From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Kogi Integrity Group has described the actions of some indigenous section of the state to tarnish the reputation of the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Prof. Angela Freeman Miri as a political gang up.
The group also stressed the need for people to always verify information before allowing their emotions control their conduct.
The President of the group, Zacheaus Dare Michael who gave the advice while reacting to misinformation making the roundabout lopsided employment alleged to have been done in the institution said after a careful finding, Kogi State indigenes were the greatest beneficiaries of the employment opportunity.
Dare disclosed that out of the appointment made thus far by the institution, 220 Kogi State indigenes were employed from the 300 so far released, saying, “for crying out loud, as a federal university, other Nigerian’s too have opportunities to also be employed in the University”.
According to Dare, the rumor making the round that non indigenes were the ones favoured by the Vice Chancellor was not true and described Prof. Miri’s travail as politically masterminded, adding that it was the handiwork of those behind the several written petitions and organized protest aimed at making governance difficult for her since her assumption of office.
He observed that rather than condemnation, Prof. Miri deserves commendation and explained that for a federal university, whose employment opportunities is open for all citizens of Nigeria, 220 employment opportunities already given to Kogi State indigenes from the employment so far made by the institution was a fair deal, and sued for caution so as not to create issues that may lead to ethnic crisis.
The group leader explained that rather than the erroneous impression created by mischief makers, the employment of the University staff was done by a committee , where two staff of the Federal Character Commission took part in the recruitment, and condemned the misinformation making the round that the Vice Chancellor single handedly made the employment.
He disclosed that the employment from available records followed due process, pointing out that the final list of successful applicants was released only after due diligence.
While wondering why mischief makers would want to sacrifice the Vice Chancellor, when evidences abound that she has made selfless sacrifice her watchwords in making the institution a cynosure of all eyes, the legal luminary pointed out that since her assumption as Vice Chancellor, evidences abound that Prof. Miri has been selfless, and has tried her best to reposition the citadel of learning to be one among the best in standard amongst universities in Nigeria.
He disclosed that it was a public knowledge that the Vice Chancellor inherited a University with dilapidated structure at the temporary site, but noted that the development at the temporary site of the University under her leadership has greatly improved as at today.
He explained that under the leadership of Prof. Miri, the institution has attained full accreditation for all her courses, and called for caution, saying, tempers and emotions should rise, as that would destroy the good works and reputation of the Vice Chancellor.
He equally disclosed that one efforts of the Vice Chancellor was her ability to get approval for the institution to begin Master and PhD programs in the University, adding that these achievements were within the tenure of Prof. Miri and urged all concerned Kogi stakeholders to appreciate her good works as a way to encourage her to do more.
The group leader pointed out that through the efforts of Prof. Miri as Vice Chancellor, works at the permanent site of the University was at ninety percent completion, with a planned movement to the new campus slated for December this year.
While noting that aside improvement in infrastructure, FUL ranks top in academics, a feat that has earned the University recognition.