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.