FUTO NEWS: VC INSISTS ON SCHOOL FEES DEADLINE, CREATION OF NEW SCHOOL (FACULTY) AND DEPARTMENTS, OTHER EXCERPTS FROM THE VC’S MEETING WITH THE STUDENTS.
The school management today 23rd January, 2018 had an “interactive” session with the students of FUTO at the 1000 capacity hall (HALL OF EXCELLENCE). The meeting was supposedly scheduled to iron out the issue of the “CLOSURE OF SCHOOL FEES PAYMENT PORTAL ON 31/01/2017” but other issues were also touched on. The meeting slated to start at 11:00 am began at about 1:00 am (Nigerians like keeping to time). Representatives from the school management who were present included – The Vice Chancellor, The Deputy-vice Chancellor, The Librarian, The Dean of Student Affairs and various HOD’s, lecturers and university staff. Members of the SUG council were also present as well as a multitude of students who made the building seem like a small town hall with insufficient space.
The management P.R.O. welcomed and introduced the members of the school management present and also initiated the reason for the meeting. The SUG president gave a short welcome address and then the VC’s address followed. The VC Professor F. C. Eze expressed his gratitude to the students for coming around for the session. He admonished the students to focus on their studies as it was the main reason for being admitted into the institution. He also promised to make the school as academically conducive as possible as it was one of his priorities. He also called out those who were spreading false and indicting news about the school, stating various achievements and things to be proud of that weren’t as publicized as much as other bad/false happenings about the institution.
The VC addressed the issue of the closure of the school fees portal, insisting on the validity of the deadline – 31st January, 2018. He stated the universities’ lack of funds and the urgency of issues to be addressed as the reason for this decision. He also stated that this was what obtainable in other institutions – school fees deadlines that is. The implication of not meeting up with the school fees deadline was that subsequent fees paid after the deadline was going to attract a “LATE PAYMENT LEVY”. We’re thinking it would be about N10,000 naira (ten thousand naira). The floor was then opened to students to ask their various questions and make their various suggestions. We’ll be listing some of the issues touched on and the VC’s take on them.
The Issue of Wi-Fi
The non-existence of Wi-Fi facilities in an institution which is tagged a “FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY” was raised as a very disturbing issue in the meeting. The VC stated the resolution of the Wi-Fi issue as one of the primary objectives of his administration. He promised to tackle the Wi-Fi problem as well as other ICT related matters. Shuttle Bus Routes and Programming A student raised the issue of the shuttle bus routes. Stating that the shuttle bus usually took a lot of time to get students to their destination because it usually drove around other routes to drop off other students before heading towards a steady and forward movement. The student suggested that the shuttles be programmed to go through various specific routes so that students can get to their destinations faster without touring round the school. The VC was in support of the students’ suggestion and stated that he would direct the appropriate departments of the administration to tackle the issue. School fees increment and not seeing the result of the increments One of the students given an opportunity to raise an issue talked about a supposed increment in the amount of school fees to be paid. The student stated that the school fees were increasing meanwhile there was almost nothing to show for/justify the increment. The VC denied the increment of the school fees and incited the students to confirm this by checking the relevant sources. The issue of jam-packed lecture halls A student also raised the issue of jam-packed lecture halls. The student complained that many departments consisting of a multitude of students were forced to take lectures in inadequately sized lecture halls causing suffocation, gross levels of discomfort, inability to hear lecturers and a poor lecture experience generally. The VC addressed the issue by calling out all the deans of the various faculties to split up the departments and reschedule the lecture times to accommodate for convenient lectures. He stated that this normally shouldn’t be an issue as the university had “enough” lecture halls. The floor was only opened to about four students consisting of two males and two females. The VC during the course of his speech also made mention of some highlights which we saved for the last part of this report. Some of them were:
The creation of a new faculty and departments The VC, as a part of his commitment to improving the Information and Communication systems of the institution stated that work was ongoing to create a new School of ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The new faculty was going to include departments like Cyber security, Software engineering etc. He also stated that some more ICT-oriented departments like the department of Information Management Technology (IMT) would be moved to the new faculty. New and improved FUTO portal website The VC made mention of an oncoming new and improved website for the school. He stated that a team was actively working on the site and that a working demo would be sent to the administration soon. Shuttle system The VC talked about the shuttle system. Stating that the reason for the implementation of the shuttle bus system was as a result of the security issues posed by the bike men which he referred as “Ina aga”. He also stated that the university was not receiving any money from the shuttle system as opposed to popular belief and opinion. He said that the shuttle system was still in a testing stage where the transport company managing the system was still trying to determine if they were actually making profit from the system. The meeting was ended with a closing prayer by the dean of student affairs. These were mostly the highlights of the meeting.
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