Thursday, September 3, 2020

OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT

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On academic excellence – which is the be-all and end-all of our goals and objectives, the young University has started to make major waves among its peers and in some cases even outshone them.


We have a high caliber of Academic Staff (the team that got your applause at the start of this speech) who were able to obtain a 100 percent accreditation from the National Universities Commission of all the courses offered at the University without much ado. Our graduates, originally intended to be internationally competitive goods, have started to make us proud in line with our aspirations by winning awards at both national and state level. Only let me present the following few cases for lack of room and time:


Mr. Nze U. Nze – made first class in the Department of Mass Communication and received the Anambra State 'Best Authors' Award 2012.

Miss Cynthia Ovia – received a Scholarship Award for her postgraduate studies at Cambridge University, to complete an extremely excellent National Youth Service at the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja.

Mr. Nnanna Ukaude (a disabled person) – received an Ebonyi State Award for being the most timely to work at the State Government House where he made his one-year Youth Service, even though on the wheel chair. He was granted automatic jobs in the Office of State Government. To prove the good reputation of the University in the eyes of society, many parents and guardians now want their kids and wards to study with us, so that the population of our students is increasing at leaps. This academic year alone, 1,520 students registered and enrolled, taking to 4,050 (Four Thousand and Fifty) the total number of our students in 7 years.


Another big recent growth, which I consider to be an achievement, is the discovery at last of a Vice Chancellor with an outstanding potential, a Vice Chancellor who has started to create trust in the university, a bridge builder who has not come to be served but to serve, a leader with a focus and direction, In the person of Professor Boniface Iwuchukwu, a very knowledgeable, resourceful, circumspect, perspicacious and foresightful academic guru.


I am aware that, all this time, our inability (as fate would have it) to find a suitably qualified candidate for this very important office (despite our diligent search), has irritated members of the university community who are hungry for the right leadership, our friends and well-wishers who are genuinely concerned about our progress, and those on the other side of the divide who are calling for While this office has had to witness a change of guards at very short intervals in search of the ideal, and our critics must have had their field day pointing to the obvious danger of instability, which usually occurs with such frequent changes in leadership. But ironically, our honest intention was to actually forestall instability – the series of internal and external crises that arise from unsound leadership among stakeholders.


What happened in this regard (VC appointments) reminds me of the Lakota Indians' tribal wisdom story, passed from one generation to the next, that "Wisdom tells us that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, Buy a bigger whip

Threaten the horse with stoppage

Nominate a horse study committee

Arrange to visit other locations to see how dead horses ride

Hire contractors outside, to ride the dead horse

Harness several dead horses for speed increase

State that the dead horse carries lower overhead and thus contributes more to the bottom line than other horses do.

Or, if everything else fails, then promote the dead horse to the President

Fortunately at Tansian University, God has been so kind to us in virtually all our dealings with the wisdom of recognizing a sick horse, even before it actually dies, and dismantling it as quickly as possible. We have taken a cursory look at our journey of progress so far, and as much as we can not wish to become judges / adjutors in our own case ("Nemo iudex in-causa-sua"), I think we can simply take the position of the proverbial agama lizard, who, falling from the tall iroko tree, nodded his head a number of times, saying that he would praise himself for the feat if no one else did. If you doubt this saying, ask our forefathers, from time immemorial, from whom the story was originated.

If you find good reasons in your assessment of us – my team and me – why we should actually nod our heads, feeling accomplished, it's because we worked with a common and united spirit scoring in the same goal mouth, true to what Harry S. Truman said, "It's amazing what you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."


OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT


Despite the extent to which we believe we have run this race of nurturing a private university aimed at the best, this ambition of being one of the 21st century 's leading private universities is hampered by inadequate resources to fund our infrastructure needs, as follows:If you find good reasons in your assessment of us – my team and me – why we should actually nod our heads, feeling accomplished, it's because we worked with a common and united spirit scoring in the same goal mouth, true to what Harry S. Truman said, "It's amazing what you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."


OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT


Despite the extent to which we believe we have run this race of nurturing a private university aimed at the best, this ambition of being one of the 21st century 's leading private universities is hampered by inadequate resources to fund our infrastructure needs, as follows: Although we now have the staff offices ready, we need more faculty buildings to facilitate the installation of more and more academic programs and the involvement of more lecturers, especially professors, in managing these faculties. The Signature House is the most important of the buildings required, i.e. Chamber of the senates.

Much remains to be done in the field of infrastructural developments: provision of road networks within the campus, as reflected in the Master Plan, Power, Water Resources, Solar Energy – to be depended on primarily in view of the country's epileptic supply of electricity, and so on.

Building more Students Hostels is also a big challenge that faces us.At the moment students are being moved from the temporary site to the permanent site due to a shortage of accommodation at the permanent site.

As soon as funds are available, we need to provide infrastructure and facilities, as well as the manpower for primary and secondary schools at Tanzanian University, because this would give a lot of relief to the University staff, most of whom would like to come to work with their children and probably go home together, for security reasons.

We will need to fence around the University Premises with adequate funds to secure ownership and, above all, to ward off external invasions and ensure a much better life and property. A fence around a university is a traditional practice, popular for its ability to help establish a noble reputation for such a university.

Sufficient funds are needed to help us tackle many other new challenges created by globalization and technological developments and the resulting changes in pedagogy, research and development. Therefore an international standard Research and Development center is also required to be in operation. And whatever rank or prestige Tansian University will attain in the future, how we deal with these challenges of today will be decided to a great extent.

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