- Express gratitude to Gov. Bello for the appointment.
The Atta Igala and Chairman of Kogi State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni (II), has advised the Acting Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Salisu Ogbo Usman, to be firm, and transparent in the discharge of his duty.
The Atta who gave the advice when the Acting Rector paid him a courtesy visit at his Palace in Idah said it was through transparency and all-inclusiveness that everyone would have a sense of belonging, and thereby reducing the burden of suspicions and all other intrigues that could arise as a consequence.
He therefore advised him to avoid ethnic, religious and sectional sentiment in terms of appointments and other issues involved in the discharge of his duty.
The Atta also advised the Rector to be mindful of the name of the entire Igala race in all steps he would take and avoid anything that would bring Igalaland to disrepute.
He also challenged him to embark on reforms so long as such is fair, and is in the best interest of the growth and advancement of the institution.
His Royal Majesty said he was overjoyed by the news of his appointment and expressed his profound gratitude to Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello for considering a young and vibrant Igala son for the appointment, stressing that he would personally reach out to the Governor to appreciate him for the gesture.
He urged the Acting Rector to call on him any time he needs his assistance, stressing that he would do everything possible to make his administration a success.
The Atta seized the opportunity to appeal to all Igala sons and daughters to drop bickering and all forms of intrigues capable of causing disunity which he said could derail all efforts geared towards the development of Igalaland.
Earlier, the Acting Rector had told the paramount ruler of Igala Kingdom that he was in the palace to greet him, appreciate his support and encouragement and to seek his royal and fatherly blessing to enable him discharge his duty creditably.
He told the revered monarch that he is the first alumnus and the youngest ever to be appointed as Rector of the 28-year old institution, adding that some of the teachers who taught him while he was a student are still working with institution.
He stressed that with a father who is a farmer and a mother who is a petty trader, he is always aware of his humble background and would be guided by such in all his dealings both as a private person and as a Rector.
Dr. Usman appealed to His Royal Majesty to use his fatherly voice to help him express his deepest gratitude to Governor Bello for considering him worthy of the appointment.
He also appealed to His Royal Majesty to help express his appreciation to the Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Edward David Onoja and the former Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni, for serving as pillars and signposts of direction to the journey that has brought him thus far.
He expressed that he would do everything possible and permissible to justify the confidence reposed in him by the Governor of the State, and never to let down all those who trust him.
The Acting Rector also briefed His Royal Majesty on some of the steps he has taken since assumption of Office, among which he said was the setting up of a Legal Unit to address the issues of series of litigation in the Polytechnic and to minimise future occurrence.
He also informed the Atta that the hostel, health, classroom and office facilities in the institution were grossly inadequate, and that he had set machineries in motion to address the issue as quickly as possible.
On the long abandoned TETFUND projects in the institution, the Acting Rector told His Royal Majesty that steps were being taken to bring to book, all those directly or indirectly connected to the embezzlement of funds released by the body for the projects, adding that he would be relentless in the pursuit of same until the money is recovered.
On students accommodation, he said that arrangement had been made for the completion of the project through Public-Private Partnership (PPP), stressing that with the support and approval of the government, he intends to complete the project within his first hundred days in office.
He also disclosed that efforts were in top gear to bring ICT revolution to the Polytechnic so as to ensure effective, efficient and speedy handling of administrative and academic matters.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of kolanut by the Acting Rector to His Royal Majesty who later gave his royal blessing to the Acting Rector.
The Acting Rector was accompanied on the visit by the immediate past Administrator, Anpka Local Government and currently Special Adviser to the Governor on political matter, Ankpa Federal Constituency, Hon. (Chief) John Aduga, a member of the Central Executive Committee, Kogi Emerging Leaders Forum, Kogi East and Senior Lecturer with Prince Abubakar Audu University, Dr Mohammed Kabir Ibrahim, the Coordinator of the Forum, Dekina Local Government and a lecturer with Prince Abubakar Audu University, Dr Arome Tokula, the Forum Coordinator, Idah Federal Constituency, Hon Haruna Isah and other members of the Forum too numerous to mention.