The new Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, (FUBK), Prof. Muhammad Zaiyan- Umar, on Wednesday requested the support of journalists for the positive projection of the institution's objectives to the world.
Zaiyan-Umar made the request at a media interactive session in Birnin Kebbi.
He said that it was imperative for any institution that sought to grow its visibility to embrace the press.
“I am aware of the functions the journalists perform, basically on enlightenment, education, entertainment and image-making as agents of various media houses.
“I believe any responsible institution that wishes to expand its visibility cannot do away with the activities of the press.
“It is upon this belief that I felt it will be a great disservice to the institution if I shut out the media, especially in covering the activities of the institution,” he said.
Zaiyan-Umar emphasised that his administration is committed to becoming the best beyond Africa but also in Western Africa by deploying all resources at its disposal.
The VC added that his administration is aware of the importance of the fourth estate of the realm (the press) as a vital stakeholder in transforming FUBK into a preferred institution within and outside Nigeria.
He expressed hope in journalists as dependable allies, whose professionalism would assist the university in earning visibility in the public.
“I must admit that in the course of eight years of existence of the university, the proceeding vice–chancellors were able to marshal the services of their subordinate, the management and council of the university in furtherance of the goals, vision and mission of the institution.
”I must commend their efforts for making history and ways in spite of the dwindling fortunes, in terms of finances of the university through their prudence, commitment, the academia to establish a system that is worth consolidating,” he said.
Zaiyan-Umar promised to add to the achievements of the institution by seeking its development through the utilisation of the available resources.
“This is why I say, I can not do it alone, we have multiple stakeholders that have roles to play in achieving the goals of this university.
“I identify the media as one critical stakeholder and I intend throughout my tenure to partner with you in a way to enhance the prospect of the institution, ” the VC said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zaiyan-Umar, took over from the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bello Bala-Shehu, whose tenure of five years ended
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