86 candidates vie to replace outgone FUL VC, Abdulmumini Rafindadi

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No fewer than 86 dons from across the country are vying to replace Prof Abdulmumini Rafindadi as Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL), Kogi State.

Rafindadi, a professor of medicine, was appointed along with others in February 2011 when President Goodluck Jonathan established eight federal universities across the six geo-political zones of the country, including FUL.

He completed his five-year tenure last week but departs officially from the university on February 16, 2016.

Of the 86 contending to replace him, six are from the institution, while the others are from higher institutions across Nigeria.

On the sideline of a send off organised for Rafindadi last Wednesday, the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Emma Bello said the issue of who becomes VC is the prerogative of the university council.

“There is a council for the university and it is they that will decide on it. There is no problem as to succession or who becomes VC after the outgoing one,” he said.

Rafindadi, who was full of gratitude to God for helping him complete his term successfully, said the objective of establishing the university by the Federal Government has been largely achieved.

He said during his tenure, he was able to secure a 750-hectare land space as permanent site for the school; completed the master plan, developed a five-year plan; got accreditation for all 11 programmes run by the school, with all the five programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences fully accredited, while the six programmes in the faculty of science have interim accreditation.

The VC however lamented that due to inadequate funding the school was only able to provide hostel accommodation for 20 per cent of the students and lacks many facilities that could aid conducive learning.

“Lack of enough structural development at the permanent site has hindered smooth operations in the institution,” he said.