14FEB 2017

Kogi State University: Governor Bello Sets Up Visitation Panel


The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahya Bello, has given the Visitation Panel to the state-owned university, the Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyingba, four weeks to complete its assignment and submit its report to the state government. Alhaji Bello said this while inaugurating the 8-man panel, which is to be headed the Former Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University and present Provost of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission Academy, Prof. Olusola Akinrinde, at the Government House, Lokoja, on Tuesday 14th February, 2017.

He asked the committee members to be faithful and carry out their work with the highest level of integrity. He said he expected the best quality of work given the professionalism exhibited by the members in their various fields.

“Of the eight people in this panel, only person I have ever met is our State Legal Adviser, Barrister Femi Adegboyega, who is from Lagos but now serves in Kogi State,” Alhaji Bello said. “I am a kind of person who gives people assignments if I am convinced they have the character and competence to do the work. Please, carry out your assignment with any fear or favour.”

Speaking earlier, the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Mrs. Ayode Folashade Arike PhD, said the recommendations of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on the composition of visitation panels to universities were followed to the letter. She said the objective of the visitation is to “access the general administration of the institution and the management of resources as well as to identify areas requiring remedial action for the Visitor (the Governor) to issue the necessary directives.”

Dr. Arike listed the terms of reference of the visitation as follows:

a.       To inquire into the level of implementation of the White Paper on the last Visitation Report, if any

b.       To look into the leadership quality of the University in terms of the roles of the Governing Council, the Vice-Chancellor and other Principal Officers

c.       To look into the financial management of the University, including statutory allocations and Internally Generated Revenue

d.       To investigate the application of funds, particularly the Special Grants, Loans, meant for specific projects

e.       To examine the adequacy of the Staff and Staff Development Programmes in the University

f.        To determine the relationship between the University and the various statutory bodies it interacts with

g.       Determine the ‘Law’ establishing the University, including the relationship between the various internal organs, units and officers and indicate ways the Law has been observed

h.       To trace the historical evolution of the University and take stock of its net achievements and problems

i.         To examine the general security of the University, how it has dealt with it and recommend appropriate measures to deal with it

j.         To examine the processes and structures of the mechanisms of discipline of students in the University.

Responding, the Chairman of the Panel, Prof. Akinrinade, thanked the Governor on behalf of the other members saying it was a privilege they would not be taking lightly. He said the likely outcome of the visitation would impact the direction of the University for years to come.

He said, “Properly utilised, visitation panels are preventive measures that assist institutions and their proprietors to take stock of their journeys, the performance of their systems and structures of governance and the various processes that facilitate the smooth running of an institution. The work of a visitation panel actually provides an excellent opportunity for institutions to engage in self-directed reflection and chart the way forward for the University.

“It is our hope that when completed, the report of this panel will assist the Kogi State University in moving forward.”

Other members of the Visitation Panel are:

1.       Prof. (Mrs) Ande Jane – Chartered Accountant

2.       Prof Yilkur N. Lohdip – Director of Academic Planning

3.       Dr. Ruqayyat Guri – Director, Student Support Services, NUC

4.       Barr. Femi Adegboyega – State Legal Adviser

5.       Arc. Tade Aimola – Architect

6.       Barr. Jili Dandam – Former Registrar

7.       Mr. Ajode Benjamin – Deputy Director in SSG’s Office and Panel Secretary