The Vice Chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Professor Suleman Bala Mohammed, has set up two special reform committees to sanitise the academic environment and enhance the workers’ performance. Mohammed said that the planned reforms are principally targeted at creating a better learning environment for the students to make the institution a first class university.
In an interaction with journalists in Keffi, Mohammed explained that the committees would help his management introduce sweeping reforms after reviewing the performance of the Senate and the conduct of some randy lecturers.
He warned that any official caught collaborating with students to cut corners would be sacked and prosecuted.
Prof. Mohammed, specifically cautioned lecturers and non-academic management staff against engaging in unethical practices which could undermine healthy intellectual pursuit in the school.
Mohammed, a professor of political sociology and development, who was appointed the vice chancellor from the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) by the federal government, identified some of the problems facing the university as corrupt practices, sex-for-marks, financial gratifications from students, and cultism.
He said that the social vices were not peculiar to the university.
According to Mohammed, “there are lots of challenges that I met on ground even with facilities and some of these have been done wrongly. My first task is to correct these anomalies and to improve on accountability and transparency as well as ensuring that robust academic climate is put in place for the students to enhance learning, especially with the appointment of a new Dean of Students’ Affairs.
“Henceforth, immoral activities will not be tolerated from students and lecturers and we will ensure that lecturers deliver on their mandate by teaching well without resort to unethical conduct,” he declared
Mohammed hinted that the management would organise a workshop to address unethical practices in schools, especially in the universities, adding that “this will help us to educate the academic community about their responsibilities in ensuring that the environment is adequately prepared for sound educational pursuits and does not become a criminal den.
“I am here (Nasarawa State University) to improve and consolidate on the development processes on ground. I intend to expand the level of achievements and there are lots of things that require improvement.
“My emphasis will be on system building by improving on the academic culture and standards. We must ensure that the principles of accountability and due process are maintained and also ensure that transparency is entrenched to help us create a 21st Century university,” he said.
He charged the officials to call him to order when he goes off track.