By Sulaiman Achema, Lokoja

 

No less than 86 dons from across the country are vying to replace Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi as vice chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State.

86 candidates jostle to replace Rafindadi as FUL VC

By Sulaiman Achema, Lokoja

 

No less than 86 dons from across the country are vying to replace Prof. Abdulmumini Rafindadi as vice chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State.

 

Rafindadi, a professor of medicine was appointed along with others in February 2011 when the then President Goodluck Jonathan established eight federal universities across the geo- political zones of the country.

 

He bows out of office after completing his tenure as the first Vice Chancellor of the University.

 

Out of the 86 contending to the position of VC, six are professors from the institution, while the others are from across higher institutions in Nigeria.

 

Commenting on the jostle for the position, on the sideline of send forth ceremony organized for Rafindadi on Wednesday, the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Emma Bello said that the issue of who becomes VC is the prerogative of the university council, which according yo him, has been constituted.

 

He stated: “There is a council for the university and it is they that will decide on that. There is mo problem as to succession or who becomes VC after the outgoing one”.

 

Rafindadi who was full of gratitude to God for making him complete his term in office successfully, said objectives of establishing the university by the Federal Government has been largely achieved.

 

He said during his tenure, he was able to acquire a 750-hectare as permanent site for the school and completed the master plan, developed a five-year plan for the school and completed the accreditations of all the 11 programmes run by the school, with all the five programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences fully accredited, while the six programmes in the faculty of science has interim accreditation.

 

The VC however lamented that due to inadequate funding, the school was only able to provide hostel accommodation for only “20 percent of the students’ population while the school still lacks many facilities that could aid conducive learning”.

 

According to him, “Lack of enough structural development at the permanent site has hindered smooth operations in the institution”. 

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