“Some People are born great, Some achieved greatness, while others have greatness thrust upon them” These are immortal words of legendary Shakespeare
Former United States President K.F Kennedy once Posited ” Think of what u can do for your Country and not what your Country will do for you” like the illuminating words of President Kennedy, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi opines ” My Primary goal as the New Vice – Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja, is to add Value to the University which I feel is the best amongst the Newly established Federal Universities and one of the top 10 ranking Universities in Africa”
Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi the New Vice- Chancellor Federal University Lokoja, who recently took over the mantle of leadership of the institution, in his acceptance Speech said ” I promise to inject fresh blood and new thinking into the University capable of uplifting the Standard of education in Nigeria”….He also pledge to make the University a leading Citadel of learning in Nigeria and reiterated his Commitment to run an all inclusive administration that will ensure it’s rapid growth above other Universities that were established before it.
Erudite Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, a Product of the Prestigious University of Ilorin in Kwara State, obtained both Masters and PhD.in same University. He is currently a Prof. of African history as well as Stellenbosch Scholar and the immediate past President of historical Society of Nigeria.
He won Prof. Ali Mazrui award for academic excellence in Kenya. Other notable awards to his credit include, the prestigious German Alexander Von Humboldt( AVH) award, the Deutscher Akade Mischer Austauch dienst ( DAAD) award, also in Germany, the Rock feller award and the Bayo Kuku award by the Nigerian Academy of letters as well as a fellow of the Nigerian Historical Society.
Prof. Akinwumi rich pedigree, vast and immeasurable experience, as visiting Scholar in and outside Nigeria, coupled with his intellectual Sagacity have prepared him for this enviable position and Nation building.
In his quest for Knowledge, he as also sojourn to Freie Universita, Berlin, University College London and institute of Common -wealth Studies University of London at various times.
In the illuminating words of Brian Tracy ” The Key to Success is is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire and not things we fear” in this context Prof. Akinwumi in his Mission Statement, during his interview succinctly said ” I will share my Vision and plan which is built on ten focal areas,it will be shared with an expanded Management Committee and subsequently with the Senate of the institution,so that it will be adopted and truly own by the University”
Be that as it may, Prof. Akinwumi is an erudite and Prolific Scholar, with over 70 Publications in National and international journals interestingly, two of his major works are Conflict and Crisis in Nigeria : A Political history since 1960 and the Colonial Contest for the Nigerian region : is of the German participation .Both books were published in Germany and he has attended Conferences in over 30 Countries
However, Prof.Akinwumi having realised technological and technical Education are the new normal for holistic Transformation of our dear Country inline with the Change mantra of President Buhari GCFR, as promised to look inward in his quest of introducing the desire technological drive, when he posited ” We will Map and Capture all essential data for education, social and economic Services and repository of information and knowledge, in line with the postulations of Aristotle ” Knowledge is Power ” . Prof. Akinwumi stressing further said ” As digital natives,our Students will be equipped with Skills that will help them understanding the Science of numbers and how to use numbers to make decisions ”
Prof. Akinwumi, a Sport enthusiast and in his focal point, he promised to give Sports it deserve attention and priority, when he adumbrated ” Sports and entertainment will also be promoted vigorously under my watch. we will identify a few essential Sports and grow there participation, so that a national Champion in one of them will emerge in 3 Years”
Jonn Mason once said ” What u can conceive, u can actualised ” The intention of Prof. Akinwumi, a UNESCO Scholar of planting 10,000 economic trees in 1825 days of his administration on Campus in Federal University Lokoja is quiet novel and legendary !
In Conclusion, as Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi and his amiable team, set the ball rolling for the herculean task of taking Federal University Lokoja to the next level. I pray all hands should be on deck in supporting his lofty dreams and aspirations, geared towards the Common good of all, while having solace in the words of Walt Disney” All our dreams can come true, if we have the Courage to Pursue it”
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