My administration‘ll be guided by Ker’s principles –VC

By Faith Igbudu

Vice Chancellor, Benue state University (BSU), Prof Tor Iorapuu, has assured that his administration will be guided by the principles, pattern and beliefs of late Prof. David Ker.

He said this will be his way to keep the memories of the former Vice Chancellor of the institution alive.

Iorapuu made this known when the university community held a senate valedictory session in honor of the deceased at the College of Health Sciences. “My challenge is to make this place great” “May we enjoy the quality of tributes we are hearing today” he said.

Emotions flowed endlessly as some selected persons gave their tributes.

Former Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Prof Daniel Saaor, said late, “Prof. Ker, distinguished himself. It was a great honour to have identified with him. “To honour him, let us continue to imbibe his virtues” he added.

Former Ambassador, Prof Iorwuese Hagher, in his tribute said “Ker cannot be dead as long as BSU which is one of his legacies lives. Ker was a man that always made the right decisions. He always went for what is best. Through out his life, he served the Benue people well. Let his principles be simulated,” he said.

The Head of Service, Benue state, Mrs Veronica Onyeke, said “Ker had humility that knew no bound” saying he will be greatly missed.

Two former Vice Chancellors of university, Prof, Akase Sorkaa and Prof. Charity Angya both in separate tributes said Ker lived a life worth emulating as he was a father figure, a mentor and a friend to all that came his way.

The varsity council, and university union bodies, Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU-BSU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU- BSU, were not left out. In their separate speeches said “he was one of the best union friendly vice Chancellor the institution has had” saying he will be greatly missed.

BSU council promised that great icons like late Prof Ker will henceforth be accorded the needed celebration and privilege in their lifetime.

Earlier in a welcome address, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, BSU, Mike Odeh thanked all attendees for identifying with the university in their moment of grief.

Late Prof. David Ker was among the intellectual personalities the Benue state government drafted to begin Benue state University. He later became the 2nd Vice Chancellor of the institution.

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