Miracle Is Not Magic: Prof Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi, A Professional Professor – By Buhari Yusuf
Miracle Is Not Magic: Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi, A Professional Professor – By Buhari Yusuf
It is always a thing of felicity and extreme pleasure whenever federal Government announces its readiness to establish a university in any state. So was the excitement and fulfilment that greeted the establishment of a federal University in the year 2010 by the federal Government under the administration of Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Katsina State.
This message was warmly received by the political leaders, traditional rulers and average citizens of the State.
Soon after the university which was named Federal University, Dutsinma (FUDMA) began its operations, the joy and happiness of Katsina people turned to misery and metamorphosed into the skies due to lack of decisive, purposeful, coordinated and organized developmental plans for the University by the then management. Due to this despondency, Katsina people began to complain bitterly about the state of affairs in the University. All efforts to call the then leaders of the University to order failed and yielded no positive result.
As a result of the above, good people of Katsina State embarked on prayers day and night asking God to quickly intervene and rescue the University from complete collapse.
After a long leadership tussle at the University, God in His infinite mercy blessed the University with Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi who emerged as the new vice chancellor of the University. Bichi, who was not a new person in the University environment came with deliberate and conscious strategic plans towards repositioning the school for better, effective and efficient teaching and learning at the university. Within a short time frame as Vice-Chancellor of the University, he has succeeded in overhauling and uplifting the University to a greater height above even the tertiary institutions that existed for more than 30 years in the State. Today, there is no doubt that FUDMA is the best tertiary institution to ever exist in Katsina.
Under Prof. Armaya’u Bichi’s leadership, there is a departure from the prism of a narrow window dressing to a broad holistic approach towards addressing the numerous challenges confronting the University. To mention a few of his achievements, he was able to convince the federal government, NGOs, other national and international donors to assist the University in infrastructural development.
The permanent site of the University is presently under massive and intense constructions, renovations and remodeling of structures to international standard. Adequate security network which comprise of the Army, Police, DSS and internal security department was established in order to safeguard the University and its environs.
To further demonstrate the genuine and the undying passion of the V.C towards the University, more than five (5) luxurious buses were provided to convey students and staff from the old campus to the new campus free of charge.
Students’ welfare has drastically improved with policies that entail decency and excellent moral values. Students were also provided with electricity, internet network for research purpose, a world class library, installation of Air conditioners at lecture theatres, a fair and affordable tuition fee, good health care facilities that caters for students’ and staff as well as the host community.
More faculties and departments where opened at the University with reliable professional facilitators who were sourced nationally and internationally to train students. Already many lecturers had been sent to study abroad for capacity building.
According to the members of staff, since the inception of the school, this was the first time they have had a charismatic and industrious boss. On several occasions, he walks on his foot from one office to the other as well as from one lecture room to another to supervise them. They have never recorded issues of pending salary or allowances and promotions are on due course without favoritism. According to them, they doubt if upon completion of his tenure, they would ever have the opportunity to work with a V.C like Prof. Armaya’u Bichi.
He is focused, amiable, accessible and always leave a lasting impression on all who comes across him, a unique attribute which led him to unprecedented strides and accomplishments at the University.
Another milestone achieved by Prof. Armaya’u Bichi is ability to provide hundreds of direct and indirect jobs at the University which through multiplier effect lifted millions of people out of poverty across the country.
Political leaders, traditional rulers and average citizens of Katsina State are happy with the professor’s pattern of leadership because they belief he is exceptional, a rare achiever, a pleasant man yet a driven revolutionist, an astounding and passionate accomplisher and above all, a God fearing man and therefore the required support from them to the V.C is non- negotiable.
At this juncture, I will like to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) as well as the minister for education, Mallam Adamu Adamu ,for the selection and appointment of person with not only high intelligence quotient but together with emotional and social quotients that are very rare to be found in one person. The minister for education should therefore acknowledge that Professor Armaya’u Bichi has excelled at the University and is capable of holding bigger assignments at national level. One will be marvelous about high rate of development at the university despite dwindle economic conditions that resulted to shortage of revenue to the Federal government.
The word corruption is missing in his dictionary as corruption and development will never work together. His special attributes of honesty, contentment, discipline and integrity makes him a unique individual whose services will forever be required for nation building. As I rest my case, I pray that Almighty Allah continue to guide, guard and protect the vice chancellor of federal University, Dutsinma in person of Professor Armaya’u Hamisu Bichi on this noble course.
Written By: BUHARI YUSUF
A Concerned Katsina State Citizen.