Benue youths rally support for Otukpo varsity VC

The Concerned Youths of Benue State extraction has drummed support for the premier Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo (FUHSO), Professor Innocent Ujah, OON, mni positing that he is revere professor of medicine.

In a press conference held in the Ancient Town of Otukpo, the headquarters of Benue South Senatorial district, Benue state, the group which comprises youths from the three senatorial districts of the state, called for unalloyed support for the first vice chancellor of the first Federal University of Health Sciences in Nigeria situated in Benue South to make Idoma land a medical tourism. 

The leader of the youths, Comrade Daniel Edoache Atayi, lauded the vision, astuteness, and developmental strides of the vice chancellor and enjoined well-meaning sons and daughters of Idomaland not to be distracted by the politically orchestrated campaign of calumny crafted by a group of vested interests calculated to malign the hard earned reputation of Prof. Innocent Ujah, mni, OON, NPOM who is a world class professor of medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology) of over 40 years standing, saying that Ujah is an asset to Nigeria as a whole.

The group registered their concerns in placards and banners with different inscriptions “FUHSO is for world class students; held 38 management meetings in 31/2 years, 8 Senate meetings, Innocent Ujah must stay to finish his excellent work his doing; Zone c youths won’t allow politics obstruct/distract FUHSO; FUHSO vice chancellor runs the school professionally, being a specialised medical university; Contracts given based on public procurement Law; Medical students are best secured in hostel(s); FUHSO teaching hospital runs with international standards of medicine; protest against FUHSO sponsored by bad politicians; FUHSO employed by merit/award professorship by merit and many more’’. It acknowledged the leadership style of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Hyacinth Alia for their driven programmes aimed at emancipation, socio-economic, infrastructure development, and egalitarianism.

Comrade Edoache Atayi acknowledged the sacrifices of the erstwhile President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator David Mark, GCON, for his foresight in the establishment of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo and his ability to discover one of the best brains in the medical world, Prof. Innocent Ujah, to steer the affairs of the university to a citadel of global reckoning.

Speaking on the recent protest against the vice chancellor by a few aggrieved youths of Otukpo, the Concerned Youths of Benue State maintained that having evaluated their grievances, they were of the conviction that Prof. Ujah is on the right trajectory. While acknowledging the inalienable rights of citizens to peaceful protest, the concerned youths cautioned that, “We must not spite the face because of the runny nose”. They appealed to the true conscience of the host community of Otukpo District and the aggrieved youths to sheathe their swords and allow peace to prevail, as no meaningful progress can be achieved in an atmosphere devoid of peace and tranquility.

They said FUHSO is prayers answered for the people of Benue South Senatorial District, adding that all hands must be on deck to nurture it like a baby to a position of envy. They reminded mischief makers that the Idoma Nation had waited for 48 years to have a new university and must not allow the vision of the founding fathers to hit the brick wall.

The group maintained that having looked at the allegations vis-a-vis the facts on ground, the Concerned Benue Youths were convinced that ‘’the Vice Chancellor neither derailed, digressed on the vision and mission, philosophy of FUHSO, and unanimously throw their unflinching supports behind the incorruptible and unparalleled vice chancellor of repute, Professor Ujah, for displaying academic dexterity and managerial acumen”.

The group called on all and sundry to join hands with the VC in good faith to move the university to greater heights, hence there is time, and season for everything and certainly this is not the period of distractions on the VC and management of FUHSO.