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FUNAI Former DVC now President Academy of Science

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), at its Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Thursday, 26th of January, 2017, has inducted the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha as its new President.

Professor Kalu Mosto Onuoha, 18th president of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) took over from Professor Oyewale Tomori, a virologist, who served as President of the Academy between January 2013 and January 2016. Mosto, as he is fondly called, was the Academy’s Treasurer before he became Vice president in 2013.

In his acceptance speech, the new President said he was honoured to be elected as president of Nigeria’s foremost science organisation. Professor Onuoha, a Fellow of NAS, served as the pioneer Mobil Professor of Petroleum Geology at the Mobil Producing Nigeria’s Chair of Geology at the University of Calabar (1991-92). He also served as Technology Development Adviser (Subsurface Development Services) at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Port Harcourt (1996-2002), and Shell/NNPC Professor of Geology at the Shell Chair, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2003-2012). Prof. Onuoha additionally has served the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in many capacities, including as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) between 2005 and 2009. Currently, he is the PTDF Chair of Petroleum Geology at the UNN. He was between February 2011- February 2016, the pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State.

Prof. Mosto Onouha during his investiture as the 18th President of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences

In a statement, the NAS executive secretary, Dr Oladoyin Odubanjo, submitted:                 “Prof. Onuoha’s record of professional activities, community service, and services rendered to our nation, Nigeria includes membership of the Editorial Board of several reputable local and international scientific journals, Member of the Governing Council of Abia State University, Uturu (2000-2006), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2005-2009), Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State (2015-2016), Visiting Professor to the African University of Science & Technology, Abuja (since 2010), and to the Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo, and Member of the Board of Assessors (Science), Nigerian National Order of Merit (2003-2008).

“For the next four years, he will be leading the Nigerian Academy of Science in achieving an improved quality of life for the Nigerian society through the promotion and application of science and technology; as well as strengthen the nation’s ability to deliver the fruits of science to society by the acquisition, growth, and dissemination of sound scientific knowledge and facilitation of its use in the solution of major national problems.”

Established in 1977, the NAS is the foremost independent scientific body in Nigeria dedicated to the development and advancement of science, technology, and innovation, bringing scientific knowledge to positively guide policies/strategic direction of the country.

 

FUNAI ORGANIZES WORKSHOP FOR JUNIOR STAFF

 The Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, on Wednesday, 1st February, 2017 organized a workshop for the Junior Staff of the University. The workshop which took place simultaneously at three different venues in the University was geared towards developing the work-related capacities and attitude of the staff in order to foster effective service delivery.

The workshop was part of an on-going process by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, to ensure that all segments of the University staff is adequately empowered with the relevant knowledge to contribute meaningfully to the actualization of the University’s vision, goals and objectives; enhance service delivery and man-power development in the University.

The workshop holds quarterly under the auspices of the Senate Committee on Staff Retraining headed by the former Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Austin Chukwu.

Speaking at the University auditorium where junior registry staff had their training, the Registrar,         Mr. Gabriel O. Chukwu who was represented by the Head of Junior Staff Matters Unit, Mr. Amah Omaha admonished the staff to take the workshop seriously and ensure that they avail themselves of the rare opportunities provided by the University to expand their horizon and perform maximally in their day-to-day activities.  The Registrar, further advised the participants to invest more on personal development to be able to merit further placements and higher responsibility.

Addressing the participants on ‘Driving Organizational Productivity through Strong Work Ethics and Character, the Head of the Public Relations Unit, Mr. Elom Iyke Ubochi charged them to be responsible and responsive to their duties. He told them to conduct themselves thoroughly while handling official mails and never divulge official secrets to the public. Elom warned the participants to desist from acts of insubordination and insolence to their superiors but provide a friendly- working relationship with everyone while discharging their duties. And further enjoined them to justify their pay with hard work and avoid placing premium on their salary without commensurable output.   

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Head, Public Relations, Elom Iyke Ubochi, speaking during the event

Speaking at the Faculty of Science multi-purpose hall, the training center for junior staff in the Departments of Audit, Bursary, Medical Center, Students’ Affairs, FUNAI Outlook Ltd and Physical Planning, Works and Services, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Dr. Emmanuel Nweze espoused the importance of Research and Proposal Writing. He noted that research is a scientific and systematic search for pertinent information on a specific topic, adding that the search could be done in various ways. Nweze further stressed the importance of Research/Proposal Writing, not just in academics but in other spheres of life, admonishing the participants to be inquisitive in order to be knowledgeable.

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Dr. Emmanuel Nweze, Director ICT Department

Other resources persons also spoke on such topics as the University’s Code of Conduct and Bill on Sexual Harassments. In espousing this topic, Dr. Chinyere Nkama reminded the participants on the importance of comporting themselves appropriately. She stressed on the need to dress modestly and avoid exposing contours of their bodies by inviting strangers and dangers to themselves.

She maintained that acts of misconducts attract sanctions while serious misconducts attracts outright dismissal, and warned sternly that workers were not permitted by the university’s rules to embark on full-time study while at the same time having full-time employment. She maintained that such attitude conflicts with the worker’s primary assignment.

Dr. Omaka O. Aruah who took the participants on ‘Research and Proposal Writing’ at the University auditorium centre charged the participants to develop skills capable of engaging their minds fruitfully. He maintained that research entails scientific inquiry of a burning issue to bring about a new knowledge or bridge a missing gap. Aruah however, suggested that there would never be a good research without proper proposal that acts a guiding compass to elucidate the research problem. He also informed the participants that memo writing differs from business letter and letter writing, adding that in memo, the writer develops his points from sender to receiver in coherent and logical paragraphs.

 

FUNAI Hosts Seminar on Career Decision and Adjustment

In order to build and ensure formidable future for her students, and mitigate the pains of regrets often experienced by youths due to wrong career choices, the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, on Monday 30th January, 2017 held a seminar tagged ‘Career Decision & Adjustment in Modern Society’ for freshmen of the University.

The seminar was geared towards equipping the new students with the right mind-set, attitude and knowledge in the area of career choices, entrepreneurship and decision making.

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Cross-section of fresh students listening with rapt attention during the seminar

Addressing the students, Dean of Student’s Affairs, Dr. Charles Okolie noted that the seminar was very apt and timely, considering the fact that most of the freshmen were young and could have chosen their course of studies based on social, parental and peer influences. Represented by the Sub-Dean,                  Dr. Florence Alpi-Oparacha, he advised the students to avail themselves of the services of Guidance and Counselling Unit to learn about career choices and adjustments and other academic and life changing issues.

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba charged the students to ensure they think-through their career choices before embarking on it, adding that career decision was not about trial and error but based on deliberate planning, determination and hard work in one’s area of interest and ability. Represented by the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Mathew Edoga, the Vice Chancellor added that for an individual to achieve success in any field of choice, he must match his interest in the area of his ability.

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VC’s Rep. Prof. Mathew Edeoga speaking in the event

Prof. Nwajiuba further admonished them to make good use of the opportunity the University has given them, stressing that they were fortunate to have gained admission into the University.

‘’You are fortunate to be in FUNAI because it is a special place to be. The University is different from others in the region; we are interested in innovation that is why we are doing things differently.

‘’This University is not about paperwork. FUNAI is doing it like it is done in world-acclaimed Universities. We emphasize practical teaching and entrepreneurship’’ he said.

Papers presented in the seminar include: Career Decision and Adjustment in Modern Society; The University as the Power House of Enhancing Decision; Changing Roles of Women and Sound Career Decision and Enduring Entrepreneurial Spirit and Wealth Creation.

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Dr. Mrs. Chinyere Elom, one of the resources persons, speaking in the event

In her closing remarks in the occasion, the Coordinator of the Guidance and Counselling Unit, Mrs. Ngozi Nwudu thanked the University Management for approving the seminar, adding that the Unit was prepared to assist the University in grooming well balanced and rounded graduates. She further called on the students to take advantage of the professional guidance and counselling services offered by the Unit to avoid future regrets.

‘OWNERSHIP MENTALITY’: HOW FUNAI STAFF’S COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS BUILT UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION ARENA

One of the worst challenges facing the Nigerian Public sector is the culture of taking without giving. A situation where citizens see public organizations as belonging to nobody, therefore do not do anything to improve it. A situation where those occupying public offices see their positions as cash cows that should be milked at all times, and a time to feather their personal nests and satisfy selfish pecuniary interests instead of using it to better the society.  In fact the nation’s development woes could be attributed mainly to this unpatriotic mind-set being exhibited by some Nigerians in the management of public affairs.

With this in mind and on the need to do things differently, on his assumption of duty as the 2nd Vice Chancellor of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike (FUNAI), Ebonyi State on 26th February, 2016, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba immediately took the bull by the horn, advocating a mental-shift; preaching the concepts of collective ownership and benefits with responsibility. Initially, it seems the Vice Chancellor was swimming against the tide and flogging a dead horse by going against an entrenched way of life. But he remained focused, undaunted and dogged in calling on staff to see themselves as a critical stakeholder in the University’s drive for world-class status.

This uncommon commitment to vision of the University by the Vice Chancellor has started yielding dividends, as most staff are now buying into his principle of ‘benefits with responsibility’ in the discharge of their official responsibilities.  Most staff  now see themselves as ‘co-owners’ of the University and go the extra mile to ensure that the core values of the institution are put to work at all times in their daily activities. And this is turning the University around for good.

The exhibition of ownership spirit and team effort by staff has led to a sense of trust and camaraderie between the University Management and staff. This was made evident in the on-going construction of the FUNAI Convocation Arena which was used for the maiden convocation ceremony of the University on 20th December, 2016.

Prior to the construction of the Convocation Arena, there was nothing of sort, as the University had to resort using open field for its large ceremonial events which is not befitting for a Federal Varsity that is envisioning being a world-class institution. But how can the dream of building a convocation ground amidst the economic challenges facing the young University be achieved?

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Preparation of land for the construction of the convocation arena

Prof. Nwajiuba being a strong-willed consummate administrator knew that where there is a will; there surely must be a way. He was not cowed by paucity of fund nor deterred by the scepticism of some people that a convocation arena of that magnitude cannot be made ready for use in the University’s maiden convocation.

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Even female labourers were on the site to ensure that the project was delivered on time

The Vice Chancellor was rather determined to live out his dream. And in turning it into tangible reality he understood the power of the dominant collective in achieving sustainable success and that the greatest asset available to him were his staff.  Prof. Nwajiuba, therefore used his rare leadership capacity to galvanize both staff and some friends of the University to contribute their widow’s mite to the construction of the convocation arena. In fact, he took the notch higher by getting University Senate’s approval that all those desiring to give him Charismas and New Year gifts should convert such items to sharp sands, gravels, rods, cements, stones and other construction materials for the erection of the arena. With this show of uncommon selflessness that has never been exhibited in the University before now, the staff were all turbo-charged to write their names in the FUNAI book of history by contributing their quota in terms of different building materials towards the construction of the arena.

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Some stones, sands and other materials donated by members of staff towards the completion of the project

With all the necessary materials now handy, like a raging wildfire, the Vice Chancellor through the Directorate of Physical Planning, Works and Services swept across the lopsided land and little ‘bushes’ that was providing shelter for reptiles and other creeping creatures chasing them into abyss with the noise oozing from the heavy duty bulldozers. Before you know it, he waded through the dire fiscal strait facing the University to bring to fruition a masterpiece- the FUNAI Convocation Arena.

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VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba (on white) always on ground to see things for himself

The FUNAI Convocation Arena was made possible by the contribution of individual staff, staff’s associations and some outside good-spirited individuals that pooled resources from their private coffers to support the vision of the Vice Chancellor by ensuring that a befitting arena was built for the University. Donations were received on behalf of the Vice Chancellor by Engr. Etche Nwali, the Coordinator of Works Unit and records kept to ensure accountability and transparency.

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Various platforms of the FUNAI Convocation Arena

In achieving this rare feat, staff, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and social background or other primordial sentiments came together as one indivisible family to help their organization. But this would not have been possible if the present leadership of the University is not open, transparent and accountable. It goes to show that most Nigerians are ready to support their country if the leadership is doing things right and seen to be working for the overall benefits of everybody.

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A section of the FUNAI Convocation Arena on the convocation day

There is no gain saying the fact that, may be, the only convocation arena built solely by members of staff of a University and few outside collaborators in the country, is that of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State. Thus when the Vice Chancellor revealed this to the Visitor of the University, President Mohammadu Buhari represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Martin Elechi and other guests during the convocation ceremony of the University they all marvelled at such rare display of organizational loyalty and togetherness, noting that Nigerians should learn from the attitude displayed by staff of the University in their relationship with our dear nation, Nigeria.

The story of FUNAI’s Convocation Arena is that of an idea that was translated into concrete reality through uncommon resilience, irrevocable commitment and doggedness to organizational vision in the face of cynicism and paucity of fund.  

 

FUNAI COUNCIL INAUGURATES ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE

The Governing Council of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State has inaugurated a Council Endowment Committee to scout for funds and other forms of support from well meaning Nigerians, private organizations and international funding agencies for the swift development of the University.

Speaking at the Senate Chamber of the University during the inauguration of the Committee on Thursday, 26th January, 2017, the Pro-chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Mba Uzokwu charged members to breast up to the challenge of raising funds and other supports for the development of the University, noting that University cannot rely solely on government to fulfill its financial obligations and pursue other developmental projects.

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L-R: Registrar, Mr. G.O Chukwu, VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Pro-chancellor/Chairman of Council, Prof. Mba Uzokwu and DVC, Prof. Sunday Elom during the inauguration of the Committee

Members of the Council Endowment Committee include the                            Pro-chancellor/Chairman of the University Governing Council, Prof. Mba Uzoukwu, the Vice Chancellor; Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sunday Elom. Other members of the Committee are the Bursar, Mr. R.K Aliu, Prof. Mathew Edeoga and Prof. G.M.T Emezue.

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L-R: Bursar, Mr. R.k Aliu, Prof. GMT Emezue and Prof. Mathew Edeoga during the inauguration

Recall that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nwajiuba had earlier inaugurated a         14-member University Committee on Endowment headed by Prof. O.O Ugwu. With the inauguration of the Council Committee on Endowment, the members of the former Committee were co-opted into the new Committee.

FUNAI MATRICULATES 1,500 STUDENTS

The Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi state has matriculated 1, 500 students for the 2016/2017 academic session.

This was made known by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba during the matriculation ceremony of the University held on Wednesday, 25th January, 2017.

The freshmen are the 5th set of students of the University. Unlike earlier matriculation ceremonies of the University, this year’s event was decentralized to faculties, with the Deans of Faculty overseeing the ceremony on behalf of the Vice Chancellor at their various faculties.

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Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Prof. Robert Nneli reading the Vice Chancellor’s speech during the event

Addressing the new students, the Vice Chancellor stated: “To our freshmen, today’s matriculation ceremony marks your formal admission into the family of FUNAI- the Home of Soaring Eagles. By this event you have been officially admitted into the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo

“You have earned a place at today’s matriculation because of your impressive grades and scores in both the Senior Secondary School Examinations and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). You should be proud of this achievement. However, you should be humbled by the fact that only a little over 1,500 of you have been given this rare opportunity out of the nearly 9,000 candidates that competed for a place at FUNAI.”

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A section of the Matriculating students in their procession

The Vice Chancellor further charged the students to avoid all manner of campus attractions and face their studies squarely to avoid regrets at the end. “You have now been given the time and chance to study in this University. Do not misuse it. Embark on rewarding activities and avoid the so called campus attraction”, he said.

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VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba (7th R) in a group photograph with the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Mathew Edeoga and other members of the Faculty Board after the matriculation ceremony

Prof. Nwajiuba noted that the University was geared towards equipping students with the right skills that would make them compete favourably with their peers anywhere in the world. He further stressed that the University has zero tolerance to cultism, examination malpractice, drug abuse, prostitution, sex and money-for-marks and other social vices, advising the students to mind their studies and be of good behavior if they intend to succeed in the University.

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On behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba; the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Jonny Ogunji administering oath of allegiance on the freshmen of his Faculty

Calling on the freshmen to avail themselves of the University facilities, the Vice Chancellor advised them to make good use of the University’s library, laboratories, medical and sports centres in order to excel in their studies and for their total development and wellbeing.

The highpoint of the matriculation ceremony was an oath of loyalty by the freshmen to abide by the University’s rules and regulations and a pledge to appreciate and cherish her ideals, as well as the signing of matriculation register at their various faculties.

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Some of the matriculating students expressing joy on their admission into FUNAI

 

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Call for papers:A festschrift in Honour of Monsignor (Professor) Christopher Ifeanyichukwu Ejizu

Dear Colleagues, friends and Students of Prof Christopher I. Ejizu,

Monsignor (Professor) Christopher ifeanyichukwu Ejizu, an outstanding International Scholar, is retiring from the University of Port Harcourt, his base for well over three decades. Ejizu is one of the foremost and original thinkers of the nature and character of contemporary African religious map, an accomplished teacher whose numerous essays in Nigerian and foreign literatures have both depth and clarity of a true scholar. Chris Ejizu is one of the pioneer founders of the prestigious Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Port Harcourt and a shining light whose propagation of critical excellence at the University is as influential as it is enviable.  

As part of the events to mark the retirement celebrations of this academic doyen, Monsignor (Prof.) Christopher Ejizu, in August 2017, we are preparing festschrift which will address and evaluate the state of disciplines he has not only contributed to but shaped in Religious and Cultural Studies in the University of Port Harcourt and beyond.

The organizing committee welcomes contributions in any area of Prof. Ejizu’s published research interest relating to Religous and Cultural Studies in General, Rituals and Symbolism, Religous Ethics, Theories and Methods in Religous Studies.

Topics may include but not limited to:

  1. Personal narratives
  2. Reprints of Prof. Ejizu’s earliest work.
  3. Joyful paeans to Prof. Ejizu.
  4. Environmental Ethics.
  5. African Theology and Christian Identity.
  6. Challenges and Prospects of Religious Studies.
  7. Religion and the Media
  8. Ecumenical Movements.
  9. Religion and the Arts.
  10. Religious History.
  11. Oral Sources.
  12. Inter-Religious Dialogue.
  13. Religion and Urban Development.
  14. Religion, Peace and Conflict Management.
  15. Indigenous Religious Rituals.
  16. Indigenous Religious symbols and Iconography.

All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance to the APA guidelines and should be submitted via e-mail to festscriftonejizu2017gmail.com. Please note that the manuscript will go through normal blind peer review procedures. Important dates for manuscript submission:

  • Abstract submission deadline: February 14, 2017
  • Paper submission deadline: April, 30th, 2017
  • Publication deadline June 14, 2017

Please direct any questions or comments to

Editor-in-Chief

Festschriftoneejizu2017gmail.com