INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH FUTO STUDENTS MARKING THE 2ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR AT THE HALL OF EXCELLENCE ON 21ST JUNE, 2018
The Vice-Chancellor at exactly 2.39pm walked into the hall of Excellence with Principal Officers and other members of the management team and was received by everyone in the hall with a standing ovation. A short prayer was said by a student in the person of Onyegbuchulam Doris and after that, the National Anthem was sung.
INTRODUCTION: the University PRO Mrs Uche Bright-Nwelue did a brief introduction. All the Principal Officers were present including the wife of the Vice-Chancellor Mrs Egejuru Eze, who is also the President of FUTO women Association and the Managing Director FUTO farms ltd. Members of the 11th Governing Council, Deans, Directors, Heads of Department/Unit were also introduced and they all were present.
The Students Union PRO Mr Humble Nelson introduced members of the Students Union Government and Students Representative Council and also welcomed every student present.
PRESENTATION OF THE KOLA-NUT: The Vice Chancellor presented the kola-nut and a student by name Nwakali Ugorji Chigozirim a 300 level student of Information Management Technology prayed and blessed the kola nut.
SPEECH BY THE VICE-CHANCELLOR: The VC started his speech by welcoming and recognizing especially the Principal Officers, members of the management team, Deans, Directors, HOD/Units, students and members of the staff that were present. In his speech, the VC said that since his administration started two years ago, that things have not been easy financially following the economic situation of the country and that has made him be very prudent in the way he spends money and award contracts. He advised the students to make proper use of their time in studying very hard so as to graduate with a good grade. Also, he advised them to shun examination malpractice and other social vices that will land them in trouble in the course of their studies. Furthermore, he talked about online registration that it has been helping the school in checkmating the school fees payment and asked any student that has not paid his/her school fees to do so now that the portal is on. The Vice-Chancellor added that the school is improving in the areas of academics and that his administration has procured electronic smart board for all departments and schools for e-learning while internet distribution of optical fibre has been completed and when fully energized, will give internet services anywhere on the campus. He said a new school will be established which is Information and Communication Technology to make students very versatile their academics and also be in line with the current trend in IT.
SECURITY: The Vice-Chancellor said that due to encroachment from the host community, the management has gone to extra miles in providing adequate security by doing a perimeter fencing around the school which is taking a lot of money and that because of the complexity and porosity of the school more money is been spent on security. He went further to say that the host communities are making things difficult for his administration by not allowing projects like a Nuclear Energy Project that was meant to be sited in FUTO not to stay by chasing the workers away. He however on a sad note said that he has been receiving a negative report about Man O war members that brutalize students anyhow and warned them seriously to desist from such act or face the consequences from such actions on further report against them. He also advised students to stop destroying school properties like lecture seats and other things and also try in keeping the environment clean.
STUDENTS WELFARE: On student’s welfare, the Vice-Chancellor told the students that he is ready to listen to them and they should be making proper use of his twitter handle for proper interaction and communication with him. He expressed dissatisfaction about that saying that students are not coming up on that aspect. He said that Electronic ID card will be introduced very soon before the second-semester examination comes up so as to curtail examination malpractice. He said his administration is making plans on improving the student’s hostel as soon as the fund is available.
CONCLUSION: In conclusion, he thanked members of his management, staff and students and promised to make his tenure comfortable for all.
RESPONSE: In response to the Vice Chancellors speech, the Students Union President, Mr Humble Nelson thanked the Vice Chancellor immensely for his fatherly love and care to the entire students. He highlighted some of the VCs achievement ranging from security, introducing campus shuttle, improving on the Health Care by renovating School Health Services and Pharmaceutical unit, installation of street light and many others. Thereafter that the SUG gave an award of excellence to the Vice Chancellor and asked him to continue with the goods works that he is doing for the University Community.
REACTIONS FROM STUDENTS: A 300 level IMT student by name Nwakali Ugorji thanked the Vice Chancellor and spoke about examination malpractice. He pleaded with the VC to ask the examination misconduct panel to be making proper investigations and findings on any student caught. He said that there are cases where students are innocent but are punished wrongly for an offence they know nothing about. The second person Miss Chioma pleaded with the VC to come to their aid saying that the toilet facilities in the hostels are in bad condition. The third person, Miss Chidinma talked on the SUG ID card as well as public address system in the classroom. The fourth person that spoke Mr Paschal pleaded with VC that the learning condition of the Hall of Mercy is deplorable and needs urgent attention.
VOTE OF THANKS: Vote of thanks was done by the speaker house of parliament, Hon. Frank Samuel Chigoziem. He urged his fellow students to worthy students and shun social vices. Lastly, he thanked the Vice Chancellor and members of his management team.
CLOSING PRAYER: the closing prayer was said by my Mr Emeka Aneke.