ISSN 1595-1685 FEBRUARY 20, 2017 vol. 10 NO. 6
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SKILL ACQUISITION ARE BEDROCK TO TACKLE THE MENACE OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA” PROF. J. AHANEKU
Entrepreneurship and Skill Acquisition have been said to be the bedrock on which small and medium scale enterprises are built. This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS at the 2017 National Books and Educational Material Distribution Ceremony of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) held recently at Oraifite in Ekwusigo LGA, Anambra State.
The Keynote Presenter, Prof. Ahaneku posits that the challenges of Nigeria’s education system and its socio-economic development have not been so much of standard as that of failure to articulate the curriculum, pedagogy, funding and even exert the overall commitment to strive to attain the set standard.
Nigeria’s educational system, he said, has continued to be riveted on certificate acquisition for seeking white collar jobs in the process, producing unemployable graduands in a socio-economic milieu that demands skills and entrepreneurship. He opined that the way forward to economic development for a developing economy lies in education, with strong emphasis on entrepreneurship and skill acquistion. Entrepreneurial education he said, seeks to equip the student with the necessary knowledge, skills and motivation to develop the entrepreneurial spirit necessary for success in the increasingly competitive local and global environement. Prof. Ahaneku recommended that concerted efforts should be made to introduce entrepreneurial and vocational education at the primary school level, even if it is elementary. He concluded by thanking Sir Emeka Offor and the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in collaboration with Books for Africa for this highly commendable venture of the annual presentation of books and educational materials to schools in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the occasion, the former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani thanked and appreciated Sir Emeka Offor for having the mind to help others by making sure that the future of Nigerian children are secured through the donation of Educational materials and urged other well meaning Nigerians to emulate such kind gesture. He also congratulated the members of the board of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation for their commitment all these years. Finally, he called on Institutions, Secondary and Primary Schools to make sure that they put into good use the donated materials so as to revive the reading habits.
The Honorable Commisioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenghua thanked and commended Sir Emeka Offor for his vision and love for Education. She said that the donation of the Educational materials will help to increase the reading culture in our schools, which was in line with what the State Government is doing to imbibie the reading culture in students. The honourable Commisioner added that this administration treasured this donation and promised that the books will be judiciously be put in good use.
The CEO of the Foundation, Sir Emeka Offor thanked God for the grace and prayed God’s continuous blessings upon all. According to him, he was happy to be able to contribute his own quota towards reduction in human stress and bring succour to the society.
In his welcome address, the Coordinator, SEOF, Hon. Sir Tony A. Obi welcomed all to the 4th Annual Books and Educational Material Distribution Ceremony. He gave brief histroy of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation which was a charitable, non-governmental organization aimed at providing succour to the needy towards becoming independent and self-sufficient in the society. SEOF carries the activities under the aegis; Educational Services Scheme, Health Service Scheme, Empowerment Services Scheme and Infrastructural Development Scheme. Furthermore, he stated that more than 120 Tertiary, 300 Secondary and 400 Primary Schools have benefited in Nigeria alone since the inception of the foundation. Equally, aboout 19 countries in Africa have benefited from the foundation. He promised that SEOF will continue to explore and expand its scope through value added programmes for the betterment of the society.
Highlight of the ceremony was the Symbolic Presentation of Books to Beneficiary institutions which UNIZIK was one of them by His Execellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okolocha.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS has laid the foundation for the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Women Association intended Bakery, domiciled within the University.
Speaking during the foundation laying, the Vice-Chancellor beckoned on God’s divine guidance and direction as NAUWA begins the major project, which he said would be beneficial to everyone. Moreso, he prayed for God’s protection on everyone who would be part of the building process, adding that it shall yield growth and progress for the University. Prof. Ahaneku concluded by urging others to cue into such ventures, as it would enhance the reputation of the University and the nation at large.
In her vote of thanks, the wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gladys Ahaneku thanked the VC and the University Management for their support to NAUWA since its inception. She expressed hope that in a couple of months, the Bakery would begin production of bread and other snacks.
The new students of Continuing Education Programme (CEP) have been told to always attend at least 75% of all lectures and practical for them to be allowed to write examinations. This was said by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Charles O. Esimone who represented the Vice-Chancellor at the 2016/2017 Orientation of New CEP Students held recently at the University Auditorium.
While declaring the Ceremony open, he congratulated the new students of CEP and urged them to make judicious use of their stay in the University by allowing the University to pass through them. Prof. Esimone advised them to always make use of the General Academic Regulation (GAR) for their guide throughout their stay in the University. He also admonished the students on the importance of payment of fees and as well as avoiding some vices that could lead to suspension or total expulsion from the University. Some of these vices include; examination misconduct, Certificate forgery, Cultism, amongst others.
The Director of CEP, Prof. Ada-Sam Omenyi echoed her congratulations to the new CEP Students and called on them to be seriously minded with their studies. She also reiterated on the importance of lecture attendance and to also write attendance. The Director encouraged the new Students to pass through school and let school pass through them as well.
The highligt of the ceremony was the Orientation Lectures by the Ag. Chief Medical Director, Dr. Patrick Ezeno who talked on Health Issues/Facilities at the University Medical Centre, followed by the Director, Academic Planning (DAP) Prof. F.J. Odibo who was represented by Prof. Eric Ofoedu who talked extensively on the importance of Maintaining Good Academic Grades. The University Librarian, Prof. Obiora Nwosu who was represented by Mr. Ogbonna Andrew talked on the Use of Library/E-Library Resources, among other speakers.
The Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, UNIZIK held a forum and interactive session recently at the CBN Hall.
Declaring the event open, the Head of the Department, Prof. Ogu Okey Charles explained that the aim of the forum and interactive session was to enlighten the students of what they do not know and also state their problems to the Department for solutions. This is aimed at building a good staff/students relationship
Speaking during the occasion, The Deputy Registrar, Mr. Sam Ufoh cautioned the students on bad behaviours like, indecent dressing, and non-chalant attitude towards their education. He urged them to be conscious of their purpose for coming to the University
The occasion was graced by students who utilised the opportunity given to them to bare their minds on the problems that have been bothering them believing that it will be addressed by the Department.
The Centre for Arts, Culture and Humanities (CACH), recently held its first UNIZIK roundtable tagged: “Liberal Education and National Development” at the University Auditorium.
Declaring the event open, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS welcomed the discussants, staff and students to the occasion. He stated that philosophy is an academic discipline that seeks truth through reasoning, rather than empiricism.
Speaking further, Prof. Ahaneku opined that the gain of philosophy should be applied by the University in solving problems because the University is a problem solving entity. He advised students to widen their knowledge and define their purpose for coming to the University.
The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Emeka Ezeonu in his speech, advised students to always ask questions, leave their comfort zone, and embrace liberal education, which will enhance their critical thinking and broad knowledge.
The Guest Speaker, Prof. Andy Efemini said that: ‘Liberal Education is for free human beings with ethics, sense of value and civil engagement’. To National Development, Liberal education will help produce persons who are open minded, free from bias and will not relegate reasons to the background. Its products will be reflective of their actions. It will also help to rediscover individuals in the country, Prof. Efemini remarked.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Acad), Prof. C. Esimone who was also one of the discussants in the forum, advised students to embrace liberal education because they are the future leaders who need critical mind to analyse situations and proffer solutions. He urged them not to leave the University half baked, but allow the University to emancipate them into making good choices.
Prof. Esimone enumerated the following as what liberal education could contribute to the economy: Good policy, political participation, cohesion of society, brand-rain, globalization and good ideas.
Another discussant, Dr. Okey Ikechukwu, introduced liberal education as a broad knowledge of what is right or wrong and not what one reads. Explaining further, he stated that GS Courses were introduced in the University Curriculum to give students liberal education. Dr. Ikechukwu advised students to help themselves because development is a multi-dynamic concept that must be achieved through human beings for national development.
The Director, General Studies, Rev. Fr. Prof. J. O. Oguejiofor stated that liberal education is aimed at empowerment and values, not the process. He continued by saying that a land without justice is not liberal and that liberal education will help us view things critically.
The immediate past Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof. C. C. Ihueze in his contribution, described liberal education as old as man. Liberal education is aimed at training individuals to handle complexities. Prof. Ihueze urged all to be part of the family for national development.
Dr. (Mrs.) Ufelel Angela N. of the Department of Zoology and Dr. Ikechukwu Okoli of the Department of Applied Microbiology have been elected sub-Dean and Faculty Representative in Senate respectively. The Election took place at the 17th Statutory Board meeting of the Faculty of Biosciences held on Monday 13th of February, 2017.
According to the Dean, Faculty of Biosciences, Prof. Alex Izundu, the elected staff replaced Dr. I. O. Igwilo and Prof. D. N. Aribodor whose tenures had elapsed as sub-Dean and Faculty representative in Council respectively.
The 35th Nnamdi Azikiwe University Inaugural Lecture is slated to hold as follows:
Date: Thursday, 23rd February, 2017
Venue: University Auditorium
Time: 11.00 a.m. prompt
The Lecture shall be delivered by a professor of Ceramics and Art History, Prof. Emman Nwafor C. Okunna.
The Faculty of Biosciences at its 17th Statutory Board meeting held on Monday, 13th February, 2017 appointed Prof. Frank Ogbo as Editor-in-Chief of the Bioscience.
The Bioscientist is a journal of the Faculty of Biosciences. It publishes high quality solicited and unsolicited articles in English, in all aspects of Biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, botany, Parasitology and entomology, molecular biology, genetics and all spheres of bioscience and bioenvironment.
THE SANDWICH PROGRAMME OF UNIZIK, AWKA OFFERS VARIOUS COURSES LEADING TO THE AWARD OF BACHELORS DEGREE IN EDUCATION DURING EASTER AND LONG VACATION PERIODS
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES: The Programmes are of:
- Four (4) years duration and
- Five (5) years duration, depending on one’s level of passes in NCE, OND, HND AND UNIZIK DIPLOMA AND NABTEB A’ LEVEL.
Plus credit level passes in relevant subjects in S.S.C.E., G.C.E., W.A.S.C., T.C.II or their equivalents.
- DEPARTMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION:
Adult Education / Accounting
Adult Education / Marketing
Adult Education / Economics
Adult Education / Mass Communication
Adult Education / Political Science
- EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND POLICY:
Educational Mgt. and Policy/Accountancy
Edu. Mgt. and Policy/Business Administration
Educational Mgt and Policy/Computer Sciences
Edu. Mgt and Policy/Co-operative Econs & Mgt
Educational Mgt and Policy / Economics
Educational Management and Policy/English
Educational Mgt and Policy/Health Education
Educational Mgt and Policy / Political Science
Educational Management and Policy/Igbo
Educational Management and Policy/History
Educational Management and Policy/CRK
Educational Management and Policy/Music
- EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS:
Education / English
Education / Igbo
Education / Religious Studies
Education / History
Education / Music
Education / Political Science
Education / Economics
Education / French
Education / Fine and Applied Arts
- DEPT OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
Guidance and Counselling/Health Education
Guidance and Counselling
Guidance and Counselling/Biology
Guidance and Counselling/Economics
- DEPRTMENT OF SCIENCE EDUCATION
Science Education / Biology
Science Education / Chemistry
Science Education / Integrated Science
Science Education / Mathematics
Science Education / Physics
Science Education / Computer
- DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
Business Education (Accounting, Commerce
& Cooperative & Secretarial Technology)
Technical Education (Building/Woodwork,
- DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN KINETICS AND HEALTH EDUCATION
- DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
Procedure for Purchase of Sandwich form
Step 1: Generate Remita for payment @ the ICT Centre in Utility Hall 6.
Step 2: Go to bank, make your payment with the Remita printout.
Step 3: Come back to the ICT Centre for confirmation of payment and filling of the Sandwich application form.
Step 4: Submit a copy to the Sandwich Office
For further Enquiries contact:
08035324167 and 08137588973
PROF. U. J. OBIDIEGWU
DIRECTOR, SANDWICH UNIT
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION INTO PROFESSIONAL AND PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY CHIKE OKOLI CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES (COCES)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admissions to the professional and proficiency Certificate Programmes offered by Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies (COCES), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The programmes are aimed at imparting entrepreneurial education and practical skills training and life-long skills in people who desire them and the certificate programmes are expected to run for varying durations as follows:
- Certificate Programme
The programme hopes to inculcate entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour among course participants by exposing them to classroom lectures and practice-oriented sessions. After classroom work, the course participant will be transferred to the business/skills incubation unit of COCES for actualisation of specific business plan and later graduates into the world as a practising entrepreneur.
These practical skills training are available:-
- a) Information Communication Technology
- Computer Aided Design (Auto CAD & ArchiCAD 2D & 3D)
- c) Knitting and Beading
- d) Wirework/Beading
- e) Confectionery/Cookery
- Millinery (Hat making)
- Fashion Designing
- Shoe and Bag making
- Bee Keeping & Honey Production
- Auto Mechanics
- Paint Production
- Household Chemicals Production
- Fishery & Aquatic Management
- Woodwork Technology
- Snail Rearing
- Electrical Work
- Welding & Fabrication
- Makeover & Gele Artistry
- Grass Cutter Production
- Rabbit Production
- White Rat Production
At least five O’ level passes including English Language and Mathematics
Certificate Programme runs for a minimum of six months and a maximum of one year.
Purchase of Application Forms
The cost of the application form is Eight Thousand Naira (N8,000.00) only using the remita UNIZIK Professional & Proficiency Certificate Programme Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies. Candidates are requested to come to Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (COCES) for the forms after payment.
- Skill Acquisition Programme
Candidates should come to the Centre to learn the skills listed above.
There is no entry requirement for learning any of the practical skills listed above.
Three months (3 months).
Prof Ngozi Anyikwa
|11th Convocation Ceremonies:Information to Graduands
This is to inform the 2015/2016 Graduands of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, parents/Guardians, Alumni of the University and the Public that activities marking the 11th Convocation Ceremonies of the University for the award of First and Higher Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates, Presentation of Prizes and Award of Honorary Degree will take place from Monday, 13th to Friday, 17th March, 2017.
Details of the activities which will commence on Monday, 13th March, 2017 are as follows:
- Monday, 13th March, 2017
Venue: University Auditorium
Time: 11.00 a.m.
- a) Tuesday, 14th March, 2017
The Vice-Chancellor’s Press Conference
Venue: Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Time: 11.00 a.m.
- b) Presentation of Prizes to the best graduating students
Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: University Auditorium
- Wednesday, 15th March, 2017
Convocation Lecture by the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Mni
Topic: National Unity, Governance and the Right Against Corruption
Venue: University Auditorium
Time: 1.00 p.m.
- Thursday, 16th March, 2017
Award of First Degree
Venue: Convocation Arena
Time: 11.00 a.m.
- Friday, 17th March, 2017
- a) Commissioning of newly completed projects by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to Nnamdi Azikiwe University or his representative.
- b) Award of Postgraduate and Honorary Degrees
Venue: Convocation Arena
Notice to all Graduands
Graduands are please requested to note the following:
- It is mandatory for all Graduands to pay for the following items irrespective of attendance to the Convocation Ceremony
- a) Order of Proceedings
- b) Academic Outfits
- c) Certificate Scrolls
- d) UNIZIK Handbook
- e) UNIZIK Tshirt and cap
- First Degree -N10,000.00
- Masters Degree and Postgraduate Diplomas – N15,000.00
- D. – If the Graduand wants to purchase the academic gown
(Including all the above items) as listed in I (a-e) – N50, 000.00
- D. – if the Graduand wants to hire academic gown (including the above items as listed in I (a-e) above – N25,000.00
- All Graduands are expected to dress in full appropriate wear (i.e. suit, shirt and tie for men and skirt suit/skirt and blouse or gown for ladies) or full national dress.
- Academic outfits for all first degree Graduands will be collected at the Faculties.
III. Academic outfits/materials for Higher Degrees will be collected at the School of Postgraduate Studies.
- Graduands must present evidence of payment before they can collect Convocation materials.
- Collection of Convocation materials commences on Monday, 13th March, 2017.
- All hired academic outfits/gowns should be returned by the Graduands to their respective collection points not later than Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Gowns returned after that date will attract penalty.
VII. All Graduands are to assemble at the School of Postgraduate Studies (Opposite the Convocation Arena) by 9.00 a.m. for the commencement of Procession each day.
VIII. It is compulsory for all Graduands to participate in the academic procession and to put on the approved academic regalia.
MODE OF PAYMENT
All payments to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka should be made through the following procedure:
- Log into Remitta.net
- Click on pay a Federal Government Agency
- Under the name of MDA type Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
- Click on Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
- Go to name of Service purpose and click on box
- Select Convocation fees, fill out the required information
- Print out or copy the Remita Retrieval Reference (RRR) number
- Take the RRR number to any bank of your choice nation -wide and make payments.
- Payment will begin on Monday, 20th 2017
- Luggages and bags will not be allowed into the Convocation Arena.
- Parking lots are designated and can only be used on presentation of parking card and invitation card
- University Security Personnel and other Security Agencies will direct all Vehicles to the designated parking lots.
- No form of hawking of any item will be allowed near the Convocation Arena
- For further inquiries please send email to [email protected]
You are sincerely welcome to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Ike H. Isidienu, FCAI
The family of Oba D. A. Nwandu of Enugwu-Ukwu has written to inform the University of the Plan to have the Centre for Architectural Research Centre commissioned in honour of their late father, Oba D. A. Nwandu’s memorial, on 5th of May, 2017, (36 years after his demise).
Also, there will be an inaugural lecture in the late Nwandu’s honour which will be part of the activity of the day.
|1.||Engr. Prof. Harold C. Godwin||18th August, 2022|
|2.||Prof. Gabriel Anene||20th October, 2022|
|3.||Prof. Akujobi, Comfort Nne||8th December, 2022|
The Faculty of social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, has lost one of its own, Prof. Norbert Nodulu Okoye. Burial Arrangement: Wednesday, 22nd February, 2017 – Body arrive Faculty of Social Sciences, Quadrangle by 10.00 a.m.; 24th February, 2017 – Burial Ceremonies at his family home, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local government, Anambra State.
One of the Foundation Staff of the University, Prof. G. U. Okereke is dead. He died on 26th of December, 2016 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu State after a brief illness.
He was variously Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Pioneer director of the Biotechnology Centre and Chairman of the committee on the University history.
He was the husband of Mrs. Victoria Ifeoma Okereke, a retired staff of the University, brother of Engineer Okey Okereke of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Ada Anyamene, Department of Guidance and Counselling and brother-in-law to Professor Chris Anyamene of the Department of Applied Microbiology and Brewing. Electronic copies of condolence messages can be sent to [email protected] or by hand to Dr. Ada Anyamene. Details of the funeral arrangement will be forwarded later.
The Head, Department of Psychology Loses Brother
The Head, Department of Psychology, Dr. Harry Obi-Nwosu has lost his brother, late Bennette Obi-Nwosu after a brief illness. Burial Arrangement: Saturday, 25th of February, 2017 – Burial Service at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Umudioka. Until his death, Mr. Bennette was a PhD student of the Department of Accountancy, UNIZIK.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS regrets to announce the demise of:
- Gladys Nwuka Ekemezie (nee Nwoji) on 4th of January, 2017. She died at the age of 80. Her funeral rites commence on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 at Umunono, Umuanum Village, Nibo. Until her death, she was the mother of Ugwu, Bred-Jessy C., a staff of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, UNIZIK.
- Ifeyinwa Chikodili Okpala who died on 4th of December, 2016. Until her death, she was the mother of Okpala Ekene, Okpala Tochukwu, Moneke Nneka and mother-in-law to Moneke Joseph, all in Security Department. The burial is scheduled to hold on 2nd March, 2017 at Okpala Chianumba’s Compound, Umuabu Village, Adazi-enu.
- Alex U. Mbachu, who died on December, 29th 2016 at UNTH, Enugu. Until his death, he was a professor of Financial Management and Strategy in the Department of Banking and Finance, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The burial and other arrangements will be dully communicated later.
- Egenti Robert Ubabunike, who died on the 1st of January, 2017. His burial will take place on Friday 24th February, 2017 at his compound, Osile village, Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. Until his death, the late Hon. Egenti was the husband to Mrs. Egenti Pauline, an Assistant Chief Executive Officer attached to the CEP Unit.
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