The Presidential Visitation panel to the Federal College of Education, Obudu met with the College congregation on Thursday, April 27, 2021. The Chairman of the Panel, Professor Armstrong Adejo of Benue State University, while addressing the Staff explained that its mandate was to come and see how the institution had pursued and actualised its own core mandate within the period under review, on behalf of the visitor who is the Honourable Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu.
The duration under review covered a ten year period, from 2011 to 2020 according to him. Speaking further, the Chairman of the six-man panel explained that a visitation panel is usually set up to look at the activities of Colleges of Education every five years. However, he said that the federal government was not able to put one in place to cover 2011 to 2015. As a result, the work of the panel would extend to this period in order not to leave any gap in the supervision of the institution.
To allay the fears of the staff, Professor Adejo informed the congregation that the job of the panel was not to investigate anyone, but a fact finding mission that would accurately report the situation of things in the College to the government. The panel, according to him would not be an instrument of witch-hunt and urged members of the college community to cooperate with his team.
The essence of the meeting with the entire congregation of staff of the college, he said was to get first-hand information that would help his team to do a fair appraisal of events in the College during this period. He begged that the staff should be forthcoming with useful contributions that would be helpful in this regard.
Making his own contributions comrade Aniashie Akpanke, Chairman, Colleges of Education Academic staff Union, (COEASU) F.C.E, Obudu chapter, on behalf of the entire Staff formally welcomed the eminent panel to the College. He believed that only men and women of integrity would be appointed into this kind of panel. However, he urged the Chairman and members to be fair in their assessment of both the College and her staff. Many other staff that spoke aligned themselves with COEASU Chairman’s contribution and also went ahead to highlight some pertinent issues in the system to the panel. As a result, the Chairman of the panel advised everyone to articulate their thoughts and present as a memoranda to the panel.
Members of the panel included Bar. Ebele Obi, Dr. Shuaibu Abdulahi, Alhaji Yerima Sale and Hajiya Habiba Soba.