My experience as the president of FASA, ABU Zaria

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By Umar Y. Mika’eel

My experience as the President of FASA, ABU Zaria in the 2018/2019 session is one I cherish and adore. For those who don’t know what FASA is…, FASA stands for; “Faculty Of Administration Student’s Association, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

My experience in FASA was indeed gratifying. It was a wonderful experience that came with a lot of lessons learned. I joined the Students’ Union right from the time I was in 100level, the second semester. As at then, I was elected to represent my class at the senate level.

Umar Y Mika'eel President of FASA,  2018/2019 session, ABU Zaria.
Comrade Umar Y. Mika’eel

I had gained so much experience in the house that I decided to contest for the post of the Presidency after immense support which I received from friends and loved ones who believed wholly in me. To the glory of God, I emerged as the winner of that election and I can say that I gained what I call administrative skills and vital experience.

FASA has taught me to be a team player and a leader; it has also taught me conflict management and several other things.

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Well, Before I took over the mantle of leadership, the Association’s administrative structure was in very bad shape and has been very weak and inoperative and needs reconsideration by my administration.

During my tenure as president, FASA witnessed massive development where we introduce a workable administrative structure capable of yielding tangible results and speed in delivering to the quest of the electorates.

But it wasn’t just my making. From the first place after my emergence, I brought in my opponents to head one committee or the other; so, I benefitted from their ocean of his experience.

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We had vibrant EXCOS and Legislative arm of Government and I’m grateful for their hardworking, dedication, and unflinching support during my stay in office. We were able to build a good relationship with the faculty management, the security personnel, and the generality of the faculty students.

I would have loved to mention names but the list is unending, who really supported us and granted all our requests as soon as possible. In terms of the welfare of the students as stipulated in the constitution, it was my priority, and based on that, I can beat my chest that we delivered on all our electoral promises; we won all the duels we engaged in.

We stood firmly against any decision which was not in the interest of all our students; it was really demanding but with God on our side, we won.

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I was able to record some moderate achievements during my tenure. They included; (1) introducing the class representative forum where the entire class reps across the faculty come together and collectively find solutions to issues relating to the needs and aspirations of their fellow class members. (2) Ensuring that the RST and BST theatres were opened, conducive and safe for students’ to read at night, organized the FASA cultural day and night film show to promote our cultures and unity among all of us. Etc

My greatest challenge, well, there were challenges but I didn’t see them as challenges, I saw them as stepping stones. I saw beyond those challenges, I left them in the hands of God who can settle any kind of problem with the point of His fingers.

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The greatest challenge I had was balancing my academics with student unionism. I don’t skip lectures or even hesitate from assisting my subordinates with their classwork or assignment. It wasn’t so easy, but funny enough Alhamdulillah, I graduated with one of the best results.

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My second challenge was financial problems because finance is said to be the engine growth of all human organizations. All I can do is to thank God for being with me all through.

Eventually, I will like to extend all my thanks, gratitude, appreciation, and my grateful feelings to the entire faculty members, security personnel, staff, both academics, and non-academic staff.

Umar Y Mika’eel is the outgone president,
2018/2019 session, faculty of Administration Students Association, ABU Zaria.


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