Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu has been appointed the substantive Executive Director, National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) in Aba, Abia State, the institution said in a statement yesterday.
The statement was signed by the Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations, NINLAN, Mr Chris Nwankwor.
Emejulu, a professor of Communication and Language Arts, was chosen by the Governing Council of NINLAN under the chairmanship of Chief Nkwo Nnabuchi, following a screening interview conducted for shortlisted applicants.
The institution said nine other professors applied for the post but five were shortlisted and after screening them, Emejulu was chosen for the post.
Emejulu, who had overseen the activities of the institution since October 2018, would be the fourth chief executive officer of the institution since its inception.
The don holds a Bachelors degree in English, a Masters degree in Language Arts and a doctorate in Communication and Language Arts.
Emejulu said his vision is to reposition NINLAN to effectively realise its mandate of awarding certificates, diplomas, degrees and serve as a centre for research and learning of Nigerian languages.
He said his immediate priority is the commencement of National Certificate of Education programme in some subject areas following a recent approval by the National Commission for Colleges of Education.
Emejulu said the institution’s mandate of awarding degrees was being hampered by some loopholes in the NINLAN Act which the National Universities Commission had spotted.
He asked for urgent action to rectify the problem and gave an assurance that as soon as the challenge was dealt with, the institution would proceed to fulfill its mandate of awarding degrees.
The professor said the institution which sits on 209.4 hectares of land along Opobo – Azummini Road, Ogbor Hill, Aba, has had its development retarded because of paucity of funds.
He said that NINLAN had over time made efforts to benefit from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TET-FUND) but had yet to be included in the scheme to enable it develop its vast land space.
He said the institution was in need of funds to develop and fulfill its mandate and called for the assistance of governments and organisations to support NINLAN’s quest to improve Nigerian languages.
Emejulu thanked the staff members of the institution who expressed satisfaction that he was appointed a substantive executive director of NINLAN following his performance in acting capacity.
He expressed hope that his five-year tenure would result in better staff welfare, development of academic programmes and infrastructure in the institution.
RSHA Commends PH Poly On Commitment
The Rivers State House of Assembly has commended the management of Port Harcourt Polytechnic, Rumuola for its commitment and efforts in sustaining the state government’s dreams of establishing the institution.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon Martins Amaewhule made this commendation in an interview with journalists at the end of an oversight visit to the institution by members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Education recently in Port Harcourt.
Amaewhule averred that the committee was encouraged with the various workshops visited in the institution, adding that the management has shown enough capacity to manage the institution to attain the present heights and successes recorded despite the challenges of funds.
He assured that members of the state legislature would assist the school become one of the foremost Polytechnics in the country.
He opined that their visit to the institution would bring the desired attentions needed to enable the polytechnic meet up with its infrastructural needs.
The lawmaker expressed satisfaction with the level of developments in the school and assured that more attention would be given in order to make it meet up with the demand of students influx into the school.
Don Wants RSG To Declare Emergency On Vocational Education
An Associate Professor at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUOE). Rumuolumeni, Rivers State ,Isaac Ogundu has called on the State Government to urgently declare a state of emergency on technical and vocational education as a recipe for curbing crimes in the state.
Ogundu also canvassed for an establishment of vocational education board in the state as well as establishing vocational colleges in the 23 local government areas of the state
The associate professor who, is also the Acting Head of Technical Education at IAUOE made this call in an interview with journalists at the just concluded 4th edition of the annual conference organised by Faculty of Technical Education of the university with the theme “Promoting Innovation and Research Through Vocational Skills Acquisition for Sustainable Development” held at the Post Graduate Hall recently.
According to him the increasing spate of crisis and social unrest going on in the state and other parts of the country gave rise to the theme of this year’s conference.
He stated that there was an urgent need for education policy makers to institutionalise the teaching of skills in the nation’s education curriculum in order to catch the youth and engage them with skills that would make them contribute to the economy of the state.
“There should be constitution of vocational education board in the state and each local government should have vocational education where people’s skills will be developed and they acquire new ones,”he added.
Earlier, the vice chancellor of the university, Prof Ozo _Mercury Ndimele while declaring the conference open said the vision of the present management of the institution was to ensure that every student acquire a skill that will make them self dependent and employer of labour at the completion of their course of study at the university.
Represented by Dr Stephen Kalagbor, the Head of St John’s Campus, the vice chancellor said the university was doing well in areas of research .
He urged participants at the one day conference to maximise the opportunity provided by the conference to help the society in solving the problem of social disorder that is ravaging the nation at the moment through development of various skills that will make people to become self reliant. .
Our correspondent who attended the conference reports that participants were drawn from both academic and non academic.
Adventist Students Unveil 16 Directional Signs At Varsity
The Seventh Day Adventist Students Fellowship’s at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Port Harcourt has unveiled 16 directional signposts erected in the institution to add value to the campus.
The students said the erection of the signposts in the university was part of its public campus ministry observed worldwide by the church and to impact positively in the society.
Speaking shortly after the unveiling of the directional signposts at the university, recently, President, Port Harcourt Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Anyalebechi Nnunu-kwe said the project was part of the fellowship community service to the university.
The clergy said the aim of the project was to assist to improve the welfare, environment and the sanitation of the campus.
The pastor said the erection of the signposts was part of its contributions towards the growth of the varsity and its environs.
He noted that the project was singlehandedly embarked on by the Seventh Day Adventist Students Fellowship on campus.
Nnunukwe, who described the project as wonderful, said, it cost the students some huge amount of naira to execute.
He charged Adventist students on campus to be disciplined and shun acts capable of tarnishing the image of the church and the society.
The clergy, who decried lack of worship centre on campus and writing of examinations on Saturdays by Adventist students as its challenges, appealed to the management of the school to provide a worship place on campus and have rethink on sitting for exams on Saturdays as it’s against their belief system.
Earlier, Chapter President, Seventh Day Adventist Student Fellowship, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Mr Eleberi Joseph said the students erected the signposts as a way of contributing to the society.
Joseph, a final year student in the Department of Chemistry, said the students’ fellowship was motivated to embark on the project due to its lack on campus.
The chapter President said the 16 directional signposts would guide movement of persons on campus and also add contour to the varsity.
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