“FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LOKOJA IS COMING OF AGE:”
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY
THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROFESSOR OLAYEMI AKINWUMI ON THE OCCASION OF THE
INAUGURATION OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL
SCIENCES PROGRAMME IN THE UNIVERSITY HELD ON FRIDAY, 28TH MAY, 2021
AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER, ADANKOLO CAMPUS
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
it is with an elated heart that I stand before this distinguished gathering
today to usher in a new dawn in the history of our dear University, the Federal
University Lokoja. A new dawn indeed, when we will witness the beginning of the
actualization of one of the dreams we have nurtured to lead FUL to an enviable
I am happy to report that Senate at
its 61st (Special) Meeting that took place on Thursday, 27th
May, 2021 considered and approved the Establishment of Medicine and Engineering
Programmes in the Federal University Lokoja.
Today, the University is kick-starting
the actualization of the Establishment of the Medical Sciences Programme in
earnest by inaugurating a steering Committee to start the groundwork for the
commencement of the Programme.
I want to use this occasion to
express the appreciation of the Senate, Management and indeed, the whole
University to our two Co-ordinators who have been invited to put in place all
that will be needed to successfully ensure the establishment of the Programmes
of Medicine and Engineering.
Their exciting presentations to
Senate yesterday 27th May, 2021 confirm the confidence the
University reposes in them to carry out these onerous assignments assiduously,
to the best of their abilities to the envy of other Universities in Nigeria who
may be expected to see the two Programmes in FUL as models worthy of emulation
I, therefore, want to again thank
Professor Mike Ogirima of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria who will take charge
of Medicine, and Professor Abdullateef Onundi of the University of Maiduguri
who will be in charge of the Engineering Programme.
For today’s inauguration, it shall
only be that of the steering Committee for the establishment of Medical
Sciences Programme with the following membership and terms of reference.
Membership of the Steering
Committee for the Establishment of Medical Sciences Programme:
1. Prof. Mike
Ozovehe Ogirima - Co-ordinator/Chairman
2. Prof. M. S.
Ajao (Human Anatomy) - Member
3. Prof. Wahab
Ajape (Surgery) - Member
4. Prof. A. A.
Akande (Chemical Pathology) - Member
5. Prof. F. O.
Anumah (Medicine) - Member
6. Prof. O. V.
Kolawole (Physiology) - Member
Ibrahim Adamu Yakasai - Member
Osereme Shadrach - Member
9. Prof. E. S.
Garuba - Member
10. Prof. Asalu - Member
11. Dr. Joseph
Ogirima Ovosi (Clinical Pharm. & Therapeutics) Member
12. Dr. O. O.
K. Ibrahim (Morbid Pathology) - Member
13. Dr. L. I.
Audu (Paediatrics) - Member
14. Dr. (Mrs)
Halimat Abdulraheem (Med. BioChem) - Member
15. Dr. Mary
Onoja-Alex (Comm. Medicine) - Member
16. Dr. Tunde
Alabi - Member
17. Mr. Usman
Abdulkadir Yakubu - Secretary
Terms of Reference:
To provide the Blue Print for the
establishment of Medical Sciences Programme in the Federal University Lokoja
through the following:
of requirements needed to scale through the Resource Verification as laid down
by the National Universities Commission (NUC);
the required Curriculum to meet the standard best practice for the Programme;
a model that will not put the graduates at a disadvantage if they want to go
on how to attain the minimum manpower/staff required for the take-off of the
Programme in the University;
towards adopting the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Lokoja as the Teaching
on any other matter that will assist in the successful establishment of the
The Committee is expected to conclude
its assignment and present a report on same to Management on or before six (6)
weeks of this inauguration.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me again
remind the Steering Committee Members that the reasons for the establishment of
these Programmes here in FUL, that were clearly underscored by the two
Co-ordinators to the (Special) 61st Senate meeting remain the basis
for saddling you with these assignments.
Let me remind you, distinguished
Chairman and Members of this all-important Committee that “TIME IS OF ESSENCE
BECAUSE IT WAITS FOR NO MAN.” Please strive hard to tackle the assignment as
urgently as practicable. FUL cannot wait any longer to commence this programme
so as to COME OF AGE.
May the Almighty God grant you the
wherewithal to carry out this all-important assignment successfully for the
uplift of our dear University, the Federal University Lokoja.
On this note, I hereby, officially
inaugurate the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Medical Sciences
Programme in the Federal University Lokoja.
Thank you all for coming and God
Professor Olayemi Akinwumi