According to media reports, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has lauded the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Professor Adebiyi Daramola for his visionary leadership which has brought rapid infrastructural and intellectual development to the Institution.
The Executive members of the South West Zone of NANS gave the commendation while on a facility assessment tour and familiarization visit to the University Management.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Deputy Senate President and final year Accounting student of the Ekiti State University Comrade Oluwasegun Famuyibo said of the Federal Universities visited by the Association, FUTA was setting the pace in technological and manpower advancement.
He credited the Vice-Chancellor as the driving force behind the trail blazing achievements of the Institution. Famuyibo said FUTA has produced Student Union Leaders who have provided responsible leadership for the student body.
While passing a vote of confidence on the University administration, Famuyibo implored the Vice-Chancellor not to relent in his efforts in excellent administration and the training of future leaders.
In his response, Professor Daramola said he was overwhelmed by the visit. He commended the NANS Executives for providing quality leadership to Nigerian Students overtime.
Daramola said his administration will remain committed to purposeful and transparent leadership and is poised to showcase the modus operandi of a 21st century University.
The Vice-Chancellor further said that FUTA is undergoing monumental transformation because the management has upheld the values of probity, transparency and accountability.
Daramola said that FUTA is a training ground for developing leadership skills and that the exemplary leadership found in the Students’ Union leadership is a joint effort between the University Management and the students, adding that the University organizes retreats locally and internationally to expose the students to global best practices in Unionism.
He enjoined the students to take advantage of their present leadership status to equip themselves for higher roles in the society as notable Nigerians who have held important positions in the country started out as Union leaders.
On his part, Dean, Students’ Affairs, Professor Boniface Alese said the University Management will continue to partner with student bodies to exterminate all forms of oppression of students and also encourage quality service from staff to students.
The Executive members who came from the following Institutions: Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, School of Health, Akure, Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa and the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, were received by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Tunde Arayela, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Professor Tolulope Akinbogun, Registrar, Dr. (Mrs.) Modupe Ajayi, representative of the Bursar, Mr. Kehinde Oladeji and the Acting University Librarian and other officials of the Students’ Union of FUTA.