The Presidential visitation panel to the Federal College of Education, Obudu embarked on a series of courtesy visits to some major stakeholders in the affairs and operations of the College. The first in the series was a visit to the paramount rulers of Obanliku Local Government Area, Uchua Amos Uyimulam Item on Wednesday April 28, 2021.
While welcoming the august visitors, the paramount Ruler expressed joy that the presidential Visitation Panel to the College made out time to pay a courtesy visit on him. He informed his guests that the College has continued to witness tremendous development from a very humble beginning. He reminisced about the impressive contribution of the distinguished Senator Joseph Wayas towards the establishment of the institution when he was the president of the Senate during the second republic. Senator Joseph Wayas is an indigene of Obanliku Local Government Area and remains till date the acclaimed founder of the great College.
Although, the Bebi campus of the College which is located in the Local Government remains a satellite campus of the institution, the royal Father said that Management of the College have continued to accord maximum respect to the Chiefs and peoples of Obanliku Local Government Area. He noted with great satisfaction that the College authorities had always invited him to events and functions that take place in the College and equally consult and seek for his opinion and contributions on matters that have to do with the development and progress of the institutions, However, he also said that issues of progress and development of every institution have always been work in progress and as such the Chairman and members of the Presidential Visitation Panel should be urged to contribute their quota towards moving the College forward.
In his remarks, the erudite professor Armstrong Adejo, the Chairman of the presidential Visitation Panel to the College heartily thanked the Royal Father for welcoming his team to his palace. He quickly pointed out the glaring evidence of developmental strides in the Local government which he said can only be achieved by a focussed and determined leadership as currently exist in the area.
The Chairman informed the Royal Father that the Federal Government of Nigeria inaugurated the Presidential Visitation Panel to the 21 Federal Colleges of Education in the Country a fortnight ago the reason for setting up the Visitation Panel, according to him was to assist the visitor to the College to determine the state of health and levels of development of these Colleges. In order to discharge its duties efficiently and effectively, the Panel, according to him, is expected to engage and extract their opinion about the performance of the institution. He informed the traditional ruler that the Panel was not constituted to serve as a machinery for the witch-hunt of the College administration or any one indeed.
Professor Adejoh said that the work of the Panel would involve huge collection of information and data, He therefore solicited that the royal father and other stakeholders should endeavour to submit relevant memoranda to the Panel. However, he cautioned that stakeholders and members of the public generally should avoid writing and submitting frivolous and anonymous memoranda to the Panel.
The Visitation Panel also visited the esteemed and revered Uti J.D. Agba, the paramount Ruler of Obudu Local Government Area on Thursday, April 29TH 2021. His Royal majesty in the company of his two senior cabinet chiefs received and welcomed the visitors to his prestigious palace.
In a brief remark, the Chairman, Professor Adejoh expressed the happiness of members of the panel at the visit and the opportunity to personally meet with the traditional ruler who is reputed to be the longest serving Monarch in the whole of West Africa. He noted with appreciations the enormous contribution of Obudu people in the educational advancement of the Country. He also said the Obudu people are indeed hospitable by nature and pointed out that they have enjoyed an overdose of this hospitality since they arrived the town.
Nearly overwhelmed with emotion and satisfaction, the highly cerebral professor simply said “we shall report back to the government on what we have seen, but by and large, Obudu is a great place. Since we came, we have received maximum cooperation from both Staff and students”.
Professor Adejoh explained that the Visitation panel is meant to be a statutory fact-finding body that was set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to look into the activities and operations of concerned institutions. The exercise, he said, would cover a period of ten years between 2011 and 2020. As the leader of the de-facto host community where the College is domiciled, he said it is important that the Panel intimates his Royal Majesty about its presence in his territory and seek for his blessings and contributions towards the success of this important national assignment.
Speaking on behalf of the paramount Ruler, Chief P.J. Ekunke thanked members of the Panel for deeming it fit to visit the royal father. He noted the immense contribution of the College, especially in the development of the intellectual capital of Obudu as a community. He said that almost all the sons and daughters of Obudu attended the College and that it is difficult not to see products of the institution in all nooks and crannies of Obudu Local Government Area. He acknowledged the work of the Panel as a routine exercise through which the federal government seeks to find out how the College fared over a period of time. The Traditional Ruler aligned himself with the objective for which the panel was set up and wished the visitor well as they stay in Obudu.
Other members of the Panel included Barrister Ebele Obi, Hajia Habiba Soba, Dr. shuaibu Abdulahi, Alhaji Yerima Sale and Aliyu Ibrahim Ibrahim who is the Secretary of the Panel. They were accompanied on the courtesy visit by both the Acting Provost, Alhaji Ladan Chado and Registrar and secretary to council, Mrs. Grace A. Undie.