The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Gashu’a (FUG) in Yobe state, Professor Andrew Haruna has said that his vision for the university is to provide credible and viable leadership that will nurture a university of high international standard, so that it will attain all-round quality and be rated among the best in the world.
Professor Haruna disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in his office at Gashu’a.
Federal University Gashu’a is situated on an expansive land surrounded by men and women who are ready and willing to engage in farming activities about 180 km from Damaturu, the state capital.
Speaking on the ongoing development in the institution, the VC said “with the support of the Senate Council and the cooperation of all staff, we will build and sustain excellence in teaching and research in the university.”
He revealed that ongoing physical developmental projects will be completed and additional ones initiated, as well as ensuring optimal utilization and proper maintenance of all existing physical structures.
“More lecture theatres, classrooms and laboratories will be built thus encouraging the support for departments and facilities to break large classes into smaller ones to create the right atmosphere for effective teaching and learning,” he said.
He maintained that the university will negotiate with the government and relevant security agencies in order to secure and maintain peace in the campus especially with the present activities of insurgents in the neighbourhoods.
The Vice Chancellor said the university has to raise money, chair endowment launchings, provide funds for professors to conduct researches, publish books and address various challenges confronting the immediate community, adding that these are the main purposes for the existence of the university in this part of the country.
Professor Haruna said: “Industry synergy is part of the university’s relevance to the community and depends on strong Research and Development (R and D) efforts. There is also a strong indication that the Buhari administration would invest greatly in infrastructural development to provide an enabling environment for viable industrial activities.
“Under my administration, we shall equip our laboratories. Studies and workshops will be encouraged to service industries in their efforts for raw materials, processing capabilities and effluents treatment methodologies, this research would be a good source of financial income for the university.
“We will focus our agricultural research on the needs of farmers in the immediate community; this will not only boost our agricultural research capabilities but also empower the host community as they watch their farmland develop through the application of modern method he added.
From Yahaya Wakili, Damaturu