CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSES OF AN ICON
PROF. ARMAYA’U HAMISU BICHI B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD, fsf
VICE CHANCELLOR OF THE FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, DUTSINMA, KATSINA STATE
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office”. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
Such are the expectations of millions upon any selected or elected leader. People with outstanding leadership qualities, such as integrity and honesty are becoming scarce. As a consequence, society, community, or nations plunges into chaos, uncertainty, and confusion. These lead to loss of focus and unimaginable destruction of collective achievements which last for a decade or beyond from generation to generation. But when Allah (SWA) desires comfort and progress upon society, community, or nations, he bestowed upon them a just and honest leader (s) who steers their affairs.
FUDMA was founded in February 2011, had different leaders but the one that made it all through is no one but Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi. He led FUDMA for two varied historic epochs – at an Acting capacity and Substantive capacity. Through all these periods, the careful-minded leader recorded achievements that remain indelible with stint and time. These include the completion, transfer, and development of the permanent campus site of the university located along Dutsinma-Kankara Road. This is the attainment of faded hopes which many had cast doubt over its realization, Professor Bichi and his team of progressive members achieved the difficult task. The nascent university lingered for a while due to a short number of Quality Lecturers, Prof Bichi made sure the inadequacy became a thing of the past. At that moment, a sizeable number of staff (teaching and non-teaching) were recruited unbiasedly thus filling the perceptible slit. The recruited staff had never experienced any issue despite the attempt made by certain disgruntle entities who sworn to create divisions and disharmony in the university. Under the leadership of this giant leader, new departments were created and adequately maintained for the benefit of all present and future generations to come.
Prof. sow the seeds of harmony and peace in the university, a sigh of relief came when all hopes were lost and dismays supervened. Distrusts in leadership ceased and “acting-leadership” planners lost directions and run away in shame. The determined Vice-Chancellor continued by calling for peace, cooperation, and support from all members so as to take the young university to a greater height. Prof reorganizes and reenergizes all the departments and units in the university for perpetual development. These include the appointment of qualified leaders, examples are Research and Development, Student Affairs, Sustainable Development Directorates etc. The VC designed and created a revenue generation strategy for the university which is essential as the burden upon the FGN is colossal which required institutions to source IGR for the maintenance of vital projects as well as developing new ones.
Professor Armayau Hamisu Bichi is among the luckiest leaders in Nigeria who enjoyed support within and outside the University. Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu blessed your appointment, Sir, he even affirmed: “restore the lost glory of the university without fear or favor”. Alhaji Ahmad Uba Nana (CGC) asserted “with Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi in FUDMA, I have nothing to worry no matter how distant I might be in Nigeria”. Alhamdulillah.
Long Live FUDMA, Katsina State and Nigeria-Amin.
Umar Ahmad Muhammad
Department of Educational Foundations, FUDMA