BY ANYAORA THELMA CHIOMA
Recently, some eminent personalities in the country including His Imperial Majesty, Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), the Ooni of Ife and Hajia (Dr.) Mariya Sanusi Dantata were at Nile University, Abuja where they were conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees.
These personalities, according to the university’s board of directors, were so selected in recognition of their individual contributions to humanity, national development and pursuit of good cause.
The conferment of the Honorary Degrees was done during the 5th Convocation Ceremony of the institution which had in attendance senators, ministers, academia and members of the diplomatic corp.
Commenting on the awardees, the Vice Chancellor of the Nile University, Prof. Dr. Huseyin Sert said, they were selected based on their love and care for human race and for identifying with the masses.
“We are very proud to be associated with you” he said.
Speaking further, the VC said that the university has in addition graduated 270 students (99 Under graduates and 171 Post Graduates from 23 departments, 11 of whom are First Class Honour students, 58 of them having Second Class Upper while 30 of them have Second Class Lower.)
According to the VC, the graduands have all exhibited in character and learning that they are up to the task to face future challenges.
For a holistic education, the VC went further to point out that the university has all its faculties on a sound footing which include:
College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering.
Also, Departments of Petroleum and Gas, Public Administration, Mass Communication and College of Health Sciences have all joined the stream of Faculties and Departments the university is having.
This does not preclude the Nizamiye Hospital which is functionally ready for practical by the medical students of the institution.
He revealed that the project management office is up and running in collaboration with their Canadian partners.
The VC said: “We are making impact educationally especially in the IDPs camps in the Northern parts of the country, where we provide skill acquisition, General Health and Safety Training etc.”
He said through its international relations office, the university encourages national and international exchange programme among universities across the globe, thus encouraging multiculturalism among staff and students.
“We are proud of the Nigerian heritage, and in a bid to help our great nation grow; we are now accepting deported students from distressed universities in Turkey with a 100 per cent and 50 per cent discount rates as applicable, all thanks to the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Nigerian Government,” he said.
The VC added: “We shall also double our efforts to make sure we quench admission thirst of our teeming Nigerian youths who are suffering from university admission reality.”
On the strides the university’s academia has been making, the VC pointed out that academicians in the institution have been making the university proud with series of publications in International Journals, Books and Conference Presentations.
“As we try to close the gap between Town and Gown, we have had series of international conferences held each year e.g. ICSSL- International Conference on Social Science and Law, IFCF- International friendship and cultural festival, ETF- Education Trade Fair etc.
“Thus, we bring together global leaders, bureaucrats, businessmen, foreign mission representatives, top industry executives and students, to focus on the best practices needed for the development of Social Sciences and Law in order to enhance its practical applicability to the development of our social, economic, political and moral wellbeing,” he emphasised.
In the area of discipline and intolerance to drug abuse, which should ideally form part of the core moral values in any reasonable institution of higher learning, Nile University set up a special Students Disciplinary Committee to handle such cases.
“Our capable and well organized Student Affairs Department acts as our disciplinarian and students advisors.
“On this note, by the 2017/2018 Academic Session we will be adopting the Academic Advisory System (AAS) which is following up with students personally to ensure they are all well guided and carried along on all positive societal values,” he added.
He said Nile University’s Alumni students all over the world remain ambassadors, representatives and partners of the institution.
Hence, according to the VC, some of these students who continually seek to get their first and second degrees in the university are by so doing undeniably part of the great family of Nile.
“No matter where they find themselves tomorrow; Nile will always have a place in their hearts,” he added.
Speaking on staff capacity development through education, which is one of the bedrocks for national development, the VC said the university has continually encouraged her staffers on staff development through further studies at the Post Graduate level on about 80 per cent scholarship.
“Similarly, worthy of note is 100 per cent scholarship for Nile University graduates with First Class Honours Degree or best graduating students, 50 per cent Scholarship for second class upper, 40 per cent discount for Second Class Lower and 30 per cent for others regardless of religion, gender or political affiliation.
“It also worthy of note that the best overall graduating students from any registered secondary school in the length and breadth of Nigeria are qualified to apply for a scholarship at Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja,” the VC noted.
The VC further said that the best graduating students from the university’s Sister Secondary School; Nigerian Tulip International College (NTIC), are offered 100 per cent tuition scholarship.
The university doesn’t seem to lose a single footing as a games and sports conscious institution as a way of seeking to have a balance between work and socialization.
Thus, the VC said: “We are frantically working round the clock to host the 2017 Nigeria Private Universities Game (NPUGA) this year upon which many of you shall be invited to witness the occasion.”
A resounding message to the parents of the graduating students was
echoed by the VC when he said: “I am most happy to tell you that ‘the
wards’ you entrusted to us some four years ago are now being returned
to you today, but as ‘refined and educated individuals’.
“We shall continue to expect more children from you as we will also continue to do our best to make them global citizens. We appreciate you all for your trust in us, and as always our gates are open to you.”
While congratulating the graduands, the VC admonished them to continue to be good ambassadors of the university anywhere they go.
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