BULLETIN: ISSN 1595-1685         FEBRUARY 27, 2017      vol. 10 NO. 7

ISSN 1595-1685                                              FEBRUARY 27, 2017                                       vol. 10 NO. 7



Nnamdi Azikiwe University has started a Diploma Programme in Journalism for practising Journalists. This was made known when the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Vice-Chancellor recently.


Welcoming them, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS welcomed the NUJ Anambra State Chapter to UNIZIK and commended them on the level of their professionalism. NUJ, he said, serves as a mirror to the larger society. He also appreciated the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Stella Okunna for engineering the professional Diploma programme in Journalism in the Department of Mass Communication.

The programme which he said was for those practising Journalism already, is tailored towards improving their skills in Journalism.   Prof. Ahaneku stated that the programme will give the already practising Journalists the opportunity to acquire basic training for their profession, especially those journalists who have background in other discipline.


Furthermore, he opined that the programme is made accessible and affordable for all. Finally, he encouraged them to key into the programme so as to improve their professional skill.

The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra state Chapter, Com. Emma Ifesinachi commended the Vice-Chancellor for the structural and academic development in UNIZIK. He expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor for his unprecedented support to the NUJ and applauded him for kick-starting the Diploma Programme in Journalism in UNIZIK. He added that, NUJ which is an umbrella for Journalists needed to have a core background in Mass Communication before practising. Com. Ifesinachi thanked Prof. Okunna whom he tagged as an asset to the Union for all her support.

In his vote of thanks, the Head, Department of Mass Communication, Dr. Uche Ebeze thanked the VC for his visionary leadership in UNIZIK. He noted the Department’s readiness for the incoming students for the Diploma Programme.




Applications are invited from qualified candidates, particularly Practising Journalists without any qualification in Journalism or Mass Communication for admission into the Professional Diploma in Journalism (PDJ) Programme offered by the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

The programme is aimed at equipping journalists, especially those who have practiced the profession for seven years without any formal qualification in Journalism or Mass Communication, with the theoretical knowledge to remedy their deficiency.


Entry Qualification

At least five O’ Level credits obtained in not more than two sittings, including English Language.


Duration of Programme

The (PDJ) is a part-time programme that is expected to run for a minimum of three semesters of 18 calendar months.


Nature of Programme

The PDJ is a part-time programme in which practising Journalists will attend lectures two to three days in a week between 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. to give them the freedom to attend to their daily professional assignments in the morning hours.


Take-Off of Programme

The programme has been approved to take off on Monday, 13th March, 2017


For further inquiries, contact any of the undersigned:

Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences,



Dr. Victor Uche Ebeze

Head of Mass Communication,



Dr. Chinwe Uzochukwu

Co-coordinator, Diploma Programme




1. ifeanyi-nwakor, Anthonia c. Principal Executive Officer I (Secretarial) Dean’s Office, Physical Sciences DVC (Administration)
2. Ezenne, Ngozi Stella Assistant Registrar University Library Registry, Personnel (Statistics)
3. Okoye, Augustina Admin. Assistant Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology Dept. of Entrepreneurial Studies
4. Ogbaga, Chika David Higher Executive officer Dept. of Political Science Academic Planning
5. Buchi Chinonso Higher Executive Officer Academic Planning Dept. of Political Science
6. Mrs. Nweke, Lucy Senior Sec. Assistant I Dept. of Modern European Languages Dean’s Office, Physical Sciences
7. Chinedu-Okeke, Chinonye Faith Secretarial Assistant I Dept. of Mass Communication Dept. of Modern European Languages
8. Nedum, Felicia Uchenna Asst. Chief Clerical Officer Directorate of Int’l Relations Dept. of Surveying & Geoinformatics
9. Egbe, Chinwe Bertha Executive Officer University Library Dept. of English Language & Literature
10. Agummadu, Stella Snr. Executive Officer Dept. of English Language & Literature Dept. of Political Science
11. Nwafor, Obianuju Christiana Snr. Clerical Officer Dept. of Agric. Economic & Extension Dept. of Mass Communication
12. Ezeiruaku, Maureen A. Snr. Executive Officer Dept of Adult Education Dept. of English Language & Literature



The President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Mr. Anthony Nzom recently commissioned the Tony Nzom Accountancy Researcher Centre in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS on behalf of the University, welcomed the distinguished professional body to UNIZIK.  He praised them for fulfilling their promise despite the economic situation in the country.

Speaking further, Prof. Ahaneku thanked Prof. Osisioma whom he described as the doyen of Accountancy, for initiating the project.  He promised them that their investment shall be nurtured but urged them to critique what is done in UNIZIK for better output and development.


In his speech, The President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, Mr. Anthony Nzom said that he is personally attached to UNIZIK because three of his children graduated from the institution.

Highlight of the occasion was the commissioning of Tony Nzom Accountancy Research Centre by the ANAN President, Mr. Anthony Nzom.




A professor of Ceramic and Arts, in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Prof. Emman Nwafor C. Okunna has delivered the 35th Inaugural lecture of Nnamdi Azikiwe University recently at the University Auditorium. The lecture which was titled, “Waste to Wealth Possibilities: the struggle that is Ceramics practice in Nigeria”, had the presence of Professors of the University, Deans, HODS, Lecturers, Non-teaching Staff, Students, family members of the lecturer, friends and well-wishers in attendance.


Speaking during the lecture, Prof. Emman Okunna started with the history and ventilated the modest efforts in the area of Ceramics development. He explained that technology in ceramics brought far-reaching and positive effects, which brought with it, increased production with the potter’s wheel. The Professor of Ceramic explained that the essence of ceramic introduction was a very remarkable feature of the womenfolk even when there has not been any known legislation.

Furthermore, he enumerated the challenges confronting ceramics practice in Nigeria as follows; finance, crisis in identity, inadequacy of power, multiple tax burden and lack of training. Consequently, he stated that the challenges that have bedeviled the ceramics industry in Nigeria have been so overwhelming that they have taken their tolls in the industry while some of the manufacturing outfits have gone under, others struggle to exist. Prof. okunna advised the youths to use not only their brains but also their hands because with ceramic there are opportunities to be gainfully employed not only for oneself but for others and opportunities to create wealth, and add to the overall economic development of the country.


Finally, Prof. Emman expressed his appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor and also thanked the inaugural lecture committee for the opportunity accorded him.

In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS who was represented by the DVC (Academic), Prof. Charles O. Esimone welcomed and thanked all for coming to celebrate our own professor. He congratulated the inaugural lecturer for sharing from his wealth of knowledge.  According to him, Inaugural lecture is not an end but the beginning of further research for the betterment of the society.


In her vote of thanks, the Chairperson of the Inaugural Lecture Committee, Prof. Amechi Oyeka expressed joy at the success of the 35th Inaugural lecture and thanked all for coming out en masse, while urging that it is good to make it a point of duty to attend inaugural lectures in the University. According to her, the next inaugural lecture will be in April, 2017 by Prof. Tina Okoye of the Faculty of Arts.


Highlight of the Lecture was the decoration of Prof. Emman C. Okunna as the 35th Inaugural Lecturer by the DVC (Academic). Prof. Esimone also unveiled the Art works displaced by the Department.



The Chapel of Redemption Women Ministry has called on the University Community for placement of advert/goodwill messages for the 2017 mothering Sunday.  The subscription rates are as follows:


  1. Back cover page –        30,000.00
  2. Inside back page –        20,000.00
  3. Centre spread –        30,000.00
  4. Full page (coloured) –        10,000.00
  5. ½ page (coloured) –          5,000.00
  6. ¼ page (coloured –          3,000.00


The deadline for the subscription is on or before 16th March, 2017.  Submit to the Chairperson, Mothering Sunday Committee, Mrs. Ifeoma Onwubuya (08035449594) or to the Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, Mrs. Kelechi Okafor (08104979393).



A professor of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, UNIZIK, Prof. Felix E. Emele has been presented with the 2017 Global Health Travel Award by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. According to a letter signed by the Scholarships Coordinator, Jeff Lehman, Prof. Emele’s award will be fully sponsored to the keystone symposium on Cancer Immunology taking place in British Columbia in March, 2017.

It is worthy to note that out of the sixty (60) Scientists and Physicians from different parts of the world, who were considered for the award, eight (8) recipients and Prof. Emele is the only Nigerian among the two Africans that received the award.


Keystone Symposia considers the award as a very prestigious and valuable experience not only to the award winner, but to those they work with.


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS has considered the report of the Acting Chief Security Officer on the allegation that Onwudiwe, Samuel C., Assistant patrol Supervisor, Security Department has been constantly found wanting in the discharge of his duties as he comes to work at will and absents himself from duty without permission and is of the opinion that a prima facie case of misconduct has been made against him.


Consequent upon the above, the Vice-Chancellor has directed that Onwudiwe Samuel be suspended from duty and he is hereby suspended for three (3) months in the first instance. The suspension takes effects from this month.


During the period of suspension, he will be paid half salary while his case will be referred to the Junior Staff Disciplinary Committee for detailed investigation and recommendations as appropriate. He is to hand over all the University property in his care to his Head of Unit before he proceeds on the suspension.



UNIZIK 94.1 F. M. has commenced a shout-out Programme for all Deans in Nnamdi Azikiwe University. This is a “Getting-to-know-you” Programme designed to enable our numerous listeners within and outside UNIZIK to get to know the distinguished scholars who are occupying the lofty positions of Deans in various Faculties and similar Units and provide an opportunity for each Dean to give a shout-out to people close to their hearts.



The University community on Thursday, 23rd of February, 2017 bade Prof. Alex Mbachu of the Faculty of Management Sciences farewell during a commendation service held in his honour at the University Auditorium.

Welcoming staff of the University, relatives, friends and well-wishers of the late Prof. Mbachu to the commendation service, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS represented by DVC (Acad), Prof. Charles Esimone stated that the late Prof. Alex Mbachu has made his mark both in his Department and the University.  Prof. Esimone described him as the doyen of Banking and Finance. He consoled his family members and urged everyone present to prepare to meet God because we know neither the day nor the time that death will knock on our doors.


In the homily, Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Onwuzulike stated that, it is better to go to the house of funeral than in a place of celebration because at funerals, we would have opportunity to reflect about our lives knowing that everyone of us would one day die and shall render our stewardship to the Creator.


Prof. Pita Ejiofor in his remarks narrated “the seven apostles” of Management Sciences from ASUTECH in 1992 to UNIZIK era, that started the Faculty of Management Sciences of which Prof. Mbachu was one of them.  Speaking further, Prof. Ejiofor consoled the family and added that death is inevitable for all mortals.


In a vote of thanks, the younger brother to Prof. A. Mbachu, Mr. Emmanuel Mbachu C. thanked the University community especially the vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ahaneku for the show of love to the family.  He prayed God to abundantly bless everybody.




As Part of contribution to growing Africa’s digital economy, Google has announced its commitment to train one (1) million young people in Africa on digital skills through its program, “Google online marketing challenge (GOMC)”.


Africans between the ages of 18 – 35 years will be equipped with digital skills and tools to help them build online presence, create content, understand web design and user experience, social media, app development etc.


To achieve this, Tway Media Ltd., a digital education provider has been sponsored by Google to deliver training to youth across Nigeria as part of its Digital Skills for Africa Initiative.  Due to this sponsorship, the trainers and the content for training are offered to all participants free of charge.


Tway Media Ltd., an agent for the Google Online Marketing Challenge, will be onboarding tertiary institutions across Nigeria to develop teams and participate in the contest.


Registrations are now open. Visit the GOMC website to find out more information and register on www.google.com/onlinechallenge


For Questions:  [email protected]




Researcher Connect is a professional development course for researchers that focus on communication skills for international multicultural contexts.  The course is designed specifically for early and mid-career researchers, but particular aspects are also of benefit to more experienced members of the research community.  The training provides participants with the insights, understanding and tools to communicate effectively, whatever the situation or context.

Researcher connect has been built on extensive global market research, and successfully run in Europe Middle East and North Africa, South and East Asia and the Americas.  Further information about the programme is available here: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/british-council-research-connect.


British Council Nigeria will be launching its Pilot Researcher Connect workshop in the region which is open to the entire HE sector. Applications are invited from early to mid-career researchers from Nigeria.

Academics that meet the criteria can apply.


Application Criteria

  1. This call is open to academics that have completed their Doctorate Degree (PhD) within the last 10 years and currently working in a Government approved Nigerian University or Polytechnic.



To Apply:

In 1500 words or fewer please outline the importance of academic collaboration to your research or to a piece of research you would like to undertake.  Please summarise the potentials and desired impact of this work, the journals you may wish to approach for publication and how the research may be funded. Please forward all applications via email to [email protected].


Application is open from 24th January – 20th February, 2017.  Selected applicants will be informed in the week beginning from 20th February, 2017.  The training will take place from 14th March, 2017 in Lagos.

Travel and accommodation costs in Lagos will be the responsibility of applicants and/or their respective institutions.





Nigerian Institute of Management (Charted) UNIZIK Chapter is set to hold meeting soon.


Date:    Thursday, 2nd March, 2017

Time:    12:00noon Prompt

Venue: Faculty of Management Sciences Board Room


Application forms will be available for all intending members.





DURATION OF THE PROGRAMMES:  The Programmes are of:

  1. Four (4) years duration and
  2. 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.





Adult Education / Accounting

Adult Education / Marketing

Adult Education / Economics

Adult Education / Mass Communication

Adult Education / Political Science



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



Education / English

Education / Igbo

Education / Religious Studies

Education / History

Education / Music

Education / Political Science

Education / Economics

Education / French

Education / Fine and Applied Arts



Guidance and Counselling/Health Education

Guidance and Counselling

Guidance and Counselling/Biology

Guidance and Counselling/Economics



Science Education / Biology

Science Education / Chemistry

Science Education / Integrated Science

Science Education / Mathematics

Science Education / Physics

Science Education / Computer



Business Education (Accounting, Commerce

& Cooperative & Secretarial Technology)

Technical Education (Building/Woodwork,

Electrical/Electronics, Auto/Mech).






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:

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08035324167 and 08137588973







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:


  1. Monday, 13th March, 2017

Interdenominational Service

Venue: University Auditorium

Time:  11.00 a.m.


  1. a) Tuesday, 14th March, 2017

The Vice-Chancellor’s Press Conference

            Venue: Vice-Chancellor’s Office

Time: 11.00 a.m.


  1. b) Presentation of Prizes to the best graduating students

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: University Auditorium


  1. 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.


  1. Thursday, 16th March, 2017

Award of First Degree

Venue:  Convocation Arena

Time:    11.00 a.m.


  1. Friday, 17th March, 2017
  2. a) Commissioning of newly completed projects by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to Nnamdi Azikiwe University or his representative.


  1. b) Award of Postgraduate and Honorary Degrees

Venue: Convocation Arena

Time:11.00 a.m.


Notice to all Graduands

Graduands are please requested to note the following:

  1. It is mandatory for all Graduands to pay for the following items irrespective of attendance to the Convocation Ceremony
  2. a) Order of Proceedings
  3. b) Academic Outfits
  4. c) Certificate Scrolls
  5. d) UNIZIK Handbook
  6. e) UNIZIK Tshirt and cap


Convocation Fees

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. Graduands must present evidence of payment before they can collect Convocation materials.
  2. Collection of Convocation materials commences on Monday, 13th March, 2017.
  3. 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.



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


Security Notice:

  1. Luggages and bags will not be allowed into the Convocation Arena.
  2. Parking lots are designated and can only be used on presentation of parking card and invitation card
  3. University Security Personnel and other Security Agencies will direct all Vehicles to the designated parking lots.
  4. No form of hawking of any item will be allowed near the Convocation Arena
  5. For further inquiries please send email to [email protected]

You are sincerely welcome to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.


Dr. Ike H. Isidienu, FCAI



1. Ozugbe, Anthonia Ngozi Okoli, Anthonia Ngozi Exams Unit



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 Biotech 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, 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 Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS regrets to announce the demise of:



  • Gladys Nwuka Ekemezie (nee Nwoji) whose death occurred 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.
  • Julius Maduewesi, whose death occurred on the 14th of December 2016 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi. He was aged 70 years. He was buried on Friday, 24th February 2017 at his home town Igbo-Ukwu. Until his death, he was the father of Engr. Victor U. Maduewesi of the Department of Geological Sciences.


  • Comfort Ajuka Abiaka, who died on Monday, 23rd January, 2017. Aged 64. She was buried on Friday, 17th February, 2017 at her husband’s Compound in Umuadamoche, Umuele, Ihiagwa, Owerri-West L.G.A of Imo State. Until her death, she was the mother of Ogbonna Anya Chinwendu, a staff at Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies




Please if you have any information on any matter bothering you ranging from extortion of money, sexual harassment, intimidation or bad work habit. Kindly send a text to the following numbers 08136006205, 08063786022 and the Vice-Chancellor will investigate and take action. Confidentiality is assured.


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