FUTO VC celebrates 1st anniversary in office

Activities marking the first anniversary of the tenure of the sixth Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka will be rounded off today with a non-denominational  thanksgiving service at the institution’s auditorium.

Speaking to journalists last Monday, the Vice Chancellor said a tremendous infra-structural development has been recorded in his first year in office despite what he called “some challenges”.

Among them are the construction of a new building complex for the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, furnishing of 1000-capacity lecture theatre for foundation courses, installation of solar street light in the campus as well as installation of a 24-chanel DVR closed-circuit television facility on the campus.

Prof. Asiabaka further stated that under his watch a centre for excellence for Advanced Material and Manufacturing Technology has been established under the auspices of National Agency of Science and Technology Infrastructure (NASENI), atwo 25 KVA solar energy plant have also been installed for additional power on campus.

Further, he said that  110 laptops have been distributed to staff for efficient  discharge of functions while a centre for Research and International Development (CRID) was also established adding that the university has been completely computerized.

The Vice Chancellor, however, noted that paucity of funds has led the university into suffering many financial challenges owing to the global economic melt down resulting into inadequate and poorly equipped laboratories and classrooms.

He further mentioned the encroachment into FUTO land by host communities which he said has adversely affected learning and research activities as well as expansion.

Prof Asiabaka expressed appreciation to the staff and management of the institution for their support and commitment without which he said, some of the achievements would not have been possible.

The occasion also features the 28th public lecture of the institution captioned “intellectual capital and technology management for Nigeria’s economic development: issues, challenges, and options,” delivered by the director general, National Centre for Technology Management, Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Willie O. Siyanbola.

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