The Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of Senate of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, has said that his Administration's Action Plan for the year 2023 would be ready for presentation before Senate in January 2023 when it will be adopted as a policy document for implementation in the promising new year. Professor Akinwumi disclosed this during the 74th meeting of Senate held on Thursday, 1st December, 2022 at the Permanent Site which was the last Senate meeting for the year.
In his address entitled 'SEVENTY PERCENT (70%) OF OUR ACTION PLAN ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED,' the Vice-Chancellor said that he was happy to report to distinguished Senate members that his Administration (which is still less than two years in office) has achieved about 70 percent of its 5-year Vision Plan for the University, adding that in the next year's Action Plan, his focus would be on areas yet to be given attention.
Speaking on the floor of Senate, the VC said: "My dear colleagues in the FUL Senate, you will recall that when I came on board in 2021, I unveiled my 5 years Action Plan for FUL. I am glad to inform you all that as of today, which is still less than two years of my assumption of office, seventy percent (70%) of my 5 years plan has been accomplished and or achieved."
The highly elated Senate Chairman who was filled with gratitude thanked members of FUL Senate for the respective roles each played towards actualizing, to a large extent, the five years Vision Plan of his Administration, noting that he could not have achieved that great feat alone but with their full co-operation and support.
"I, therefore, use this forum to express my profound appreciation to all of you for the support I have enjoyed this far and enjoined you all to continue to be part of the train that is taking us to a common destination that we have articulated in our action plan in the interest of FUL.
"My plans for 2023 will however be presented at the first Senate meeting in January, 2023. We will in the plan focus on areas we are yet to give attention to," the VC stated.
Earlier at the beginning of his speech, Professor Akinwumi expressed sincere gratitude to God on behalf of Senate members for sparing their lives and taking them through the hardship occasioned by the eight months national strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The VC recognized the fact that without the help of God, his human efforts would have amounted to pure futility, thereby attributing his achievements to the glory of the Almighty who gave him the needed strength, wisdom, and grace to pursue his vision for FUL religiously despite the challenges.
On the Resource Verification of the proposed Engineering and Nursing Programmes, the Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had graciously agreed to carry out the verification exercise with effect from 19th December, 2022. He, therefore, seized the opportunity to appeal to Senate members to avail the University of their maximum cooperation to enable the programmes scale through the planned exercise, reiterating that if they succeed, the University, the host Community, and indeed, the State would be the better for it.
Despite the protracted strike that crippled academic activities in public universities in Nigeria, the year under review was, however, quite eventful under the visionary and pragmatic leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi as FUL witnessed positive and unimaginable progress with lots of remarkable achievements recorded throughout the eight months that the strike lasted.
Although the Vice-Chancellor has already achieved 70 percent of his five-year Vision Plan for the University in less than two years of his five-year tenure, he has demonstrated that he will not rest on his oars, but rather continue to fire from all cylinders.
Meanwhile, the erudite Professor and administrator has also expressed optimism that the coming year 2023 promises to be more exciting and eventful as it foreshadows great things and presents a ray of hope for staff, students, and the entire University as a whole, more so that the Administration's efforts are expected to yield more positive results that would take FUL to an enviable height.
No doubt, great and exciting days await FUL in the coming year. Watch out! See more pictures of the 74th Senate meeting here