By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described the pioneering Vice Chancellor of Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, late Prof. Charles Vajime as a legend who wrote the name of BSU on the map on Nigeria.
“He laid a solid foundation. My family and I have benefited from the solid foundation as several of my children and myself graduated from the university. So many others who passed through the university are out there making the state and Nigeria proud,” Governor Ortom said.
The governor who spoke Tuesday when he led some members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to the family of late Prof. Vajime in Makurdi said, “we have come to console with the Vajime family on the demise of the erudite professor who touched so many lives. We are here because the Bible says we should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”
Governor Ortom pointed out that the university is one of the most stable in the country, all because of the sacrifices of Prof. Vajime.
He recounted how stakeholders had urged him in 2017 to pay attention to the university, in order to keep the dreams of late Moses Adasu and Vajime alive. “If Professor Vajime had not laid a solid foundation, we wouldn’t have been talking about the institution today,” he said.
The governor who lauded other past vice chancellors of the institution and particularly thanked the present Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tor Iorapuu for his resilience commended the late vice chancellor for all that he did. “Professor Vajime’s name will be written in gold,” he added.
According to him, “We can not question God as life and death belong to God. It pleases Him to call our father home at the time He did,” he said.
Governor Ortom assured the family of support of the state government and prayed that God console the widow of late Vajime and the entire family. “God will give you the strength at this trying moments,” he stated.
Responding on behalf of the family, Wange Vajime disclosed that the family was highly honoured by the visit of the governor. He described his father as someone who touched so many lives and said he was resting with the Lord.
Prof. Vajime died on Monday, December 27, 2021 after a brief illness and will be laid to rest Friday, January 7, 2022.