The newly inaugurated leaders of the Students Union Executive of the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA, have been advised to be servant leaders in their comportment and service delivery. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola and Dean, Students’ Affairs, Dr. Kayode Alese gave this counsel at the swearing in ceremony recently held for the new leaders. In his address at the occasion, Professor Daramola who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development, Professor Tolulope Akinbogun admonished them to see leadership as a process by which a person influences others to accomplish set objectives and direct an organization in a way that makes it cohesive and coherent. “The underlying principles here are service, character and teamwork. Of greater importance is your character and the various choices of action or inaction you make while in office. Do not let your position get into your heads. You must be humble and approach every situation with maturity. The character you display during your tenure will show the kind of persons you are. Strive to serve others, even as you lead” he said.
Speaking on the challenges of leading, Daramola said “You must realize that your election as leaders of the Students’ Union will come with challenges. Note that your fellow students will not always agree with you, but you must work together with everyone in an open and cooperative manner to get things done”.
Professor Daramola also assured them of his administration’s readiness to impact leadership qualities in them. In view of this, he promised them local and international trainings as the culture of the University is. “We have consistently been sponsoring student leaders to attend leadership training programmes within and outside Nigeria for the past six years. I believe your administration will not be an exception. This is part of our resolve to take FUTA to a higher level of internationalization in scholarship and excellence” he said.
While speaking, Alese, popularly called Baba Ewe said “As leaders, the interest of the electorate must be of utmost priority. You must represent them and put aside personal gains. As leaders you must be up and doing. You must be responsible and exhibit leadership qualities at all times. You must be able to take decisions in the overall interest of not only the students’ populace but the entire University Community.”
Speaking further, Alese urged them to give the welfare of the electorate utmost priority and also abide by the rules guiding Studentship and Unionism. He also reminded them to avoid hooliganism because the University Management frowns at behaviour or actions that can project the University in bad light to the larger society.
Alese who also restated the open door policy of the Students Affairs Division, urged the students leaders to always intimate the University Management with their observations and challenges through his office. He promised prompt response to whatever issue raised. He also sternly warned them against students’ demonstration that can disrupt academic activities and elongate their stay on campus. “Avoid demonstration that can elongate your stay or even mar your future. Be responsible as future leaders. Management and staff are your parents, mentor, brothers and sisters. Relate freely with them because you have good lessons to learn from them” he added.
Alese also commended the University Management under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebiyi Daramola for prompt and positive response to students’ issues. Commending the Vice-Chancellor, Alese said “Sir, let me on behalf of the students appreciate your Management Team under your able leadership for your contributions to the welfare and wellbeing of the students. It takes a visionary leader like you to do this. The students appreciate all you have done for them and are ready to partner with the Management for the success of the Institution. You are a man of your words because you have said on several occasions that the welfare of students is a great priority to your administration. Students are ready to key into your vision to achieve greater giant strides.”
In a response, President, FUTA Students Union, Fowobaje Oluwaseun said ”We shall stand to uphold and uplift the integrity of the Students Union by rebranding FUTA and also ensure peace and progress in running the affairs of this great institution. He expressed the gratitude of the executive and the entire students to the University Management, particularly the fatherly role of Professor Daramola and Dr. Alese and promise to have a hitch free administration. “Our mission is to build a better Union, to bring back respect to the Students Union, to change the perspective of students about Student Unionism” he concluded.
Members of the Students Executives are:
President – Fowobaje Oluwaseun
Vice-President – Adeniyi Rebecca
General Secretary – Baale Caleb
Asst. General Secretary – Oladele Segun
Public Relation Officer – Idowu Ayodeji
Director of Sports – Adeoye Oluwasegun
Welfare Director – Ojelabi Ayomide Oluwaseyi
Financial Secretary – Adeosun Pelumi Ayodele
Treasurer – Asasile Israel
Director of Socials – Akinrinde Oluwaseyi