By Chris Yahaya
The Presidential Visitation Panel (PVP) to Federal University Lokoja has on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 interacted with the Staff and Students’ Unions of the University in order to get first-hand information and be kept abreast of the challenges facing the young and promising University, and also with a view to making strong recommendations to the Federal Government on how best to address those challenges and reposition FUL as an international and quality-driven higher institution of learning, not only in Nigeria but to the entire world.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Visitation Panel, Ambassador Godknows Igali told the Unions that they were emissaries of President Muhammadu Buhari, and that it was necessary to enlist the maximum cooperation of the Unions if the essence of their visitation was going to be realized. “We are here because President Muhammadu Buhari wants to address the problems of educational system in Nigeria, to see how the federal universities can be better, and how the Nigerian students can be truly certified both in character and learning,” the Chairman noted.
In their separate presentations, the Unions highlighted some of the challenges facing the University such as inadequate infrastructure, corruption, mutilation of staff allowances, among others. The Alumni Association requested that all best graduating students be given automatic employment in the University.
The students, through their various representatives, decried insecurity and infrastructural deficiencies and therefore, called for serious security arrangements to cover the two campuses of the University (Adankolo and Felele Campuses). They told the Visitation Panel to help secure the Felele Campus (Permanent Site) that has no perimeter fencing in order to forestall criminal activities, as well as help in facilitating the provision of some basic amenities before the students were finally moved to the Permanent Site.
Earlier during the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi commended the students for conducting themselves properly, adding that the Students’ Union had been a solid link between the Management and the students of the University.