Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
The Federal University Lokoja has been granted approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to run 29 new undergraduate programmes commencing from 2019/2020 academic session.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Angela Freeman Miri disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja at a pre-convocation press briefing to mark the 3rd and 4th combined convocation ceremony of the institution.
Miri said that the university was set to invite the NUC for Resource Verification of the 29 new programmes approved by the commission in addition to the existing courses being run by the institution.
She said that all the programmes being run before the introduction of the 29 new programmes in the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences and Science had received full accreditation.
The VC added that the institution was committed to the sustenance of the highest standards in all academic programmes that would guarantee full accreditation at all times.
She said that the institution had commenced Masters and PhD programmes under the School of Post-Graduate Studies and had advertised and admitted eligible candidates into the programmes for the 2019/2020 academic session.
Miri noted that the commencement of the Post-Graduate programmes was another important milestone that would afford the institution the opportunity to live up to its tripartite functions of teaching, research and community development.
The Vice-Chancellor said that under her leadership, 118 Teaching and Non-Teaching staff of the institution were sponsored to local and international conferences and workshops under TETfund intervention.
She said that TETfund had also sponsored Journals of Research and Development in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as Confluence Journal of pure and applied Sciences under the faculty of sciences.
“We are striving to increase and improve on the existing facilities and to equally lay emphasis on Staff Training and Development so that the university will be able to cope with increasing number of students”, she said.
Prof. Miri also disclosed that the University Health Services Medical Centre which was hitherto a 3-bed clinic, had been expanded and remodeled to a 20-bed facility in order to meet up with the growing number of staff and students.
She explained that the University library, has also built up its collection of books to 9,000 titles saying, “We have equipped the library to the level that undergraduates, Masters and PhD students can carry out studies in diverse Fields without much stress.
The VC also said that in the bid to promote research and internationalisation, the university had signed several Memoranda of Understanding within and outside the country including the 150-year-old Morgan State University and NiMET.
Miri said that since her assumption of duty the university had maintained a stable academic calendar and cordial relationship with the immediate host communities adding that it had also ensured timely promotion of eligible staff members as priority .
The combined 3rd and 4th convocation ceremony of the institution would be held on Saturday, December 14th with the Chancellor, Alhaji Dr Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idriss, Emir of Fika awarding the degrees to the graduating students.
Gov Bello Host FUL Governing Council Members
The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello host the newly inaugurated Governing Council of the Federal university, Lokoja at the council chamber of government house, Lokoja.
The vice chancellor of the university, Prof Angela Mary Freeman stated while introducing the council members of the university that, her tenure will come to an end in February, 2021 and appealed to the Governor to extend fatherly love to the new council and it members led by Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD.
The leader of the delegation who is the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD stated that, the council and its members are on a courtesy visit to congratulate the Governor on his recent victory at the Supreme Court which the pro chancellor described as a well deserved victory and secondly to commensurate with the government and people of Kogi State most especially the families of those who loss their lives during the fire incident that claimed over 25 lives along Felele area of Lokoja and pray to God for their souls to receive divine grace in eternity. A minute silence was observe in honour of the deceased.
The Pro-Chancellor / Chairman of the Governing Council stated that, among other objectives of their visit is to inform the Governor of the institution arrangement to move to the permanent site at Felele area by the first week of October, 2020 and the university need of approval for the Certificate of Occupancy, payment of compensation to land owners who have voluntarily relinquish their land to the university, perimeter fencing of the land, provision of intercity buses to ease movement of students and others from the temporary site to the new site at Felele among others.
the Governor stated that, the Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of the Governing Council, Senator Christ Iheanyichukwu Adighije, PhD was his mentor while at the federal revenue mobilization and physical commission, stressing that, he is a descplined man whose mentorship has brought him and many others to an enviable position and urged the council members to tap from his wealth of knowledge and experience for the needed development of the institution, the host community, the State and the Country at large.
The Governor appealed to the council to look into the local content of the state when the choice of the next Vice Chancellor begin and on the request presented, the Governor in his usual magnanimity, promised to approve the certificate of occupancy when all the processes are completed and promised to look into other demands as soon as the financial situation of the state improves.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pharm Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, the Commissioner of education, finance and other members of the state executive councils were present during the meeting.
Highlight of the visit, was an official group photograph with the governor and the council members.
Kogi Education Commissioner Lauds Ongoing Infrastructure Development In COETK, Describes Achievements As Satisfactory
The developemental strides ongoing at the College of Education Technical Kabba has been described as one that is geared towards making the College as one of the best in terms of quality of instruction and learning in the country as envisaged by Gov. Yahaya Bello.
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Kabba, Hon. Wemi Jones made the disclosure while inspecting ongoing projects at the permanent site of the College, with a call for sustained efforts by the Provost and the Management not to rest on there oars.
Hon. Wemi Jones who was in the College for a working visit to inspect the levels of preparation and compliance put in place with the covid19 safety measures put in place ahead of the reopening of the College.
Hon. Wemi Jones lauded the efforts of the Provosts, commended the Provost in building the e- Library Extension, 300 capacity lecture hall, Construction of Business Education Laboratory Building, including offices and laboratory.
He described the Procurement of Education Laboratory Equipment for Business Education Laboratory, the Construction of Home Economics Laboratory Building including offices with work in progress at 70% completion as commendable.
He lauded the Procurement of various Laboratory equipments for the Home Economics Laboratory, Construction of lavatory block with Borehole, Steel Tank and steel Support under, as well as the purchase of some vehicles, described the present administration of Gov. Bello as one that makes education a priority.
The Commissioner commended the present administration’s love for education, disclosing that the administration has put in place lasting and solid legacies that would stand the test of time.
He assured that the present administration would not relent in given the needed attention to the educational sector, assuring that the College of Education Technical Kabba occupies a vital place in the heart of the Gov. Yahaya Bello’s administration.
Earlier in a remarks, Mrs Victoria Olusola Jagboro, Provost College of Education Technical Kabba, lauded Gov. Yahaya Bello for turning around the educational sector, amidst scarce resources, described the Governor as educational friendly.
The Provost disclosed that the efforts to ensure quality of learning and infrastructure is in line with the directives of the present administration, assured that the Management would always do all it can to justify the plan for sustainable education.
She said in a bid to open up the college for Government intervention and partnering efforts is on to expand the revenue base of the College, through establishing a block molding industry for commercial purposes, Introduction of new academic programs, Affiliating the college with University for degree program, Part time NCE program, setting up Skill acquisition program for artisans amongst others.
Zulum Declines Naming Orchard After Himself, Honours Former Governor Shettima
Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment. He however, directed the orchard located at the Borno State University to be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.
“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the University orchard after me, instead, I have directed the orchard to be named after my predecessor. He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, Zulum said.
Governor Zulum was speaking during a flag off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.
This year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years become necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity, Zulum noted.
The Governor added that human activities like bush burning, illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem thereby threatening food security.
Governor Zulum expressed concern on the desertification facing Borno State, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the scenario.
The Governor further said, “Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment.
Zulum also announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.
Besides, the governor also made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.
The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Lawan Buba Walama said one million assorted trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas.
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