By Ugboaja, Stanley Uzoamaka
In the words of Douglas Reagan “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He/she does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his/her actions and the integrity of his/her intent.
This statement is sorely apt to describe the immediate past Bursar of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Mrs. Hajara Kuso-Abdullahi.
Prior to her appointment as the Bursar of the University in 2014, the alumna of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Fellow Certified National Accountant had served as Deputy Bursar of the institution, with 27 years cumulative experience in the public service, all of which were at the Federal University of Technology, Minna Bursary’s Department.
She rose through the ranks to become the Bursar in 2014, thereby making her the first woman to take up such a position since the establishment of the institution.
She is also one of the few women who have occupied that position in a Nigerian federal university.
To say that her six years’ tenure as the University’s exchequer was eventful is stating the obvious. This is based on astonishing achievements recorded by the University during the period under review. Her tenure became a fascinating reference for financial transparency, accountability, adherence to due process, and prudency, to mention but a few.
It is also pertinent to note that Mrs. Kuso-Abdullahi made significant efforts in the revamping of the institution’s commercial ventures in order to generate an additional stream of revenue to complement the subventions from the Federal Government.
No doubt, her tenure witnessed a lot of innovations which culminated in the impeccable ease of financial transactions, vis-à-vis prompt settlement of all the University’s financial obligations, including staff’s claims.
Another interesting aspect worthy of mention is the University’s compliance with financial guidelines by the regulatory agencies in charge of university financing in the country.
Indeed, it was so superb that the institution was never found to have violated any procedural guidelines in terms of funds management and disbursement during her tenure.
The innovations initiated by Mrs. Kuso-Abdullahi on assumption of office in 2014 contributed immensely to the impressive accomplishments recorded by the Bursary department during her tenure.
Without mincing words, she broke the glass ceiling and became a perfect example of a woman who paved the way for other women in the Nigerian public sector, especially in the area of finance.
It is also instructive to note that she brought in a new culture of excellence and honesty to bear in the discharge of her duties as the Bursar of the University. Her commitment and dedication to duty brought a new vista in the running of the department’s affairs and the University at large.
She remained a thorough-bred professional, a mother to all, a detribalized Nigerian, generous, and a remarkable woman of unquestionable integrity throughout the six years that she held sway as the Bursar of the institution.
One cannot talk about the achievements of Mrs. Kuso-Abdullahi without lending a reference to how she effortlessly migrated the University to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) as directed by the Federal Government in 2015. A feat that FUT, Minna accomplished first among the federal government-owned tertiary institutions.
In addition to her superlative performance, she seamlessly championed the digitization drive of all transactions in the Bursary department, especially the Payroll unit with the development of a software for salary payment and payslip distribution to staff, with the support of the University’s Information Technology Service (ITS).
This innovation saved the University some funds because the job was hitherto out-sourced to an IT firm. Further, this innovation also facilitated the prompt distribution of payslip to staff’s emails as and when due.
By Ugboaja, Stanley Uzoamaka, (Ph.D in view)