By Gid Ahanonu
The new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, has vowed to address the backlog of challenges facing the students in the first year of his administration including water supply, electricity, hostel accommodation and other social issues.
The Vice Chancellor, who is the seventh substantive in the senes, made the clarification last Wednesday at his inaugural press briefing at the Council/Senate Chamber of the institution.
He noted that FUTO has been enjoying uninterrupted power supply for the past three weeks, promising that he would ensure eight hours of power supply from the national grid as well as enhance the quality of food in the campus.
Prof. Eke further assured that the academic department would be strengthened through the accreditation of the non-accredited programmes and the new unaccredited ones to produce employable graduates and employment creators in accordance with the mandate of the university.
He disclosed that under his watch, new programmes would be created, foundry technology would be revived, Information Communication Technology consolidated, skills centre equipped as well as repositioning the school’s farms for practical knowledge.
According to him, lecturers would be sponsored for research work while FUTO would partner with the alumni association and other professional and external bodies for assistance as he equally assured partnership with the university’s trade unions for amicable relationships.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that all avenues for internally-generated revenue would be run strictly on business line such as welding technology, agriculture, pottery, fishery and transport services.