Thursday, 8 October 2015

Ex-minister, 11 Others Jostle For BSU Top Job

No fewer than 12 professors across various disciplines are contending for the post of Vice Chancellor at the Benue State University, Makurdi, which becomes vacant next month, when the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charity Angya will expire.

The Nation’s investigation revealed that the immediate past Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and a Professor of Science Education Nicholas Akise Ada, is one of those in the frontline.

Prof Ada, who lost out in the last race, told our reporter that he is optimistic to clinch the top job this time around.

“I am well acquainted with this institution as the immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of Benue State University and to the best of my knowledge, I served with a deep sense of humility, dedication and courage for two terms, between 2011-2015.”

Another contender, Prof. Joseph Fiase, who had his Ph.D in Nuclear Physics from Manchester University in United Kingdom in 1988, said if given an opportunity, he would instill discipline in students who, according to him, should graduate with acceptable conduct.

“My vision is to provide a strong, purposeful, dynamic and visionary leadership to run the affairs of the university, to provide a well focused, innovative approach fully backed by a strong ICT (Information and Communications Technology) infrastructure that will reposition the university as centre of excellence and make it a world player in teaching, learning and research”. I intend to make Benue State University, Makurdi a first choice in Nigeria and Africa and to be among the top 200 universities in the world,” Fiase said.

Revealing his vision for the university if appointed as vice chancellor, Joseph Kerker, a professor of Ethics, vowed to establish more faculties, departments and units that would collectively work for the system. He promised to facilitate the use of vehicles not only for deans and directors, but also heads of departments.

Kerker told our reporter that he aimed to move workers in the institution away from the civil service training mentality, to a more professional and skill-oriented, all geared towards producing graduates that are self employed.

Others in the race are: Peter Ortese, a professor of Counseling Psychology in the university; Armstrong Adejo, a professor of Diplomatic History, as well as Prof. Julius Ashiko who is the DVC (Administration) of the university.

Others are: Francis Wegh, a professsor of Religion and Philosophy and Targema Iorvaa, a professor of Health Education.

The immediate past vice chancellor of the university, Paul Akase Sorkar, described all contestants as qualified. He, however, cautioned that Angya’s successor must possess integrity and should be appointed by merit as his expertise would count in moving the institution to a greater height.

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