Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, says he will always go beyond providing administrative and academic leadership to supporting conferences that would impact positively on the university.
The IAUE boss, who made this disclosure recently, while declaring open the Third International Conference organized by the Faculty of Humanities of the institution, said this is in congnisance of the importance of conferences to the development of academics and society at large.
“Those in the academia cannot be strong scholars if they do not appear at conferences to let people know their positions or school of thoughts that they belong to.
“I will not only provide administrative and academic leadership, but also support impactful conferences as that from the Faculty of Humanities, for scholars to have sound intellectual discourse and come up with solutions that would solve societal problems, thereby contributing to national growth, development and improve the general wellbeing of people”, he stated.
Addressing the audience, Chairman of the occasion and Director, Research and Development of the institution, Professor Humphrey Kemka Ogbonda, commended the Faculty for the conference which he said is part of the academic culture of universities.
While assuring on the capabilities of the resource persons as being grounded in their fields, he enjoined participants to listen and assimilate to enable them improve themselves.
In his address, the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Professor Kingdom Eke Orji, expressed appreciation to the Acting Vice Chancellor and his management team for moral and financial support towards the success of the conference.
Noting that the Faculty alone has witnessed three viable conferences from the Departments of English and Communication Art, French and International Studies, and Fine and Applied Arts, between August and November, he credited the successes to financial and moral support of Prof. Onuchuku.
“Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku has transformed the intellectual physiognomy of the university in addition to creating a robust platform for accelerated scholarly engagements”, he said.
According to him, the theme of the conference, “The Humanities and National Development in Contemporary Africa”, is relevant, particularly to Africa.
The theme, he said, “is significant and apt against the background that virtually all the 54 African countries with about 1.3 billion persons are grappling with socio-economic cum political challenges or more, bearing in mind that a Nigerian is one out of every four Africans”.
Prof. Orji further noted that the Faculty designed inclusive subthemes to “interrogate daunting challenges of inter state conflicts, terrorism, banditry, environmental degradation, the negative impact of climate change, economic downturn, substandard education, poor governance, unemployment, electoral violence, ethno-religious crisis, yawning gaps between policy formulation and implementation, diseases, rule of law breeches, endemic corruption, and high debt profile”.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to the Acting VC “for excellent performance, educational innovations and promotion of ‘town and gown’ relations”.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
LG Boss Lauds Traditional Institutions On Peace Sustainability
The Chairman, Okrika Local Government Council, Hon. Akuro Tobin, has demonstrated his respect for traditional institution in Okrika as the traditional rulers in the area were hosted to a special luncheon at the council, yesterday.
The council boss commended the traditional institutions in the area for promoting peace in their various communities and urged them to sustain the tempo especially as the general elections draw nearer.
Akuro also solicited the cooperation and understanding of the traditional rulers towards the council’s developmental drive.
In a remark, the traditional rulers assured the chairman of the sustainability of the existing peace and tranquility and promised to support his administration.
The traditional rulers in attendance include His Royal Majesty, King E.T.I Obudibo, Amayanabo of ancient Ogoloma kingdom; His Royal Majesty, King Amb. Dr. Michael Ateke Tom JP, Amayanabo of ancient Okochiri kingdom and Sekuro of Niger Delta, and His Royal Majesty, King Air Commodore T.E.O. Ogube (Rtd.), Amayanabo of Kirike Town.
By: Wokoma Emmanuel & Michael Abraham
NUC Tasks IAUE On Establishment Of Mass Comm Dept
The National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation team has advised Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE) to establish a full-fledged Department of Mass Communication.
Speaking during an exit meeting on Tuesday, at the Council Chambers, the team leader for the Department of English and Communication Art, Professor Saleh Abdu, noted that the establishment of the Mass Communication Department would provide opportunity for the many students yearning for it to become specialists in that field.
He expressed appreciation to the University’s Management for grooming graduates who are competent in their career pursuit and appealed to the Department to make the e-library more accessible to students.
Professor Abdu described as unethical the situation where students write their names on examination scripts and emphasized that only matriculation numbers should be allowed on examination scripts.
The Professor from the University of Kashere thanked the Vice Chancellor for conference sponsorship for teaching staff, saying that such staff development drive should also be extended to the non-teaching staff.
In his response, the Acting Vice Chancellor of IAUE, Professor Okechuku Onuchuku, who was represented by the Acting Registrar, Mr Donald Okogbaa, said the setting up of the NUC is the best gift bequeathed to the Nigerian Universities.
He expressed gratitude to the accreditation team for their observations and assured that machineries would be put in place to ensure that all recommendations and suggestions made are strictly adhered to.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
‘See BSN As Integral Part Of Church’
The Church of Christ has been called upon to see the Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN) as an integral part to advance the kingdom of God on Earth.
Chairman of the BSN, Rivers/Bayelsa Area, Elder Omoni Ayo-Tamuno, BSN-SPM made the call while addressing members of the Saint Silas Christ Army Church of Nigeria, Ibuluya Ama, in Okrika Local Government Area, as part of the 2022 Bible Week Celebration.
He explained that the call became imperative and crucial in view of the near lack of interest and lookwarm attitude of some clergy men towards the Society.
According to him, BSN was established primarily to fill the gap of translating the Written Word of God from English to various Nigerian Languages.
He disclosed that the Society had so far translated 27 Nigerian languages out of the over 500 languages spoken in Nigeria into full Bible.
Elder Ayo-Tamuno further said of the 500 languages apart from the 27 fully translated, 63 New Testament languages have been translated, while 98 portions of the Scriptures are in other Nigerian languages.
He said more than 13 translation projects are now on-going in various Nigerian languages, adding that within the Area, which include Bayelsa and Rivers States, three translations are on-going in Ogbia, Epie and Eleme.
“It’s, therefore, very important and expedient for the Clergy to support the Society, bearing in mind that no Clergy can function without the Word of God”, he said.
He used the opportunity to commend the Church for their support to the Okrika Auxiliary, and stressed the need for members to register as Special Members.
Later in his response, the Vicar in charge of the Church, the Venerable Lee Jen Akwabala, thanked the Society for the visit and assured that he would upgrade his membership to the Special Membership Cadre.
Venerable Akwabala promised that four members of the Church would register as Special Members and praised the Society for the gift of free New Testament Bibles, adding that the Bibles would assist in the missionary activities of the Church.
By: Soibi Max-Alalibo
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