The Oasis Reporters
August 22, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State, Professor Angela Miri has eulogizes the late former Chief Judge of Plateau State, Lazarus Dakyen for his leadership style, contributions to humanity and the law profession in Nigeria .
She described the legal luminary as a selfless man who had made his path known in the sands of time, when he raised her through her education by teaching them confidence building and hard work.
Prof. Miri maintained that her earlier encounter with some of the staff of the Federal University, Lokoja had encouraged her to develop new faculties and build mutual respect amongst the indigenes urging them to support the institution for the training and the development of manpower.
She frowned at some of the staff’s attitude towards her as the new Vice Chancellor of the university were they displayed desperation and she felt they are bent on frustrating her by ensuring that any of her new policies could not scale through to help move the institution forward.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed this to our correspondent in an interview during the burial ceremony of her elder brother late Justice Lazarus Dakyen at her residence in Jos, Plateau State.
Professor Angela Miri was one time commissioner for information and a senior lecturer with the university of Jos before her new appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to her , her experience as a professor before the appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari , saying she had held several managerial positions in and outside of Plateau State, based on her capacity and academic qualifications.
She further stressed that she is neither academically incompetent nor a
push-over even before being appointment by the Buhari led government.
Miri further revealed how on assumption of office, some members of staff in the university who were not comfortable with her appointment as the head of the institution because she is not from the state, and moreover, she’s feminine.
They wanted to stampede her and they chose never to see anything good in policies to move the university forward.
The vice Chancellor maintained that she never allowed herself to be stampeded nor intimidated but the group later came to realize that she was not having anything against any body other than good intentions for the development of the university and for the staff to do their work in conformity with the law of the institution.
On her relationship with her late brother justice Lazarus Dakyen, she said words would not be enough to describe him “but we will really miss his fatherly advice” .
“He is gentleman per excellent, l grew up with him and he sponsored me throughout my secondary school to my university education”.
She further said he gave her out in marriage. “That was when I finally left for my husband house “.
She stressed that his death is an irreparable loss to the family as the late justice had touched many lives of his extended family in one way or the other, she explained.
She however thanked God that her late brother witnessed her progress before his death.