The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna), Prof. Musbau Akanji, has encouraged all managers in public and private institutions to be committed to their duties and execute their jobs as contained in the condition of service of their various organisations.

Prof. Akanji gave the advice last Wednesday (May 9, 2018) while delivering a lecture at the 2018 General Meeting/Lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered), University of Ilorin Branch.  

In the lecture, titled “Random Thoughts of a Former Vice-Chancellor on University Administration”, Prof. Akanji, who is also a former Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, said that every manager must be ready to help his/her immediate boss to succeed, saying that the success of a head of a unit is the success of the staff that work under him.

He said, “We must help our big managers by working consensually and by being truthful to them and the big bosses must see their subordinates as important and as brothers and sisters because it is just by favour that someone is a boss and above the others. We must help from bottom to top because that is the only way the people at the top would see and know better what is happening in the establishment.

According to him, “Every university staff or any staff of any establishment or company is a manager because they are all working to complement the work of the others. Therefore, you are all managers in your capacities and you must be ready to help your immediate boss so that the boss would help somebody and the people on top would be helped.”

While comparing working in a private institution to a public establishment, Prof. Akanji opined that working in a government establishment is more difficult and more demanding. He also said a private university “is easier to run because everyone works like a semi-god”.

Apparently speaking from the unique experience of heading both a public and private universities at different periods in his career, the Professor of Biochemistry said, “The external forces in Nigerian universities are causing a very big challenge and hindering the progress of public institutions”.

Prof. Akanji, however, commended the members of the University of Ilorin Branch of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) for organising the programme, urging them to be supporters of their bosses because some people would also serve them when it gets to their turns. 

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, who spoke through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. B.F. Sule, described Prof. Akanji as a pride to the University of Ilorin because he pioneered Al-Hikmah from scratch and served meritoriously as the sixth Vice-Chancellor of FUTMinna.

The Vice-Chancellor, however, expressed the hope that the members of NIM would become better managers in their respective units after listening to the thought-provoking lecture from an erudite administrator. 

Among those that attended the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RTI), Prof. G. A. Olatunji, and the University Librarian, Dr. A.O. Issa.