of Federal University Lokoja, Professor Angela Freeman Miri has bagged Sir Ahmadu Bello Sardauna Platinum
Distinguished Leadership Award as an Icon
of Educational Transformation in Nigeria. The Award was conferred on the
Vice-Chancellor by the National Association of Northern Nigerian Students
(NANNS), on Monday, 7th December, 2020 in her office at the Felele
In his address,
Comrade Ibrahim Isah Adamu, who was the leader of the delegation from Federal
University of Technology, Minna, noted that NANNS was a Non-Governmental and
Non-Political Organisation formed by students studying across the 19 Northern
States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with the prime objectives of
promoting peace, unity and good governance in order to produce quality and
reliable youths with good social and moral values across the region. In
addition, he stated that the Association organizes sensitization and symposiums
on key issues in the society such as drug abuse, rape, sexual and domestic
violence, and girl child education. The group also organizes training and skill
acquisition programmes as well as collaborates with relevant security agencies
in addressing the problem of insecurity in the Northern region.
further, Comrade Adamu noted that in the process of scouting for people who were
giving back to the society by rendering selfless services to students, the nation
and humanity in general, the Vice-Chancellor’s name was nominated and adopted
without much difficulty. He pointed out that the decision was unanimously
reached after considering the impressive recommendations of their members in
FUL and the public at large which was validated by the Association’s
independent survey which confirmed Professor Angela Freeman Miri’s
contributions to societal transformation, upliftment of education, youth
empowerment, students’ engagement and selfless service to humanity.
presenting the award to the Vice-Chancellor, the leader of the group noted that
the award was in recognition of her “astuteness, sagacity, uprightness,
diligent disposition to her duties with absolute fairness and accountability,
and above all, selfless service to the entire Students’ Community.” He
maintained that the sterling leadership qualities of Professor Angela Freeman
Miri as the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja and the exemplary
manner in which she discharged her God-given ability towards humanity were some
of the factors that motivated them to come from different Northern locations to
give her the distinguished award.
Comrade Adamu, who
described the Vice-Chancellor as a mother, tutor and mentor, said that they were
fascinated by her large heartedness even in the face of needless distractions.
He said that the award was a token of appreciation for her contributions to nation
building which was also a way of encouraging others to be more committed to the
development of youths in Nigeria.
reaction, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Angela Freeman Miri expressed
appreciation to the Association, stating that the award would be an everlasting
encouragement and motivation to her, her children and those she has mentored. “When
you have so much pointing at you and then you find people also looking and
assessing and seeing the good you are going, it gladdens your heart and
encourages you,” the Vice-Chancellor remarked.
maintained that the purpose why God brought her to FUL was to make a difference
in the young University which she had carried out diligently and dutifully. She
said that she had no other option than to give her very best to the assignment that
brought her to the University, saying she desired the best for the younger generation.
She added that if she had any skeleton in her cupboard, she would have long
been replaced as the VC of Federal University Lokoja.
Vice-Chancellor while highlighting some of her achievements noted that God has
helped her to take FUL to other parts of the world which made the University to
be known globally, and that she remained optimistic that FUL would go places
even long after her tenure. She stated that many collaborations were already
established with other Universities outside the country, saying FUL has carved a
niche for itself.
who expressed sadness that the northern region had become a theatre of
tragedies, commended the youths for their various interventions across the
region, especially in the areas of insecurity, drug abuse, rape, and gender
violence. She said she was excited that at their age they were already making impact
in the society, stressing that nobody was too young to make a difference.
In addition, the
Vice-Chancellor encouraged the group to be relentless in their efforts in changing
the negative narratives in the northern region. “Our hope is in you, the
youths. You must ensure that you do not copy the wrongs that others are doing.
Ensure that you educate and insulate yourself as much as you can from all of
these. The few of you can make a difference, don’t give up,” Professor Miri reiterated.
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