The Senate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure held a Special Meeting in honour of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola.
In his valedictory remarks Professor Daramola appreciated the support his administration received from all members of the Senate. He said he cherished the robust debates on the floor that brought divergent opinions and yielded to superior argument which helped him in taking appropriate decisions for the development of the University.
According to him, FUTA Senate got high marks from visiting Professors who cherished the trend of the meeting and how decisions were reached with issues maturely handled.
Daramola, one of the oldest staff in the University while comparing his tenure with his predecessors’ said his was the most troubled. However, he said he enjoyed his tenure and had no regret on any position taken.
“I give God thanks for seeing me through because mine is the most troubled administration. I had running battles with all the Unions except the Students’ Union who were my friends from my first day in office. I however, hold no grudge against anyone and have no regret taking any decision because they were all meant for the good of the University.”
He appreciated the positive roles played by the Unions at different times saying “opposition is good because it keeps Management in check”.
Introducing the new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape, Daramola appealed to Senate to cooperate with him so as to further move the University forward.In a brief remark, the incoming Vice-Chancellor who gave thanks to God for the achievement of his predecessors said
“FUTA made progress under your leadership. We appreciate your effort in internationalizing the University. You have really made FUTA globally relevant. We also commend your effort in developing infrastructures. The structures are there, even for the blind to see”. You also improved funding tremendously. We are proud of you.”