BULLETIN: ISSN 1595-1685      JANUARY 30, 2017     vol. 10 NO. 3

ISSN 1595-1685                                              JANUARY 30, 2017                                         vol. 10 NO. 3


 

 

The Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS has again reiterated his commitment towards raising the global visibility of the University such that at the end of his tenure, the University would become one of the best five hundred universities in the world, one of the best one hundred universities in Africa and the best university in Nigeria.  The Vice-Chancellor stated this at the 2016/2017 Matriculation Ceremony for the newly admitted students, held in front of the Festus Nwako Library arena recently.

 

The Vice-Chancellor while declaring the ceremony open, congratulated the matriculating students, parents and guardians for the opportunity of being in the University.  He therefore urged the new students to make judicious use of their stay in the University and to shun all social vices that could mar their stay, stressing that his administration is harnessing all resources, human and material, from within and outside the University in pursuit of the actualization of the mission and vision of his administration.

 

He reminded the students of the various facilities put in place in the University in order to provide a congenial learning environment for them.  Some of the facilities include a work-aid scheme to assist some indigent and physically challenged students.  The University he stressed has also instituted a Group Personal Insurance Scheme, which covers death, permanent disability or illness of the student or his/her sponsor.  Well equipped hostels with common rooms and access to DSTV cable network, all geared towards promoting a congenial environment for development in character and learning.

 

Prof. Ahaneku further admonished the students on the importance of payment of fees, attendance to lectures, as well as avoiding some vices that could lead to suspension or total expulsion.  Some of these vices include; examination misconduct, certificate forgery, cultism, robbery, rape amongst others.

 

High point of the Ceremony was the declaration of loyalty by the matriculating students and oath-taking on secret cults led by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. Stan Udedi.

 

The event was attended by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the DVC (Academic) Prof. Charles Esimone, the DVC (Administration), Prof. Carol Arinze-Umeobi, the University Registrar, Dr. I. H. Isidienu, the University Librarian, Prof. Obiora Nwosu, Ag. University Bursar, Mrs. Joy Ojukwu, Council Members, the Deans of Faculties, who presented the admitted students of their faculties to the VC in alphabetical order, Directors of Units, Clergies, Parents, Gentlemen of the Press.

Over 7,820 (seven thousand eight hundred and twenty) students were admitted into the University and the matriculation exercise brought to a formal close the 2016/2017 admission exercise.

 

 

  

 

AN ADDRESS BY THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROFESSOR JOSEPH EBERENDU AHANEKU, FAS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 2016/2017 MATRICULATION CEREMONY OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY HOLDING ON FRIDAY 27th  JANUARY, 2017

 


  1. PROTOCOL
  2. INTRODUCTION

I am glad to welcome you all: fresh students, other students, parents/guardians, staff and friends of the University to the 2016/2017 Matriculation Ceremony, coming after the orientation programme which held from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th December 2016.

 

With today’s matriculation ceremony the 2016/2017 admission cycle has been brought to a formal end.  Let me once again congratulate you for being among the more than seven thousand (7000) candidates offered admission out of the numerous candidates that had applied.

 

  1. THE THRUST OF OUR ADMINISTRATION

The dream of our Administration, which came on board in June 2014, is to so raise the global visibility of the University such that at the end of my tenure it would have become one of the best five hundred (500) universities in the world, one of the best one hundred (100) universities in Africa and the best University in Nigeria.  My vision, mission and  agenda  for the University  revolve around  this lofty  but quite realizable goal.  We are harnessing all resources, human and material, from within and outside the University in the pursuit of the actualization of this goal.

 

During the orientation ceremony I had spoken of the facilities we have put in place in the University in order to provide a congenial learning environment for the students.  On account of the importance of these, I would summarise them as outlined below:

 

(a) We have instituted a work-aid scheme to assist some indigent and physically challenged students.  Our Work-Aid students put in 5 hours of work a week and are paid Ten thousand Naira (N10,000.00) monthly.  To qualify for this scheme, the student must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 or more on a 5 point scale and be cleared by the Security Department.

 

(b) The University has also instituted a Group Personal Insurance Scheme.  On the payment of the appropriate fee, this insurance scheme covers the death, permanent disability or illness of the student or his/her Sponsor.

 

(c) Our hostels have well-equipped common rooms and access to DSTV cable network.  There are stand-by electric generating sets and adequate supply of water.  We shall continue to improve on our facilities.

 

We have three sets of hostels;

(i)  University Hostels;

(ii) ELMADA Hostel; and

(iii) Catholic Hostel at Amansea  (Youth Village)

 

You are advised to make use of the above hostels, but if you must live in private accommodations, please register such hostels with the University through the Student Affairs Department.

 

  1. ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The academic programmes of the University are accredited with the National Universities Commission.  Those that have regulatory professional bodies have been accredited by such bodies as outlined below:

  • Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN);
  • Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN);
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN);
  • Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN);
  • Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON);
  • Pharmacists Council of Nigeria;
  • Nigerian Council of Legal Education;
  • Medical Laboratory Council of Nigeria;
  • Medical Rehabilitation Board of Nigeria;
  • Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Board of Nigeria;
  • Estate Surveyors’ and Valuers’ Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVABON);
  • Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON);
  • Surveyors’ Council of Nigeria (SURCON); and
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria

 

We have linkages with eighteen (18) world-renowned Universities spread across the United States of America, China, Europe and Africa.  This is in addition to linkages with six (6) local Institutions.

 

The essence of these linkages is to facilitate academic programme development, teaching/research, public service and staff/student exchange.

 

I have provided the above information to give you a faint idea of what efforts have been put in to provide you the most congenial environment for your development in character and learning.

 

  1. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS

For your stay in this University to successfully end with the acquisition of a University degree, you owe certain obligations to the University, your parents and yourselves.  I  had  already  dwelt  extensively  with  some  of  these  issues  in  my address during the orientation ceremony, but for the avoidance of doubt they are summarized below:

 

(a)      Payment of Fees

It needs no gainsaying that you must pay your school fees as and when due to enable the University maintain existing facilities and provide new ones.  Any student who does not pay his/her fees by the appropriate time runs the risk of being excluded from examinations.

 

(b)  Attendance to Lectures

You must attend at least 75% of all lectures and practicals for you to be allowed to write examinations.

 

(c)  Examination Misconduct

This could fetch you suspension for up to three years and even expulsion.

(d)  Certificate Forgery

Students found to have registered with fake certificates are expelled from the University.

 

(e)  Cultism

This is anathema in the University.  All proven cultists are expelled.

 

Other deviant behaviour such as robbery, rape etc. are not tolerated for these are both misconduct and crime punishable by expulsion by the University and terms of imprisonment by the State.

 

  1. CONCLUSION

Let me conclude by congratulating you once again.  It is my prayer that you have a successful stay in the University.  Pass through the University and let the University pass through you.  In the meantime, I hope all the guests would enjoy their stay at Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

 

Thank you.

 

Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS

Vice-Chancellor


 


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).
  2. 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).
  2. Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA – Where samples will be shipped out of Nigeria – see prototype on the NHREC website for guidance).

 

  1. 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 new cut-off date for the submission of staff monthly returns to the bursary unit


The Ag. Bursar, Mrs. Joy Ojukwu has written to inform the University Community of a new cut-off date for the submission of Staff Monthly Returns.

 

According to her, the Monthly Returns should be forwarded to the Bursar’s Office on or before the 5th of every month to avoid non-payment of salary to the defaulters.

 

Hence, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Units and Centres are requested to take note.

 

 


It has come to the notice of the University Management that despite several warnings, some staff still leaves the electrical appliances on after close of work daily.

This will serve as the last warning to all as defaulters will be responsible for consequences and also face severe disciplinary measures.

The University Community is reminded for the last time to always switch-off all the electrical appliances in their various offices after close of work daily to avoid fire outbreak.

 

 

 

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 a lecture in the late Nwandu’s honour which will be part of the activity of the day.

 

The Faculty of Education, UNIZIK has elected a new Sub-Dean, Dr. (Mrs.) Constance Ifeyinwa Okoli at the Faculty’s Board meeting, on 7th of November, 2016.  Dr. Okoli is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Vocational Education.

 

 

The Head, Department of Linguistics, Dr. Greg Obiamalu has been elected the National Treasurer of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria.  The election took place at the 29th Conference of the Linguistics Association of Nigeria/AGM which took place at the University of Jos (5th – 9th December, 2016).

 

Dr. Obiamalu was earlier commended as the Chairman LOC at the AGM for a well organized conference.

 

 


Delta State Commissioner of Higher Education Awards Cash reward to the best Graduating Student of Mechanical Engineering

 

The Delta State Commissioner of Higher Education, Honourable Engr. Jude Sinebe has awarded the sum of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira only) to the best Graduating Student in the Department of Engineering 2015/2016 Academic Session.

The Head of Department, Dr. Ugochukwu Okonkwo has expressed appreciation to the Commissioner for his kind gesture and for being consistent in providing the award.


 

 

S/N Name Date
1. Engr. Prof. Harold C. Godwin 18th August, 2022
2. Prof. Gabriel Anene 20th October, 2022
3. Prof. Akujobi, Comfort Nne 8th December, 2022

 

 

S/N Name Date
1. Engr. Prof. Harold C. Godwin 18th August, 2022
2. Prof. Gabriel Anene 20th October, 2022
3. Prof. Akujobi, Comfort Nne 8th December, 2022

 


Following the approval of a third language project dedicated to the teaching and learning of French at tertiary level by the Nigerian and the French Governments, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) has nominated two UNIZIK French teachers, Prof. Justina Nneka Okoye and Mr. Chukwunonso Muotoo for the Nigerian French Language Project (NFLP) training.

 

The NFLP training program which will kick off in November, 2016 will focus on the development of the teaching of French for specific purposes such as French for Business, French for Banking, French  for Diplomacy etc.

 

The training which will be held in Abuja is scheduled as follows:

  1. Date:      21st – 23rd of November, 2016

     Venue:      Abuja, Nigeria

 

  1. Date: 7th – 16th of February, 2017

     Venue:                  Abuja, Nigeria

 

Duration of i & ii: 11days

 

 


The Common Wealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom is inviting Nnamdi Azikiwe University for academic fellowships to be held in the UK from September/October, 2017.

 

The purpose of Common Wealth Academic Fellowships is to provide an opportunity for fellows to undertake a period of research, to network, and to update knowledge and skills related to their academic subject and responsibilities. Awards are tenable for, between three and ten months at any approved UK University or higher education institution.

 

The Commission has requested for two candidates from the University. All interested candidates are hereby referred to the official website http://bit.ly/cscuk-academic-fellowships


 


Toothache or tooth pain can often be caused when the nerve to a tooth is irritated, but there are numerous other causes for tooth pain. Dental infection, gum disease, plaque, dental decay, injury, cracked teeth, poorly placed fillings or crowns, failing or leaking fillings or crowns, or loss of a tooth (including tooth extractions), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea are all common causes of dental pain. There are instances, however, where pain originating outside the dental area radiates to the mouth, thus giving the impression of tooth pain. This often happens when there is a problem with the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ), ears, nerve, sinuses, and/or muscles. Occasionally, heart problems can give the sensation of tooth pain.

 

 

A toothache is a pain in or around a tooth that may also be caused by:

 

Symptoms of a toothache may include:

  • Tooth pain that may be sharp, throbbing, or constant. In some people, pain results only when pressure is applied to the tooth.
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Fever or headache
  • Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

 

When To See a Dentist About a Toothache; visit your doctor when

  • You have a toothache that lasts longer than 1 or 2 days
  • Your toothache is severe
  • You have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide

Proper identification and treatment of dental infections is important to prevent its spread to other parts of the face and skull and possibly even to the bloodstream.

Preventing toothache

Since most toothaches are the result of tooth decay, following good oral hygiene practices can prevent toothaches. Good oral hygiene practices consist of brushing regularly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing once daily, rinsing once or twice a day with an antiseptic mouthwash, and seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning. In addition to these practices, eat foods low in sugar and ask your dentist about sealants and fluoride applications. The best way to avoid getting toothache and other dental problems is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. To do this, you should:

  • limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks – you should have these as an occasional treat and only at mealtimes; read more about cutting down on sugar
  • brush your teeth twice a day using a toothpaste that contains fluoride – gently brush your gums and tongue as well
  • clean between your teeth using dental floss and, if necessary, use a mouthwash
  • don’t smoke – it can make some dental problems worse

 

Make sure you have regular dental check-ups, preferably with the same dentist.

 

Treating toothache

In most cases, the best way to stop dental or jaw pain initially is with pain medications and antibiotics (Amoxicillin). A referral to a dentist for follow-up will usually be arranged. In some cases, the doctor may try an injection of local anesthetic around the tooth for pain control. If there is swelling in the gums or face, or if the patient has fever, antibiotics may be prescribed.

 

The type of treatment you have for toothache will depend on the cause of the pain, so your dentist will examine your mouth and may carry out an X-ray to try to identify the problem.

 

If your toothache is caused by tooth decay, your dentist will remove the decayed area and replace it with a filling.

If your toothache is caused by a loose or broken filling, the filling will be taken out, any decay will be removed, and a new filling put in place.

If the pulp inside your tooth is infected, you may need root canal treatment. This procedure involves removing the infected pulp and then inserting a special type of filling to seal the tooth and prevent reinfection.

 

Your tooth may need to be removed if the toothache can’t be treated using these methods or the tooth is wedged between another tooth and your jaw

 

 

 

The family of Olibie has written to express their gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS for the tremendous support and respect shown to them by the Management, Staff, and students of the University during the final of their late wife and mother, Dr. Lady (Mrs.) Eyiuche Ifeoma Olibie at the University Auditorium.

 

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. Chiebunam Egwuatu (Internal Audit Unit) CHS Nnewi.

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

 

 

NASU Loses Staff


The non-academic staff Union (NASU) has written to notify its members of the death of one of their members, Mr. Moses Okeke of Works and Services Department, UNIZIK.  He was buried on Friday, 3rd January, 2017 at is home town Umuesona, Uruoshi Village, Nri in Anocha L. G. A. of Anambra State.

 

Bereavement

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

 

 

  • Gold Okwulucheta Mogor who died on Friday, 23rd of December, 2016. Until her death, she was the mother of Major Grace Uju of Records Unit, Registry Department, NAU. She will be buried at her husband’s compound Umukwa Village, Awka on 3rd of February, 2017.

 

  • Leonard Azoriwu Aghara (Akanwu), aged 65. Burial Arrangements: Friday, 3rd February, 2017 by 10.00 a.m. – Funeral service at his compound; Saturday, 4th February, 2017 – In-laws and well-wishers, condolence continue; Sunday, 5th February, 2017 by 9.00 a.m. – Thanksgiving Mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Achalla, Umuchu.  Until his death he was the father of Aghara Chinelo Auguta of Personnel Unit (Registry).

 

 

 

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.

 

 This Bulletin is printed and published by the Directorate of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) of the Vice – Chancellor’s office.