set for his administration the task of repositioning Nasarawa State University to become a world class university.

This entails nourishing a university system with strong institutions and organs; Council, Senate, Congregation, Faculty and Departmental Board, that operate on the basis of the rule of law and time tested principles of transparency and accountability adding that issues about admission, employment, promotion, graduation will be driven by due process and transparency.

Other aspects of the system taken by the Vice Chancellor includes: ICT to drive teaching, learning and research which he is currently overhauling, fight against unethical conducts by staff and student including, but not limited to, sale of handouts/grades and extortion, sexual harassment by staff as well as examination misconduct, drug addiction, cultism by student as well as the judicious utilization of intervention fund: Tetfund, Needs Assessment and state government project to build world class infrastructure and the restoration of quality in university operation and public confidence in its services.

The Vice Chancellor has also taken a bold steps to ensure effective service delivering by old staff, injected doses of discipline, fairness and justices in the system as well as improve the Science – Art ratio of the university to gradually meet the ration of 60:40 for Science and Arts respectively through the introduction of Health Science and Engineering, while the collaboration and network with international and nation bodies, agencies, universities etc have made a considerable success in this regard.

To address the issue of infrastructural deficit, the university under the leadership of Professor Muhammed has established Public Private Partnership, PPP, and /or Build Operate and Transfer, BOT, scheme, and has already entered in to partnerships for BOT with two companies for establishment of printing press, hostel, hotel, filling station, and the printing press by Bar and Benchers Publishers is at advance stage of completion.

About the action plan of the university, the Vice Chancellor has reel out his action plan for the period of his tenureship, which has gone through the various organ of the University with modification that includes the improvement of infrastructural development, institutionalization of the university culture stressing quality research promotion of staff and students warfare as well as addressing labour related matter.

Also among the plan include meeting the needs of units, departments, centres, directorates, institutes and faculties, establish linkages with other bodies, improvement of funding, investment in technology solution for teaching, learning and research as well as improve standard and quality of academic programmes and addressing environmental sanitation and landscape through promotion of a green university campus.

Presently, the university has made steady progress over the years in the discharge of its mandate as it has grown from three faculties at inception in 2001 namely – Arts and Social Science, Education and Natural and Applied Science to eight faculties now including Administration, Agriculture, Social Science and Law adding that the university has also produce graduates who are contributing to the state and national development and employers rating of the graduates around the country and beyond has been positive.

Professor Mohammed

The university is one of the best public universities in the country and is one of the most subscribed state university by candidate as evidence in JAMB statistics although, it is a state-owned university, its staff and students proportion is cosmopolitan due to its proximity to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Another remarkable achievement is that the university has one of the best postgraduate schools in the country with programmes from all the eight faculties of the university. The post-graduate programmes are highly subscribed and the programmes are robust and have produced quality graduates for the state and the nation at large.

It also enjoyed favourable ranking by the National University Commission, NUC, as one of the leading state universities in the country. All the programmes of the university have high profile collaborations with a number of foreign universities as well as international and national organizations, for exchange of staff and students as well as institutional support.

Satisfied by the tremendous effort of the Vice Chancellor, the new governor of the state Engineer Abdullahi Sule donated a fire fighting truck, the sum of N70 million for  the perimeter fencing of its Lafia Campus as well as another N20 million for the take-off of it Engineering school in Gudi.

All these are apart from the support enjoyed by the university from the former governor of the state, Senator Umaru Tankor Al-Makura who has transformed the university to a modern public university by building access road, constructed hostels and classrooms, stood with university to a modern public University during her trail period and bailed out the University from financial mess during the prolonged ASUU strike in 2018.

Just like Martin Luther Jnr who in his great speech stated that he has a dream so also the Vice Chancellor has a dream that Nasarawa State University will emerge as a 21st century university and one of the best 10 university in the World. All said and done it can be seen that the Vice Chancellor has all it takes to take the university to the next level of development.

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