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- On May 24, 2020
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The federal government as well as other stakeholders has been called upon to adequately fund the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) in Delta State to enable it accomplish its vision of being a specialized institution.
This call was made by Prof. Akii Ibhadode, out gone Vice Chancellor of the University during the handover ceremony to the new vice chancellor in Effurun; saying that the institution was under funded, and that he was able to raise the bar during his five years in the office.
According to Prof Ibhadode, “If FUPRE is to live up to the expectations of the founding fathers, government must rise above board to adequately fund the University.”
He added, “In every aspect of operations, the University needed fund to accomplish her goals, but paucity of funds marred our ambitious target at every turning. I sincerely plead with the federal government to endeavor to improve the funding of the University if the vision of being a specialized University is to be accomplished.”
Prof Ibhadode noted that funding had been a major challenge to the Nigeria universities, adding that, the development had hindered research into critical areas of work.
The out gone Vice Chancellor of the University spoke further, “Today, research institutions across the world are busy with effort to find solution to the Covid-19 pandemic while our own universities are shut due to strike occasioned by poor funding. I pray our government urgently reverses the ugly trend.”
The university don urged the federal government to galvanize support for the institution through stakeholders’ participation to enable it fulfills its mandate of being a specialized university.
He also urged the government agencies listed in the establishment act of the University to begin to take their responsibilities as enshrined in the Act.
Speaking on his modest achievement while on the saddle as vice chancellor of the University, Prof. Ibhadode has this to say, “I may not have met the expectation of some, but by our records, we have been able to etch on the marble of history certain actions that will continue to count worthy anytime.”
Prof. Ibhadode, however, appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the incoming administration to build on the legacies his administration had left behind.
Responding, the incoming Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Prof. Rim-Rukeh Akpofure commended Ibhadode for the great feats he had achieved in the institution.
Prof. Akpofure promised to build on the foundation laid by Prof. Ibhadode, adding that, he will drive his tall agenda with a vision statement, 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.”
High point of the ceremony was the official handover of insignia of office to Prof. Akpofure.