BULLETIN: ISSN 1595-1685    February 6, 2017      vol. 10 NO. 4

ISSN 1595-1685                                              FEBRUARY 6, 2017                                         vol. 10 NO. 4


The Orientation exercise for the 2016/2017 CEP First Year Students has been scheduled as follows:

Date:        Friday, 17th February, 2017

Time:        12.oon prompt

Venue:    University Auditorium

 


Nnamdi Azikiwe University has been recognized with a Merit Award by the Association of Anambra Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (AACCIMA), as the most Technological and Innovative participant at the 2016 Anambra Trade Fair (The Jubilee Fair), held from the 25th of November to the 9th of December, 2016 at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka Anambra State.

 

 

 

The Anambra State Commander, Corp Commander Sunday Ajayi has urged the University Community on the need for safe driving on the road.  The commander made this known during the 9.30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, where the sector came for thanksgiving.

 

According to him, we are all stakeholders on the road, hence, the need for everyone to be concerned.  He said that negligence and carelessness were the major reasons for road accident.

He commended the Anambra state governor, His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano for his effort towards curbing road accident, especially during the yuletide.  Commander Ajayi noted the following as few tips for safe driving:

 

  • Be knowledgeable about the road, i.e. you must go to a driving school
  • Don’t drive when you are drunk
  • Don’t take one way
  • Don’t over-speed
  • Don’t use your phone while driving
  • Don’t use expired tires
  • Use your seat belt always
  • Don’t give out your keys anyhow to anyone/children
  • Show love to yourself and others on the road

 

Moreso, he advised those who wish to cross the road to use the pedestrian bridge, and always look very well before crossing if you are not using the pedestrain.

 

In his vote of thanks, Rev. Fr. Basil Ucheonwe who visited the Chaplaincy to celebrate Mass with the chaplaincy vicar, Rev. Fr. Charles Maduekwe thanked the Sector Commander and his team for coming to give tips to save lives.  He urged that the law should take the lead when people err on traffic laws, no matter who is involved.  Again, he thanked the FRSC for maintaining order on the road, while emphasizing on the need to do more.

 

The 52nd president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Deacon Titus Alao Seotan, FCA visited Nnamdi Azikiwe University on a courtesy call recently. The visit which was led by the Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Kanayo Nkanebe, was aimed at interacting with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS and the staff, especially those who are members of the institute. Knowing full well that the University have many staff who are ICAN members, it was an opportunity to meet with them one on one. Also, he had an interactive session with the students of the Department of Accountancy on ways to help them become Chartered accountants, before or after graduation.

 

It is worthy to note that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) is a professional accountancy body in Nigeria. It is one of the two professional accountancy associations with regulatory authority in Nigeria, the other being the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). ICAN has the mission statement: “To Produce World-Class Chartered Accountants, Regulate and Continuously Enhance Their Ethical Standards and Technical Competence in the Public Interest.

 

Speaking during the visit, the Vice-Chancellor thanked the president and his team for coming to UNIZIK. He said his visit would re-assure the students that becoming a chartered accountant is achievable. The University, he said, is aimed at training manpower for the development of the country, hence when such visits come up, it is very well appreciated. Prof. Ahaneku urged  staff of the university who are not part of ICAN, to try and do so, as it would give them edge and balance in terms of accessibility and mobility.


 

maintain the good name and reputation attained by the University,  Prof. Udedi charges the newly elected SUG officials

 

The Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. Stan Udedi has advised the newly elected Students’ Union Government officials to maintain the good name and reputation of the University in all their dealings.  He made this known during the leadership training and inauguration ceremony of the SUG officials.

 

Prof. Udedi stated that the essence of the training was to enlighten them on how to produce functional, dedicated, focused and vibrant students’ Union Government in UNIZIK.  He added that the training will also enable the students to be fully armed for the task ahead.  He expressed hope that the new executive members will propel the image of UNIZIK to an enviable height.

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. J. E. Ahaneku, FAS congratulated the newly elected SUG and advised them to emulate Zik of Africa whom the University is named after as their role model, so as to enable them attain leadership excellence.  The Vice-Chancellor who spoke on visionary leadership, encouraged them to set targets for themselves, be focused and determined, so as to succeed as good leaders.  He reiterated that their humility, honesty, respect, and endurance will be tested.  Prof. Ahaneku acquainted them that they are primarily here to realize their ambition and carrier for better citizens in life.

He also promised them of his maximum support for the smooth running of their government.

 

Speaking also were the guest lecturers, the former Vice-Chancellor of Hezekiah University and staff of the University, Prof. Emeka Ezeonu.  He spoke extensively on leadership and Development, while the ASSU chairperson, Prof. Dennis Aribodor talked on Strategic Leadership.

 

The former Dean, Students’ Affairs and Professor of Law, Prof. Kenn Nwogu spoke elaborately on the topic: leadership and the law.

The Director, UNIZIK Business School, prof. Au Nnonyelu talked on the topic: leadership, stewardship and financial management, Ms Nkoli Obianyo of the Department of Political Science talked on: Gender Perspective in leadership.  The Chief Security of the University, Mr. Lawrence Okeke was not left out, as he talked on leadership and security.

 

In his acceptance speech, the SUG President, Comrade Nwambu Nwabueze Henry said it was a great honour and priviledge to serve his fellow students.  He called on the students to embrace service, so as to move UNIZIK forward.  According to him, he would always organize congresses for the students because constant dialogue is the key to solving problems.  Comrade Nwabueze promised to restructure the transport sector in UNIZIK and to always carry all the faculties along.

In his vote of thanks, the Sub Dean, Students’ Affairs, Dr. Emma Anakwuba thanked the Vice-Chancellor for his support to the Unit.  He also appreciated the Dean, Students’ Affairs and the guest lecturers for sharing their wealth of knowledge and prayed God to bless them all.  Dr. Emma urged the students to put into practice what they have learnt from the training so as to excel in all their endeavour.

The highlight of the occasion was the administering of oath of allegiance and secret cult to all the newly elected by the Dean, and the swearing-in of the Chief Judge, Ezema Kenneth Obiorah who in return swore-in the SUG President.

 

Other members of the Students’ Union Government include: Awazie Grace Chigozie – vice-President, Amutaigwe Ezechukwu – Financial Secretary, Chinonso Kevin Ogbwodudu – Director of Social, Uche Emeka – Assistant Sec. Silas Chimereze Nnamdi – Treasurer, Aneke Osita – Director of Sports. Ogenen Somoto Emmanuel – PRO

 

 


Technology has been said to be of great importance in combating terrorism and corruption in Nigeria. This was said by the Guest Lecturer and the Dean, Students’ Affairs of the University of Technology, Akure, Prof. Boniface K. Alese during the 6th Annual Faculty of Physical Sciences lecture series.

 

According to him, terrorism and corruption are two brothers that have become a menace to human endeavor and has been challenging to Nigeria. He started with the origin, definitions, causes of terrorism and corruption, as well as the consequences. The impact of these menaces has been colossal and has further deepened the misery of citizens, consequently, threatening the fabrics of the society. Combating terrorism and corruption is therefore a herculean task that requires multi-faceted approach, prominent amongst which is ICT. The coming of ICT he said, has been of tremendous effect, because it is a potent tool in the hands of both the attackers and defenders.

Prof. Alese said that corruption promotes poverty and creates the condition for political instability, criminalization especially among the youths. The professor of Computer Sciences concluded that ICT is a tool of attack and defense, much as it aid corruption in any society, the society determines how it is utilized based on polities and laws.

In his opening remark, the Chairman of the event, Prof. Ikenna Onyido, FAS thanked and appreciated the Dean of the faculty for continuing the Annual lecture series. He expressed hope that the lecture will stimulate researchers into the current problem of combating terrorism and corruption and that the practical steps outlined in the lecture would help the Nigerian Government in overcoming terrorism and minimize corruption.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. J. E. Ahaneku, FAS who was ably represented by the DVC (Acad) Prof. Charles Esimone welcomed all dignitaries to UNIZIK for the Annual Faculty lecture series. He commended the Faculty of Physical Sciences for sustaining the tempo of its annual lecture series which has contributed immensely to keeping the academic flame of the University glowing. He said that the theme: “Combating Terrorism and Corruption: The Role of ICT” is coming at the time when the fight against corruption and terrorism are key element in the change agenda of the Federal Government.

 

Speaking also, the keynote speaker, Air-vice Marshal Udoh Tommy Victor said it was a great pleasure to be in UNIZIK. He addressed NAU as a symbol of academic excellence that has produced some of our nation’s finest. He commended the organizers of the lecture, and thanked them for choosing the theme that best suits the country’s situation. Concerning terrorism, he said that it has ravaged our society particularly the Northeast, hence, we are a Nation awaked to danger and trepidation from a threat that hitherto was alien to us. He opined that corruption creates terrorism in Nigeria and terrorism in turn creates poverty which is one of the leading causes of corruption.

 

Furthermore, AVM Udoh stated that for Nigeria to combat terrorism and corruption, it is necessary to mainstream ICT as one of the viable tools that can be adequately employed in addition to the existing efforts. He challenged all to stimulate their thoughts and channel efforts towards finding far reaching solutions to the issues at stake.

 

The Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, Prof. A. J. Ekpunobi thanked and appreciated all present at the lecture. He said that the lecture which started in 2011 will henceforth be published in the faculty journal starting this year (2017) and will be online. He expressed hope that it would stimulate research into the current problem of combating terrorism and minimize corruption.

 

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of awards to the following; Air-vice Marshall Udoh Tommy Victor, Prof. P. A. C. Okoye, the founding Dean of the Faculty and present VC, ESUT, Prof. Luke Anike, Hon. Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Chinedu Emmanuel Emeka, Dr. Rita Orji, Prof. Oyeka among others.

 

Present also for the event were; the representative of the Minister for Defense, Brigadier Gen. Kay Isiyaku, former DVC (Academic), Prof. Eboatu, Director, Fides Communication, Rev. Fr. Dr. Martin Anusi, representative of the Minister of Information, Dr. Michael Ozoemena, President, Association of Statistics, Prof. Onyeagu among others.

 

 

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 actualization of specific business plan and later graduates into the world as a practicing entrepreneur.

 

These practical skills training are available:-

  1. a) Information Communication Technology
  2. Computer Aided Design (Auto CAD & ArchiCAD 2D & 3D)
  3. c) Knitting and Beading
  4. d) Wirework/Beading
  5. e) Confectionery/Cookery
  6. Millinery (Hat making)
  7. Fashion Designing
  8. Shoe and Bag making
  9. Textile/Monogramming
  10. Graphic/Photography
  11. Bee Keeping & Honey Production
  12. Auto Mechanics
  13. Paint Production
  14. Household Chemicals Production
  15. Cosmetology
  16. Fishery & Aquatic Management
  17. Woodwork Technology
  18. Snail Rearing
  19. Poultry
  20. Electrical Work
  21. Electronics/Computer
  22. Welding & Fabrication
  23. Makeover & Gele Artistry
  24. Grass Cutter Production
  25. Rabbit Production
  26. White Rat Production

 

Entry Qualification

At least five O’ level passes including English Language and Mathematics

 

Duration

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.

 

Duration

Three months (3 months).

 

Prof Ngozi Anyikwa

Director, COCES


 

 

A staff of Works Services Department, Mr. Okonkwo C. Pius, has been elected as the Internal Auditor of Nigerian Association of engineering Craftsmen (NEAC). The Association is an Engineering professional body under the auspices of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

 

The Association has also written to thank the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS for the assistance rendered so far.

 

 

The Department of Surveying and Geo-informatics will hold its Maiden International Lecture as follows:

Topic:    The Role of Geospatial Data Community in Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustaining   Development

Venue:   COCES Auditorium

Time:     11am dot

 

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Chukwudozie Ezigbalike; United Nation’s Economic Commission for African (ECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 


This is to bring to the knowledge of the University Community that the Vice Chancellor had since July, 2015, inaugurated the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Central Ethics Committee.

The Committee had the mandate to, among other things, consider applications for Ethical review and grant approval as appropriate for both staff and students researchers especially those from the university.

 

The University Community is hereby requested to note that this is the only one Central Ethics Committee operational in the University.

 

The Committee secretariat is located at;

Room LC 11, First Floor, Medical Library Building, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus.  PMB 500, Nnewi.

 

Please refer all complaints or questions to the Chairman, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Central Ethics Committee at the above address or e-mail – s.anyanwu@unizik.edu.org.


Nnamdi Azikiwe University Central Ethics Committee

 

Template for Submitting Applications for Ethical Review of Research Protocols

 

The foregoing is a summary template whose aim is guide all categories of researchers to ensure that all proposal protocols conform to:

(i)   Generally Accepted Scientific Principles

(ii)  Nnamdi Azikiwe University Code for Health and Scientific Research

 

In order to submit a protocol to the Ethics Committee, you will find the information in this guide useful. For ethical review of protocol, the Committee needs the following materials;

 

  1. 15 paper copies of research protocol and an electronic version (in MSWord or pdf format). The protocol should have the following sections;
  2. Cover page that shows the following
  3. Title of research, Full Names and Qualifications of investigators, Sponsors (where applicable), Other Collaborating Institutions and Investigators,
  4. Corresponding Investigator, who must be the Project Principal Investigator (PI) or Local PI of the research and bears legal responsibility for the research.

The research proposal should contain enough information to allow the committee judge the ethical aspects of the research.

The protocol may contain the following sections:

iii.   Background of Study – Describing current knowledge about the research.

  1. Rationale for the study
  2. Objectives of the study
  3. Research Methodology

 

  1. Study design – stating clearly the nature of the study (descriptive, drug trial, experimental
  2. Sample size determination
  3. Sampling strategy/Interview including inclusion/exclusion criteria/frequency of interviews
  4. Statement on invasive sampling (blood, tissue etc) inclusion/exclusion criteria and frequency of sampling
  5. Data collection procedure
  6. Physical examination procedure if indicated
  7. Follow up details if required
  8. Laboratory procedure to be used
  9. Intervention to be used
  10. Data analysis method to be used
  11. Copies of Questionnaires, Survey instruments, Case report forms and Samples of Drug or other Devices to be used in the study must be included in the protocol
  12. The protocol should contain an ethical considerations section as a separate entity. In this section, researcher is to clearly identify the potential ethical problems that may arise in the research and address these. For example, if conducting research on prisoner, the issue of vulnerability and diminished autonomy is important and the researcher should address this concern in the protocol.

 

  1. Principal Investigator’s CV in NIH Biosketch format (maximum 2 pages, containing enough information to judge the ability of the PI to conduct the research).

 

  1. Supervisor’s attestation statement. (Where applicable – in student’s research, for example).

 

  1. Co-Investigators attestation statement. (Where applicable) or Copy of letter(s) of support from co-investigator(s), laboratories and sources of required resources (where the researcher indicates that (s)he will be collaborating with others.

 

  1. Sponsor’s attestation statement i.e. letter of sponsorship. (Where applicable).

 

  1. Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA – Where samples will be shipped out of Nigeria – see prototype on the NHREC website for guidance).
  2. Clinical Trial Agreement (CTA – Where the research is being conducted on behalf of a sponsor) and any other agreement that may have been signed and is relevant to the participants in the research.

 

  1. One page plain language summary of the research including the title of the study, research design, methodology, principal exposure and outcome variables.

 

  1. THE INFORMED CONSENT FORM ON INSTITUTIONAL OR DEPARTMENTAL LETTER HEADED PAPER. Please see NHREC prototype consent form to guide you in designing your own consent form.

 

  1. ATTENTION RESEARCHER:

When all prescribed application materials have been assembled, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Write an application letter to the Chairman, Ethics Committee
  2. Complete an application form.
  3. Compile all prescribed application materials and ensure that they are properly numbered and do not have many typographical errors.
  4. Ensure that all relevant institutional officials have signed off on the protocol including a Supervisor in case of student’s research.
  5. Attach a copy of proof that you have recently undertaken satisfactory research ethics training within the last 2 years. Examples of such training include training programs conducted by your institution’s ethics committee, online training programs such as CITI (see NHREC http://www.nhrec.net or West African Bioethics Training Program http://www.westafricanbioethics.net website for suitable online training programs). NHREC now requires if your certificate of training in research ethics is not one obtained from an NHREC approved workshop in Nigeria, that you present two certificates from the CITI or TRREE Initiative. One certificate from the ‘basic’ modules for either biomedical investigators or social and behavioural investigators; and another certificate on the Nigerian National Code of Health Research Ethics
  6. The following guide will help you obtain these ethics training certificates from the CITI program. Another guide on the TRREE initiative will be available soon and this guidance note will be updated accordingly.

 

 

PROCESS FOR ONLINE TRAINING IN RESEARCH ETHICS

 

Click this link to go to the training website to register and start your training: http://www.citiprogram.org/

Here you click on ‘New User’. This will take you to a page where you are to respond to 7 queries. All are straightforward but consider these for the following queries.

 No 1. ‘Participating Institution’. Here, from the drop-down list, select the option, ‘West African Bioethics Training Program’ and then ignore all the other lines under No 1 and simply go ahead to No 2. to create your unique username and password.

 No 6. Simply select the option ‘No’ here since the CME credits do not apply to institutions in Nigeria (unless if you are working for a US institution where it may apply).

When you are done with query No. 7, click and ‘submit’. This will then take you to the next page where you are asked to provide more personal details. Please take care in putting your name as your certificate will be printed with this name.

The next step is for you to select your curriculum. Question 1 is a requirement for all investigators conducting studies in Nigeria, while in Question 2, you should select the learner group most appropriate to you. Based on these responses, the programme will select the modules you will be taking, and will take you to the page where you can start your training. You will see un-completed modules highlighted in red. Click on these red highlights to commence or continue a module. You can stop at anytime and comeback and continue from there.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Correction of Initials/Names of appointment of heads/ag heads of dept.

S/N Mis-spelt Correct name Dept.
1. Prof. (Mrs.) C. Nwaiwu Prof. (Mrs.) N. E. Nwaiwu Faculty of engineering
2. Dr. H. C. Shehu Dr. H. C. Chiegwu Radiography
3. Dr. P. O. Ibukunle Dr. P. O. Ibikunle Medical Rehabilitation/ Physiotherapy

 

The mistakes are regretted.

 

The Personal Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor, Engr. Emmanuel Chinagorom Nwadike is set to be joined in Holy Matrimony with his Heart-throb Ms. Chinenye Chimezutawom Onyechefula, on Saturday 18th February, 2017 at the Chapel of Redemption, Temporary Site UNIZIK, by 10.00a.m. Reception follows at Finotel Hotels and Suites, Agu-Awka Road, Awka Anambra State.

 

 


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.

 

director, internal audit loses brother

 

The Director, Internal Audit, UNIZIK Mr. Gozie Egwuatu has lost his brother, late Dr. Chukwudi Charles Egwuatu, a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Medical Microbiology, College of Health Sciences, Nnewi and a Consultant with NAUTH, Nnewi.  He will be buried on Thursday, 16th February, 2017 at Egwuatu’s Compound, Etitinabo Village near Oye Market, Neni, Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, at 12.00 noon.  Until his death, late Charles Egwuatu was also a brother to Mr. Emeka Egwuatu (Bursary Unit) and Mrs. Chiebonam Emenike (Internal Audit Unit) CHS Nnewi.

Tribute should be sent to:  goziens@yahoo.com; liberasonic@yahoo.com; gm.egwuatu@unizik.edu.ng

 

 

Bereavement

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

 

 

  • 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.

 

 

 

VICE – CHANCELLOR’S SECURITY LINES

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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