BOWEN Varsity Honours Medical Student Who Won Osun Govt Independence Essay Competition

It was another celebration galore at Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, when the principal officers of the institution and academic staff led by the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Joshua Ogunwole assembled to honour Master Victor Adeyemo, a 400L student at the College of Health Sciences of the institution, who won this year’s Osun State Annual Independence Essay Competition, organized for all tertiary institutions in the country, held recently. Master Victor Adeyemo, a 400L Medicine and Surgery, won a brand new Toyota car as the overall best applicant in the competition.

From left: Vice Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, winner, 2021 Osun State National Independence Essay competition, Victor Adeyemo and Chairman, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities in Nigeria, Professor Timothy Olagbemiro during the decoration ceremony of the awardee by the university held on Tuesday at the university’s library.

Speaking at the celebration ceremony held on Tuesday at the university’s Library, the Vice-Chancellor eulogised the organizers, Osun State Government, under the administration of governor Gboyega Oyetola for such an excellent promoting and educational extra-curriculum programme in the state-organized for students in the country.

According to him, it is a welcoming development in the history of education in Nigeria, as it will promote academic excellence among the youths, boost and build their capacity, as well as motivate them to become somebody in life. In this direction, he said the Osun State government is thus putting money into projects and programmes that would build the future of Nigerian youths especially in the areas of science and technology.

He said: ”Today, we are celebrating another student of ours, Victor Adeyemo, who has joined other brilliant undergraduates of the university to make the institution proud in the academic world outside the university system. In the last three years, we have been in the vanguard of promoting academic excellence in the extra curriculum academic activities on the campus. Many of our undergraduates have won several academic awards and grant-aid in the last three years. We are boast of experienced human personnel, teaching and research capacities to produce sound mind graduates that can influence their immediate environments positively. Bowen University is a great centre of excellence where leaders are being trained, leaders, who will be Godly and be willing to pursue excellence at all times. Public Speaking is a compulsory course for all our undergraduates.”

“ The university is empowering its new award winner, a sum of 150 thousand naira in recognition of his excellent performance in the just concluded national essay competition organized by Osun State government. The money is meant for his capacity building for subsequent competitions ahead of him, at local and international. Levels,”.

While responding, the awardee, Adeyemo attributed his success to God and the quality of education the university exposed its students to. He thanked the university for recognizing his achievement, as he also expressed appreciation for the cash award.

He said. The workforce and the leadership of Bowen University culminated by the 21st century educational, skill and developmental training we enjoy on the campus are attributable to students’ performance at any level. We can compete with our peers at the global level, even in health science education.

“I learnt that we were not less than 702 applicants that enrolled for the competition for the essay national competition based on a topic; Unveiling the security architecture and daunting challenges in all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria and proffer workable solutions towards a peaceful, sustainable and indivisible Nigeria. The competition was in three stages, but God saw me through. Bowen taught me to be vast in knowledge. Though I am a medical undergraduate, the university exposes me to know something about everything. This is another secret of Bowen students’ academic success.

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You-Lead Africa gives Bowen students N1.6m grant for developing mobile app

You-Lead Africa, a non-governmental organisation under Dotam Group established to promote the growth of entrepreneurs in the country, has offered Bowen University students a sum of N1.6million grant to complete their mobile app solution research for public use.

Speaking at the Entrepreneurship  Conference organised by the benefactor company, held at Landmark  Towers, Lagos, recently,  the project coordinator of the body, Mrs Ozioma Okafor described Bowen University entrepreneurial education and skill development curriculum as effective and necessary to make students self-sufficient and relevant even at the global economy.

She expressed satisfaction with the high level the university exposed its students to problem-solving entrepreneurship education.

According to her, the grant was released to help the students complete their projects for public use as soon as possible, as she urged stakeholders to invest in student entrepreneurship projects to reduce the rate of unemployment while solving societal problems.

One of the beneficiaries of the grant, Joshua Ajulo, a 100L  student of the Religious Studies Programme in the university,  was given N1 million grant to complete his e-commerce mobile app, designed to address price irregularity and extortion culture among vendors on the campus. The app, he said would also help the university to generate not less than  N5millon monthly. 

Also, Oliseh Evans Chukwunenye’s group got a N.6million grant to complete their mobile app services designed to control Bikes and other activities on the campus. According to them, it would be ready for use within six months.

The beneficiaries of the grants attributed their success story to the entrepreneurial education that the university has exposed them to as a compulsory course of study on the campus, where experts in different professions were asked to train students on the rudiments of entrepreneurship.

Prince Usman Hamzat, the chairman of Ifako-Ijaye local government in Lagos, during the presentation ceremony, commended the efforts of the Bowen students and the university management in the pursuit of entrepreneurship. He encouraged the students not to rest on their laurels, but press forward to break new grounds.

Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ogunwole highlighted how godliness drives excellence in the university, and how it aligns with the values of You-Lead Africa organization. He emphasized the need for a strategic partnership to ensure that Bowen students get access to funds and mentorship to bring their ideas to reality. He encouraged participants to always pursue value addition wherever they find themselves.

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Entrepreneurial education should surpass shoemaking, tie-dye in varsity ― Bowen VC

The Vice-Chancellor, Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole has said that entrepreneurial education should surpass skill acquisition of shoemaking, tie-dye and other related vocations in the university.

Speaking at a lecture delivered by Professor Adebisi Adebowale, which was organized by the university, scheduled to mark the 20th anniversary of the institution held recently, Professor Ogunwole declared that an ideal entrepreneurial education for undergraduates should be more of digital education and soft skills empowerment.

According to him, entrepreneurial education at Bowen University, designed for undergraduates across all the colleges in the institution, is technological driven, which he said has made the Bowen graduates be self-sufficient and relevant in this 21st-century technological world. He added that skill acquisition of shoemaking, tie-dye and other related vocations should be meant for college of education students and not for university undergraduates.

The Vice-Chancellor in his address at the occasion, also, reemphasised that no private university that uses a public university’s template to run its academic and administrative programmes would survive in an ideal university system.

He noted that university education in this 21st century does not support the traditional /conventional method of managing the university system by reason of its failure to prepare students for tomorrow’s needs in society.

He said: “ At Bowen University, we deploy technology to execute academic and administrative activities, while our entrepreneur education is majorly in the area of digital and soft skill education.

“To meet the world-class standard, we are investing more in technology development, such that our entrance examination will be internet facilitated.

“In this regard, candidates can write our entrance examination at home, as we put in place online effective invigilators that will control examination malpractices while the examination last.

“Moreover, as an effort to cut away from the conventional curriculum, we are consolidating our technology endowment for professors in Diaspora to teach in Bowen University right from their various universities abroad.

“If we want to survive in the next generation to come, we must be at the cutting edge of the latest technologies for teaching and research in order to move the university forward.”

Speaking about the university community service to its neighbouring and host community, Professor Ogunwole assured the royal fathers that the university has put in place strategies to boost the economy of the cities soonest.

The visitor to the university and President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev, Dr Israel Akanji, eulogized the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ogunwole and his team for their efforts to move the university forward. He assured the university of the readiness of the convention to support the institution financially.

The Oluwo of Iwo land, His Majesty, Oba Abdul- Rasheed Telu 1, pledged his supports towards the physical expansion of the university in the city. He expressed satisfaction with the policy and management style of the present leadership of the university.

He asserted that Bowen University is a blessing not only to Iwo community but also to Nigeria as a whole.

According to him, Iwo has enough land for Bowen’s expansion. He promised to protect the interest of the university in the town, as he added that his palace would appreciate a mutual relationship between the office of the Vice-Chancellor and the Iwo community.

Speaking in retrospect while delivering the20th anniversary lecture of the institution, former Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Professor Adebisi Adebowale, attributed the 20 years of existence of Bowen University to successive good leaderships of the institution who were able to build on the solid foundation upon which the institution was established in 2001.

He noted that the university’s wide curriculum, known as Godliness, Excellence and leadership has been the driving force that kept the Bowen university functioning to be at par with other first-class universities not only in Nigeria but also in other parts of the world.

He then appealed to the present administration not to rent in their efforts to project the university to a greater height even at the global level, as they maintain and upgrade the core value of the university.

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Information on 2021/2022 Admission Exercise

This is to inform prospective candidates that the 2021/2022 Post-UTME application form will soon be out. However, to receive updates on 2021/2022 admission exercise please fill your details through this link:

https://admissions.bowen.edu.ng/prereg2021/

Thank you.

Kolawole Fisoye O.
For: Director of Admissions, Examinations and Ceremonies

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Starvation In Nigeria: SSSN Makes Case For Soil Conservation For Food Security Assurance

Nigerian soil scientists have stressed the need for land users in Nigeria to avoid all forms of destructive use of soil for farming processes.

Speaking at the 45th Annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria ( SSSN), held at Bowen University, Iwo, recently, the society reiterated with emphasis, that quality and sufficient food production in Nigeria is depended on how much we can preserve the soil nutrients that support commercial food production for the nation.

Drawn their discussion from the theme of this year’s conference; Understanding Soil organic matter dynamics: key to sustainable Ecosystem health and food security, the conference, opined that preservation of carbon in the soil is key to keep the soil alive in order to perform its functions efficiently well to human survival.

Addressing the participants at the opening ceremony held on Tuesday, the President of the society, Professor Bashiru Raji asserted that Soil management to ensure sustainable ecosystem health and food security is essential in the food shortage situation control in the country.

According to him, the carbon in the soil is an indicator for food security against climate change, adding that the knowledge about how soil could be managed to address the challenges of ensuring food security should be shared among the land users in the country.

While he enjoined the Nigerian government to find a lasting solution to all the forms of insurgents pervading the country, which are very inimical to agribusiness, he said the government should strive to take stock of its achieved progress in land restoration and collaborate with soil scientists in its bid to manage the soil for its sustainability as natural resources.

Society condemned in its totality, the excessive use of inorganic materials on soil with an intent to boost its yields. According to Dr Obianuju Orji from Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Soil can be made alive and can as well be killed depending on the ways it is being handled. She warned that soil nutrients are not easily replaceable when it loses its natural resource.

She said: ” With the current climate change in the ecosystem the deplete of carbon matter and sequestration, the more the carbon we can tie up in the soil, the less we have as greenhouse gases that affect climate change for food security. Most of the plants’ available nutrients are in organic form. A lot of our soil is depleted, as we continue to cultivate the soil, the plants take away the nutrient from the soil, and if it is not replenished it depleted. Before now, farmers used inorganic materials that are not healthy for the environment and soil’s life. But the trend now is using the organic materials as sources of nutrient to maintain a healthy soil structure.”

Speaking in the same vein at the occasion, the Vice President, Administration, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Deacon Musa, Ubandoma, who represented the President of the Convention, Rev Dr Supo Ayokunle, at the occasion, commended the organizers for the theme of the conference, describing it as apt.

He then appealed to the Nigerian government at all levels to increase the budget allocation for the Agriculture sector. According to him, the development would go a long way to address food shortages in the country. having controlled the courses of insecurity in the nation.

The vice Chancellor, Bowen University Professor Joshua Ogunwole, an erudite soil scientist, in his welcome address as the chief host of the conference, stated that soil is critical to agriculture and that it should not be held with levity. He added that organic matter is very important for sustainable soil health.

“The society would ever be ready to make its impact felt in the sustainable ecosystem health and food security process in Nigeria.”

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My family don’t go to bed unless I return from work — Ogunwole, Bowen VC

The Vice Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, tells OLUFEMI OLANIYI about his career, family and his plan for Bowen University

What are your major responsibilities as the VC?

Just like in any other university, as the vice chancellor, I am in charge of the day-to-day running of the university. The vice-chancellor has oversight on all units and their operations on a daily basis, so that whatever policy the governing council has agreed upon is implemented. It is also the responsibility of the vice chancellor to source funds, sustainable linkages and collaborations, both nationally and internationally. The VC is also a voice for the university and he is the leader of the team of professors in the university. The VC must ensure that curriculums for various programmes are up to standard, and he must lead by example. These are some of the responsibilities of a vice chancellor and the same is applicable to me.

What was your first major action when you took office?

When I came to Bowen University on August 1, 2018, the first thing I did was to declare that the institution was at an inflexion point, and think of how to exit it. An inflexion point is a point an organisation gets to and wants to move higher. Or, when that organisation gets stuck, or it’s on a downward spiral. Exiting that point means the organisation must shoot up. There are three basic things that must be done to exit an inflexion point. Firstly, the culture that brought it to that point must be changed. For example, if a company is making a profit of N100m yearly and it wants to move to a profit of N500m, such a company must change its culture that was responsible for its current situation. So, the first thing we did was to address the university’s culture. Secondly, we had to look at our product (students) and what we put in them. We knew we had to change our curriculum and look at different ways to make them better and to be at the cutting edge and satisfy market requirements. Finally, one must change the business model that brought one to that point. Those were the actions we took.

What were the peculiar challenges that came with the job and how did you overcome them?

There are peculiar challenges one faces in leadership positions when people don’t understand one. Some people may believe that one is moving too fast for them and some would want to see the genuineness of what one is doing. There are also some that would resist change. If one wants to move a university from an analogue phase to an automation phase, one would naturally meet series of challenges.

Another thing is that private universities don’t get intervention funds like their public counterparts. A private university must do everything to earn funds and use them judiciously.

Also, getting one’s students to buy into whatever reforms one is trying to bring in is another challenge. People don’t really like to change. So, people, whether young or old, would look at one with suspicion when one is bringing in reforms, and they would resist one.

How did you overcome the challenges?

When one is bringing reforms, one must keep communicating at every level. The first thing we did was to concentrate on our students. There is no student in Bowen University who does not have the telephone number of the VC. Students send messages. They call to express themselves about any issue and make requests. Also, one should not put any barrier between one and the students. Here, my students call me ‘team leader’ or ‘coach’. Here, nobody is seen as a God-figure that cannot be approached.

We have also introduced programmes that can enliven the students. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a basketball match between the students and the VC and his team. Of course, we knew that the students would defeat us.

We also introduced the concept of ‘one-day vice chancellor’. Students applied online to be picked, they sat for exams and we shortlisted them. We shortlisted them to about 10 and each of them gave talks on different topics. At the end of the day, one of them emerged the winner. The winner was the vice chancellor for one day. He was taught for about a week and on that day, he started from the VC’s lodge with breakfast. He also toured the lodge and was driven in the VC’s official vehicle with the paraphernalia of office. He sat as the chairman of the senate of the university and engaged in other activities. This is a great exposure to the students and it builds confidence in them. At the end of the day, he would also sleep in the guest house. The next morning when he was no longer the VC, he got his cheque for the one-day job. The value of the cheque was the salary of the vice chancellor divided by 30 days.

All these programmes have been able to build confidence in the students and endear us to them. Also, when there is an issue, we quickly invite the student leaders. We would chat with them and share the programmes of the university with them. That way, we have been able to address several issues.

Do you allow unionism among the staff and the students?

The students have the Students Representatives Council, which is made up of presidents of various programmes, the executives of the Baptist Students Fellowship and hall leaders. The council has a president and a speaker. They run a parliamentary system of government where the speaker is a bit stronger. The students have a system similar to unionism but there is no unionism among the staff.

Some persons believe that public schools are losing relevance. Do you agree with this? 

Yes, I do. I came from a public university. I became a professor in Ahmadu Bello University, and I also served at the Adamawa State University for a short period. I was also in the Federal University, Dutsi Ma, Kastina State, as well as Federal University of Oye Ekiti, from where I picked this job. Looking through the years, I have observed that there has been a continuous degradation of public universities. It is apparent that this thing would collapse one day if there is no intervention. For instance, the hostel facilities  are almost nonexistent. What you call hostels in public universities are not places you will want anybody to live in. When we were in school, the situation was totally different from what it is now. When I was in school, a room was shared by two students but today, that same space is being occupied by six students. Overcrowding comes with lots of health issues. When we were in school, there was a cafeteria system. One would go with one’s ticket and eat good meals. Government was subsidising the meals then. That was why we could feed well with a ticket of 50 kobo. Today, students are better in cooking than the courses they actually go to learn in the university. Hostels have got burnt in public universities because students were cooking beans and they slept off. These are indicators that all is not well with the system and nobody seems to be addressing the situation.

Another thing is the incessant strikes, whether by academic staff or non academic staff. Cultism is another issue and when you put all these together, the resultant effect is that there is a downward spiral in quality of training in public universities.

How is the university coping with the problem of cultism?

I don’t think Bowen University has had any issue with cultism. There have been attempts to have a group on campus but they have not been lucky because the university has zero tolerance to cultism. When anything like that is sensed, anybody caught will be expelled.

Have you expelled any student for that?

Since I came him, no student has been caught doing that. We don’t have cases like that but when we see anything like cultism, we investigate it with all seriousness.

Drugs and substance abuse is another problem. How is the university dealing with that?

There is no university in the world that is not battling with drugs and substance abuse. When I came in 2018, we noticed this and decided that we would rid the university of it. We brought in kits to test the students and created awareness among them that drugs can destroy lives. On Wednesdays, when we have chapel programmes, we run it (the message against drug abuse) on television for them to see. We also send our guidance and counselling team on training to be able to interact with the students better. We carry out regular checks and anyone who is caught would face a disciplinary committee. If we notice that a student is an addict, we would rusticate such person for a year, so that they can clean up themselves. We also recommend various places where such students can go for rehabilitation. When such student returns, we take them back and place them on surveillance for another one year. If such student is caught the second time, they would be expelled. However, if we see a student that is a peddler, that is outright expulsion.

How do you tackle sexual harassment in the university?

Just last month (March), we hosted the annual conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria and the theme of the conference was on drugs and substance abuse, and sexual harassment. In Bowen, we don’t encourage bullying. We have a ratio of about 2.5 to 1.5 female to male. We talk to our male students that there are ways they can respect the female folks. If there are reports of sexual harassment, we don’t joke with such. We investigate and bring whoever is involved to book. We have done that to some students. We would even ask them to bring their parents. This has worked to a large extent because it has reduced over the past three years. The incidents were high when I came in but we hardly get to hear such now.

What do you think is responsible for examination malpractices?

At times, students can be lazy and after having so much fun, they are not able to study and would still want to pass. When examinations come, they would want to pass by all means.  Also, when students come from homes that are not settled, it affects them emotionally and impairs their ability to study. Such students may want to cheat during exams.  However, what we teach here is that if you fail now, that doesn’t make you a failure, you can still rise again and be successful. I think we need to let our young people know this fact very early in life.

What are your short-term and long-term plans for the university?

As regards short-term plans, we are trying to put restructuring in place so that subsequently, nobody would be able to take arbitrary decisions in academic administration. The university is such that you allow the four major institutions to thrive and you ensure that there is separation of powers between the Convocation, Congregation, Senate and Council. These are some of the things we are doing and there are policies put in place to ensure this.

Some people believe that academics don’t make good managers. Do you agree with this?

I don’t agree with that. As a matter of fact, I am surprised that some people think that way. Who are the ones that taught the good managers? Are they not the same academics?  I think it has nothing to do with academics but it has something to do with individuals. It depends on where one’s heart is. If that individual is someone who wants to amass wealth for himself, he won’t make a good manager. A good manager makes sure that laid down rules are adhered to. You may have individuals who want to make an impression. Such persons would want to do everything, even at the cost of personal sacrifice, to make sure that the university or organisation moves forward during their time. Some academics have branched into the corporate world and they are highly successful. It is about the individual, not the profession.

What are some of the most difficult decisions you have taken as the VC?

There have been two difficult decisions. There was one in early December 2018 when I had to close the school. I had to call a meeting of the Senate, and I called the proprietor of the school when the students were trying to resist the reforms we were bringing in. Intelligence reports were given to us that the students were about to go on the rampage and they actually started it. I had to take a decision to nip that in the bud. It was a difficult decision and a challenging time for me. Recently too, I had to implement the council’s decision of laying-off of some members of staff. That was a difficult decision for me as well. They were difficult times. But for the progress of the university, we had to take those decisions.

Do you think Nigerian universities have the manpower and tools to compete globally?

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Nigerian universities have the manpower but there is no enabling environment to display their potential. For instance, nobody knew that the COVID-19 pandemic was coming. We closed the school before Osun State even asked schools to close. We decided that we would continue teaching our students online. However, we had been doing online teaching for our post-graduate students before then. We have lectures teaching them from Australia, Italy and other places. When examination period was approaching, the challenge we had was how to invigilate the students who are in their various homes. We had series of meetings and started brainstorming. At the end of the day, we did it and the students realised that we were serious. We did not use anything from outside. The challenge came and within a short time, we were able to fashion out a way to continue with teaching. That shows that Nigerian universities have potential. However, the conducive environment for these things to emerge is not there and that should be the focus. The same academic from here would travel to other climes and excel.

Would it be right to say the Nigerian university system does not encourage research and innovations?

I would say we need to do a lot more. For instance, how many bodies fund research in Nigeria? Does Nigeria and Nigerians even appreciate the results of research? Does the country implement the results of research? Even when the result is displayed, do they care about it? We need to know the society that we are in. This is a society that celebrates victorious contestants in Big Brother Nigeria and would not celebrate academic excellence or innovation from students or scholars. The mindset of such society really needs to be reprogrammed and restructured. It is what you give premium to that you spend your resources on. I believe that Nigerians need to be worked on in this area.

How Is Bowen University different from other universities in the country?

Bowen is a Baptist, Christian university. We are more interested in the cognitive and affective domains of our students. We are different in the sense that we believe strongly in entrepreneurship. Most graduates of the school are doing very well. Last year, I was in Abuja to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Space Research and Development Agency and we went to a mall to have some ice cream. While there, someone told us that one of our old students was making perfumes there. We went to see him and realised that he was producing for export. Also, there is an alumnus of the university in Port Harcourt who is providing computer services for oil companies. He was recently invited to Silicon Valley (California, United States of America) and he is picking up a project there. He told me recently that the people there were amazed that a Nigerian could do what he’s doing. Our curriculum stands us out. Another thing that stands us out as a university is GEL.

What is GEL?  

It is an acronym for Godliness, Excellence and Leadership, which captures our core value. We introduced that to train our students. They pass through a series of courses from 100 level to 400 level. It is used to prepare them for life after the university. Marriage, leadership and what it takes to be godly are some of the things taught there. We teach them about outstanding leaders and what it takes to be one.

Also, the university is technology inclined. For anything we want to do that has relevance to the programmes of the students, we tell our contractors that our students must be part of it. These open up our students to know many things and it gives them exposure and expands their thinking. If we hear of innovations anywhere in the country, we pay to bring the innovator and his invention to Bowen so that our students can interact with them.

Are you thinking of using gas turbine to generate electricity for the school?

Not really in that context. We just got a transformer which we want to link to the national grid. But, we have a solar farm. We are working towards having electricity supply all the time. Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for space science. We want to concentrate on ionosphere and other parts of space. For instance, we can find solutions to some of the interferences that phones witness.

Have you always wanted to be an academic?

My interest to be an academic arose after my first degree. My then project supervisor is the current Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ivara Esu. His method, attitude and the way I saw Caucasian scholars run after him in those days caused me to be interested. Immediately I finished, a university encouraged me to publish my work. It was a great excitement to see my work published at that level and age and that made me to start looking at academics with a lot of interest. When I went back for my post graduate, it was like a divine instruction that I should go into academics. That was how I found myself in academics and I am enjoying it.

Who are the people that have made the most impact in your life? 

Aside from Prof Esu, there have been a couple of others. There is Prof Victor Chuddy, a professor of Soil Fertility. Another person I learnt from is my mentor, Prof James Ayatse. He was the Vice Chancellor I worked with at the Federal University, Dustsin Ma. He is the current Tor Tiv of Tiv Kingdom (Benue State). I saw in him how excellence and godliness can intermix in leadership and managerial life. I learnt a lot from him during my short stay at that university. He is a man that fears the Lord and I respect him so much.

How are you able to strike a balance between your work and family life? 

When we talk about balance in this respect, most people think about the number of hours, but I see it as quality of time. What do you do with your family when you are with them? By October, I would have spent 24 years in marriage. We are growing and the children are also growing. We share the word of God together every morning. No matter how late I close from work, my family would wait for me to come back before they go to bed. My children would be the ones to remove my shoes and socks when I get home. They would interact with me for at least 15 minutes before they go to bed whenever I go back home late. At every opportunity, we interact with one another. It is also very important to bring one’s family into whatever job one is doing. If they know what one is doing, they participate in it and see it as their own too. Once that is achieved, the issue of balance would have been addressed.

How did you meet your wife?

 I met my wife when she was a post-graduate student.

Was she your student?

No. It was the Ahmadu Bello University that brought us together. The university was on strike at the time, while I was a PhD student and also working there. When she heard that I was working at the university, we got talking. She asked me when the ASUU strike would be over and other things.

What attracted you to her?

One of the first things that attracted her to me was the quality of her spoken English. We first became friends and the friendship metamorphosed into a more intimate relationship.

Which other schools did you attend apart from ABU? 

My trinity of degrees—Bachelor in Agriculture, Master in Soil Science and PhD Soil Science— are all from the Ahmadu Bello University. I had my secondary education at Tafawa Balewa Memorial College, Kaduna State. I also attended the prestigious St. Anne’s Primary Boarding School, also in Kaduna State. I have always been in the north and I came to the southern part of the country in October 2016.

Were you born there?

I missed being born in the north. I was born in Ibadan but my parents moved to Kaduna when I was six months old.

How do you relax? 

There are many ways I relax. At times, I would listen to music while working and feel relaxed. Also, I take a break from work to read books, particularly biographies. I spend time on YouTube (video sharing platform), watching various things just to get myself exposed. I read magazines as well.

When I want to relax, I like to read materials that are outside the scope of my work.

How do you like to dress? 

I have always been a casual dresser until I found myself here where one needs to set an example to young people. Within three years in office, I have had more number of suits than I have ever had in my life.

What were the highlights of your undergraduate days?

People say that I was a bit notorious but I don’t know what they mean by that. Anyway, I was a young man trying to find himself and trying to do many things. I was very adventurous and I remember that I was a class representative for three years. There was a period we insisted on our rights, and I led a class to say that we did not want a particular lecturer. I had to face the dean and we insisted that the lecturer must be changed because he did not know how to teach.

I also belonged to the student’s union at faculty level and those days were adventurous.

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