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Friday, 25 September 2015

Benue State University VC Race: Meet Professor Msugh Moses Kembe, One of The 6 Finalist and His Vision

Today I bring to you one of the 6 finalist contesting for BSU VC, he is none other than the Dean, Faculty of Science, Benue State University, Makurdi,  Professor Msugh Moses Kembe. He has rev-ail  his vision, approach and expectations. I will post his CV in my subsequent post.

Benue State University, Makurdi,  presently has over 30,000 students, well over of 2,135 Staff made up of 769 Academic staff, 506 non-teaching senior staff, and 860 junior staff respectively. As a growing University in Nigeria, Benue State University wishes to maintain and consolidate its reputation for world class scholarship, education and research as well as for playing a central role in the development of humanity, Nigeria, Benue State and the local community. The University is currently actively engaged in major academic, social and infrastructural developments, directed at firmly establishing its place in the comity of universities globally.

The Six finalist who will be going through the final voting soon to select 3 name among which our distinguished Governor will choose  a VC for BSU. They are;

1.       Prof.  N.A.  Ada

2.       Prof. J.B. Ashiko

3.       Prof. A. M. Adejo

4.       Prof. J.O. Fiase

5.       Prof. M.M. Kembe

6.       Prof. T. Varvar 

His Vision
My vision for Benue State University, Makurdi, is “to reposition the University as an Information and Communication Technology-driven centre of excellence impacting on the State and National development by producing ‘cutting-edge’ innovation and training manpower capable of competing anywhere in the world”.
This vision is encapsulated essentially to attain the mission statement of the University which is  “To be a Centre of Excellence in creating knowledge and developing a complete person who is capable of not only responding to the cultural, social, political and economic needs of the environment but also setting the agenda for change.

My approach to achieving the mission and vision of the University will be to:
  1. Not visit drastic changes on the institution that can affect its age-long tradition.
  2. Undertake an institutional analysis to enable me identify the strength and weakness of the system.
  3. Overcome or reverse the identified weaknesses and sustain the strengths of the university system
  4. Develop a problem-solving but focus developmental plan (strategic plan) that takes into account priorities and economic realities of the institution.
  5. Phase the development of the institution according to the strategic plan.
1.     The creation or reinvigoration of the following units:
a.      Information and Communication Technology Centre
  • Strengthen the Campus-wide internet facility on the campus
  • Establish campus-wide intranet for easy sharing of information across various departments/units in the university
  • Institutional support for the acquisition of laptops by staff and students
  • Strengthen the On-line registration procedure by students
  • Automated computation of examination results and subsequently display of examination results on the internet
b.      Linkages
  • Effective liaison with relevant government and non government  agencies e.g. National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Raw Materials Research and Development Council(RMRDC),  World Bank,  African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions(ANSTI), Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation(NNPC),  and Electronic Communication Network(ECN).
  • Develop linkages with other institutions in the world on a programme-by-programme basis
  • Facilitate staff exchange programme and further staff development such as short courses and postgraduate degree fellowships.
c.       Alumni Relations Unit
  • Compile a directory of alumni
  • Relate with alumni by regular newsletters
  • Facilitate the creation of branches world wide
  • Involve alumni in the activities of the university
  • Galvanize alumni to participate in the development of their alma mater by championing funding from non-government sources.

2.     Infrastructural Development
  • Phase approach indicated
  • Every Faculty will have to be accommodated using the yearly TETFUND intervention f
  • Alternate electricity supply will be by solar technology, which will be introduced gradually as may be dictated by the availability of fund
  • Face-lift for existing structures such as cladding with brick materials and tilling are indicated
  • Campus beautification is also indicated with green areas
  • Campus roads is also indicated to be funded from non-government sources and capital grant

3.     University –Community Relations
  • Appointment of a university-community relations officer from the community
  • Establishment of a university-community relations committee

4.     Academics
  • An institutional analysis will be undertaken to determine the programme that will be the nucleus of the center of excellence for the university
  • Strict adherence to carrying capacity to facilitate proper management of student hostel and laboratory facilities
  • Incentives to staff to publish in high impact factor journals
  • Establishment of Vice Chancellor’s Honours list to stimulate scholarship among students
  • Attract high quality staff from across the country
  • Academic content must emphasize service delivery that can produce employers of labour.
  • Training and re-training of all categories of staff will be a compulsory undertaking for improved service delivery.
  • Each staff will be expected to attend a professional workshop/conference at least once every academic session for increased professional networking and quality delivery
5.     Cultism
  • The university must develop a zero tolerance policy to cultism
  • Intelligence networking between the community, police, SSS, campus anti-cult group, religious groups and other institutions will be undertaken
  • Engage students in group games by encouraging competitive sports such as ‘The VC’s Cup’
  •  Strengthen the human development and counseling unit
6.     Unions
  • Unions are strategic partners of administration
  • Administration must cultivate an understanding of trust with unions by demonstrating transparency in all endeavors
  • Agreed regular meetings will be a common feature
  • Open-door policy may be the panacea to a conducive working relationship
  • Strive to have a ‘pay day’ without incurring overdraft

7.     Sports
  • Establish sport center for students
  • Support to the staff club with modest sporting facilities
  • Effort will be made to identify outstanding sports men and women by organizing regular sport meets

8.     Waste Management and Sanitation
  • Private-driven management outfit under the supervision of the University Medical Unit is favoured
  • Outfit for cleaning hostels and offices(indigent students will be encouraged to key into this as they will be paid per work done)
  • Maintenance of grounds(students will be involved)
  •  Proper waste disposal
  • General sanitation of campus
9.     Corporate Image
  • Relevant today more than ever in a competitive world
  • Invite visits from Consumer Safety Commission(CSC), Nigeria Institute of Policy ans Strategic Studies(NIPSS), National Defense College(NDC), etc for study tour because these are the cream of the society and the high-level policy makers
  • Keep souvenirs such as plaques that carry the inscription “with compliments of the Benue State University Makurdi” for visitors particularly during convocations.

10.                        Staff Welfare
  • It is necessary to increase staff commitment, loyalty and participation in the affairs of the University by:
  • Support staff to own their houses
  • Improvement in healthcare delivery
  • Ensure that staff participate in mutually accepted pension Scheme
  • Prompt payment of staff benefits
11.                          Funding
Apart from conventional sources of funding like grants from government/other agencies, TETFUND intervention, other funding strategies will include:
  • Sourcing from alumni
  • Sourcing from corporate organizations e.g. banks, NNPC, multinationals for buildings, campus roads and laboratory equipment
  • Solicit for endowment funds from financially worthy persons as distinctly different from development funds
  •   Investment in financial institutions as may be advised by experts
  • Appoint a prominent Nigerian as Chief Fund Raiser for the University..
  • Strive to improve on internally generated revenue for the University by mounting of short-term courses in French, Spanish, and Latin and also develop short courses for artisans in the community such as welders, auto-mechanics, etc.
  • On-line registration, admission and access of results by students
  • Make the University centre for national and international examination venue such as Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Scholarstic Aptitude Test (SAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE),  Graduate Management Admission Test(GMAT) and Pearson Test of English Academic(PTE Academic).
Expected Results
  • Improved infrastructure
  • An ICT-driven University
  • A recognized academic centre of excellence
  • A first-rate university that is recognized nationally and internationally
  • A university that is home to all
  • Improved staff and students

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