DOYEN GIVES TIPS ON EFFECTIVE UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION
One of the pillars and foremost Administrators of the Nigerian University System and Pioneer Registrar of the former Ondo State University, Ado Ekiti, Chief (Dr.) Oladeji Adegbite has advised University Administrators to be hardworking and painstaking in the delivery of their administrative duties. Speaking during an interactive session organized by the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), FUTA Chapter, the doyen expounded the totality of his experience as a University Administrator and Registrar, chronicling numerous spontaneous experiences and relative responses as a guide for current Administrators. Dr. Adegbite encouraged Administrators to be disciplined and take due responsibility over matters handed over to them. He emphasized the need for Administrators to stay on top of their game by knowing their onions and delivering results to time. The Veteran also stressed that an Administrator who will make it in the changing phase of the University System has to be bold, firm and courageous, noting that due diligence and perseverance were recipes for recognition. He urged Administrators not to take the ‘back seat’ but present themselves as relevant to the System in order to compete favourably.
In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape who was ecstatic to have the doyen in FUTA noted that the University System generally needed an overhauling. He recalled the conducive atmosphere under which Universities had functioned in the past, hence praised the effort of the Registrar and ANUPA for inviting an old hand to share experiences with a view to reshaping the System. He hoped that more effort will be made to reach out to other categories of staff in the University for Quality Assurance.
Earlier, the Registrar, Mr. Richard Arifalo explained that the intervention of inviting Registry eggheads to interact with Senior Administrators of the University is to allow mentorship from the experience of administrative giants who have experienced the apex thrive over time to affect service delivery. Arifalo noted that experience, no matter how little cannot be bought in the market nor read off books hence, the need to interact. He called on FUTA Administrators to imbibe with care, experiences shared by the egghead for future purposes.
The Chair, ANUPA FUTA, Mr. Ife Oluwole, while delivering his speech emphasized that the forum being the first, was for capacity building to expose members to extant rules and regulation including modus operandi of the University system. He further noted that the interaction was aimed at providing insight for Administrators to tackle challenges as they arise, explaining that experience gathered can never be irrelevant.