By Gid Ahanonu
The Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Owerri has established a new School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) to train students in cyber security, information technology and soft-ware engineering.
This fact was stated by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, while briefing journalists on the occasion of his third anniversary as the 7th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university, last Tuesday in his office.
He disclosed that the institution has accomplished so many developmental goals since three years of his tenure mostly in academics and infrastructure. This, he said, was as a result of the maintenance of steady academic calendar and industrial harmony of the staff, adding that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited all their academic programmes since his tenure of office and are verifying the new department of Mechatronic Engineering for accreditation.
Professor Eze further stated that the creation of the department of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Development and Innovation was to facilitate research and innovation.
On administration, Prof. Eze noted that he has maintained open-door policy and democratic leadership style, that makes for dialogue and interaction with staff and students union as well as the host communities leadership for healthy relationship and industrial peace.
The Vice Chancellor further disclosed that his administration has priotized the welfare of workers by prompt payment of their entitlements/salaries, creating opportunities for up-dating their knowledge through Tetfund Sponsorship for postgraduate programmes and conference , adding that students’ welfare was not left out.
Professor Eze said that his administration rehabilitated a number of buildings and initiation of new ones. They include volley-ball court, 500 seats in the Bungalow, Hall 2 for Joint University Education Board, rehabilitation of burnt ICTC building for laboratory complex offices and its external works, and construction of academic staff offices block.
Others are construction of FUTOWA students hostel, procurement and installation of teaching equipment for all the eight schools in the university including laboratory equipment for the Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies and others.
Apart from the success the university achieved in the past three years under his watch, he equally pointed out some of the challenges confronting the institution as encroachment on FUTO land, hostile and un-operative attitude of host communities, lack of staff quarters, inadequate power supply, inadequate library and laboratory facilities including poor road network and hosted accommodation, among other impediments.
He then appealed to stakeholders and good spirited individuals as well as corporate bodies to assist the university in any form to overcome these problems.