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A new dawn has come for the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun(FUPRE) as Engr. (Prof.) Rim-RukehAkpofure assumes duty as the Vice Chancellor taking over from Engr. (Prof.) A. O. Akii Ibhadode in the first ever handover witnessed by the University community since inception in 2007.
In his speech at the handover ceremony, Engr. (Prof.) Akpofuresaid that the new administration under him will make the past achievements made by Prof. Ibhadode mere history with a very tall agenda he has set.
Prof. Akpofure disclosed that he would drive the agenda with a vision statement, thus, “To make FUPRE a globally connected petroleum University whose transformative research and teaching places the University at the forefront of leadership in energy discoveries benefitting to society as a whole.”
According to Prof. Akpofure, “transforming the vision statement into reality revolves round six pillars of teaching and learning excellence, active research excellence, achieve increased funding, attract regional/international facility/students, attract national/international academic partner and international and national partners.”
The new Vice Chancellor further disclosed that welfare of staff and students is of paramount importance to his administration, adding, “We shall, God willing commence construction of a University Auditorium, Convocation Arena, Senate Building, ICT Centre, new classrooms. Plans are on-going to construct Principal Officers Staff Quarters, Senior and Junior Staff Quarters, University Staff School using Public Private Partnership development model.”
While noting that he is aware of challenges confronting staff in the discharge of their duties, Prof. Akpofure promised that he will ensure that such challenges are surmounted to enable staff discharge their assigned responsibilities more effectively and diligently.”
He added, “I am also aware of a number of challenges confronting us in the discharge of our duties. For example, the near absence of power supply, unconducive offices, poor teaching infrastructures etc. Let me assure you that I will try my utmost best to put these challenges behind us as soon as possible.”
Reading a riot act to randy and would be randy lecturers, Prof. Akpofure has this to say, Let me strongly advise that management will not tolerate issues such as sex for grades and money for grades as these are worse crimes against academic excellence. Please stay clear of such activities, no matter your strategies, we will find you out. Offenders will be punished even with minimum evidence. Promotion will no longer be based on the attainment of three years on the previous grade but in addition level of assessed productivity.”
As he solicited the support and cooperation of staff and students to help actualize his tall dreams in moving the specialized University to greater heights, the accomplished academic cum labour leader expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, visitor to the University, Alhaji AdamuAdamu, Minister of Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State(Education), Prof. Shehu Zuru,, Chaiman/Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Akii Ibhadode, his predecessor and all members of the University Governing Council whose cooperation and cohesion led to the outstanding success of the selection process for the post of Vice Chancellor, adding, “ I want to express my appreciation to all for reposing confidence in me, I promise that I will not betray the confidence reposed in me. I want to thank Urhobo nation for their support.”
The coming of Prof. Akpofure as the fourth substantive Vice Chancellor of FUPRE has ushered in a new dawn of overall development and transformation into the University as there has never been a detailed handover note or ceremony by vice chancellors in the history of the institution since inception in 2007 (thirteen years ) ago. His coming in thus broke the jinx of smooth handover to substantive vice chancellor, with the success of the smooth take over; it is a sign that many good things would be coming the way of the University.
Reflecting on the grace of God over the ceremony, Prof. Akpofure has this to say, “Let me use this opportunity to reflect on the manifest grace of God for the event of today as this is the first of its kind since the establishment of the University since 2007. All the former Vice Chancellors of the University just assume office after the expiration of their successor’s tenure without any detailed handover note or ceremony.”
Prof. Akpofure then poured encomiums on his predecessor, Prof. Ibhadode for his numerous achievements in the five years that he served as Vice Chancellor of the University, adding, “I stand here to thank an academic icon, my leader and trail blazer and an achiever, Engr. (Prof.) A. O. Akii Ibhadode (FNAS) for duly laying a solid foundation for academic growth of this University and indeed as he leaves, the University is a stronger institution.”
Another good thing going for the University now that Prof. Akpofure is the Vice Chancellor is that the likelihood of experiencing disruption in academic calendar due to labour dispute of any kind is zero as he is a labour activist, a great comrade and one time chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), FUPRE chapter. This is a good omen for the smooth running of the University as the labour leader and administrator would bring his wealth of experience to bear whenever there is a labour dispute.In his valedictory speech, Prof. A. O Akii Ibhadode, out gone Vice Chancellor, FUPRE disclosed that on assumption of duty five years ago, he came into the University with great dreams adding that as he is bowing out, he did not fail God who brought him in as well as humanity.
According to Prof. Ibhadode, “I had dreams, great ones to dare to thread where people initially failed and to break limits beyond borders. Today, we are breasting the tape with lots of nostalgia that we have not failed God who brought us here and humanity who made it possible to serve in this capacity. We indeed flew high and we broke the limits, conquered and showed a befitting path of glory to others.”
Prof. Ibhadode further disclosed that the University is currently under funded by government and stakeholders, adding that if the University is expected to live to expectations of the founding fathers, government must adequately fund the institution to live to its billing as a specialized University.
Prof. Ibhadode has this to say, “The University at present is suffering from funding malnutrition. It is obvious that I met the University poorly funded; the issue of poor funding refused to abate. Therefore, if the University is to live up to expectations of the founding fathers, government must rise above board to adequately fund the University. In every aspect of operations, the University needed fund to accomplish her goals, but paucity of funds marred our ambitious targets at every turning. I sincerely plead with the Federal Government to endeavour to improve the funding of the University if the vision of being a specialized institution is to be accomplished.”
In a book, “A Modest Stewardship: A Compendium of Pro. A. O. Akii Ibhadode Tenure as Vice Chancellor, FUPRE 2015-2020”, the achievements of the out gone Vice Chancellor was chronicled in detail with the University’s participation at Eco- Shell Marathon Race (Delta Cruz coming out with prizes that made Shell to endow the NNPC/SPDC-JV Professorial Chair in Light Weight Automobile Engine Development as well as the passage and signing the Bill of the University by the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari.
While calling on staff, students and stakeholders to give their support to the new Vice Chancellor to enable him succeed in the task ahead, Prof. Ibhadode expressed his appreciation to God for the grace to complete his tenure, he also expressed his appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari,, the National Assembly, HRH Alhaji Attahiru MohammedAhmad , the Emir of Zamfara, Chancellor of the University, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman and members of council, management staff, staff and students, Urhobo traditional rulers in Delta state, Unions among others for the support given to him during his tenure that made him to succeed .