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OAU, Gregory University emerge Nigeria’s outstanding varsities

The Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, has emerged the outstanding public university of the year, while Gregory University, Abia State, is the outstanding private university.

The year’s outstanding state-owned university was won by the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. These were made known at the first-ever Education Awards and Lecture, held virtually on Friday.

According to a statement on Monday by the Chairman, Screening Committee for the SNEAWARDS, Rev. Honey Olawale, the programme was organised by the southwest, northwest and southeast Awards, a Nigerian regional socio-economic assessment body, in collaboration with a South African-based, Africa Skills Centre.

Also, no fewer than 27 dons won the award of outstanding lecturers of the year, while many other distinguished Nigerians emerged as Ambassadors of Education.

At the virtual education award programme, no fewer than 20 professors cutting across various fields, 10 holders of the Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) and several captains of industry, participated.

Other winners at the award programme include, Prof Gregory Ibeh who received the National Education Icon of the year.

The statement added that the Birthright Academy, Port Harcourt, Hallmark Secondary School, Info-Chrystal Land School, Markurdi, jointly won the outstanding schools of the year.

It added that Prof Ladokun Olusola of the Lead City University Ibadan, Prof Ajayi Adetutu of the Augustine University, Prof Babatunde Ajayi of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and about 20 other lecturers were honoured at the outstanding lecturers category.

Members of staff of Brainford Educational Consult, Delizon and ElveeGroup Dr Livinus Nosike, Glory Ajie, Rois Ola and 25 others were also honoured under the category of Education Advancement Ambassadors.

A leading guest speaker at the occasion, the Deputy Senate Leader, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, urged Nigerians to dignify hard work, as it was the only way to enhance humanity.

He said, “While the development of the education sector takes the front-burner in government concerns, the fact remains that it is through a collective effort that we can advance knowledge and grow our national economy.”

Borrofice particularly canvassed the private sector involvement in educational development in Nigeria.

Gregory University Uturu Set to Launch Centre For Immigration Law Studies

Arrangements have been concluded for the inauguration of the Centre of Immigration Law Studies(CILS), in Gregory University Uturu. The first of its kind in Nigeria, the Gregory University Uturu Centre for Immigration Law Studies is designed to provide sustainable, coordinated and continuing professional education, training and capacity building for officers of the Nigeria Immigration Services on contemporary developments in migration management.

The centre will organise professional workshops for officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service, while serving as a research centre that deploys conferences and seminars to explore and dissect key legal and policy issues on migration management. It is also envisaged that the centre will provide advisory services on immigration law and services.

When functional, the centre will therefore be a key player in the task of formulating standard policies for migration management in Nigeria.

It is therefore against the backdrop of the crucial importance of expatriate engagement and management in the mobility landscape of the Nigerian business environment, and in recognition of the need for institutionized, comprehensive, coherent and experiential learning opportunities in the field of immigration law in Nigeria, that Gregory University Uturu, Africa’s emerging hub of entrepreneurial education and the Nigerian Immigration Service initiated the mutually beneficial partnership which led to the birth of the Centre of Immigration Law Services.

Therefore all roads will lead to Gregory University Uturu on Saturday 13 March 2021 when critical stakeholders and key players in immigration law management will gather for the historic inauguration of the premiere Centre for Immigration Law Studies. Highlight of the event will be the delivery of inaugural lecture by Prof Epiphany Azinge SAN,former Director-General of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and elected member of Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal.

Being a renowned expert in constitutional and immigration law, Prof Azinge will be speaking on the topic, ‘Future of Immigration Law and Policy in Nigeria’. In attendance will be the hierarchy of Nigeria Immigration Service led by the Comptroller-General, Mr Muhammed Babandede, MFR, while the Governor of state, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu will be the chief guest of honor. The public is thereby invited to participate in this unique event as all COVID-19 safety measures will apply.

Gov Ikpeazu, Prof Azinge, Babandede to speak at Gregory University inaugural lecture Saturday

The Centre For Immigration Law Studies, Gregory University, Uturu has announced its inaugural lecture billed to take place on Saturday, 13th March, 2021 at 10.30 am.

According to a statement signed by Prince Ebere Nwokoro, Director, Centre For Immigration Law Studies of the University, the Management of the University at the lecture, will play host to Professor Epiphany Azinge San, who will be Guest Speaker.

Professor Azinge is a former Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and an Elected Member, Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal. He is a leading authority in Constitutional law and Immigration law and will be speaking on the theme: ‘Future of Immigration Law and Policy in Nigeria’ .

His Excellency, Okezie Ikpeazu PhD – The Executive Governor of Abia State will be the Chief Guest of Honour at the event while the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service – Mr Muhammed Babandede MFR will be the Special Guest of Honour.

Goodluck Jonathan Bags Honorary Doctorate Degree from Gregory University, commissions 1000 bed capacity teaching hospital+PHOTOS

Nigeria’s ex President, Goodluck Jonathan has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by Gregory University Uturu, Abia State.

Jonathan, who was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration at a special convocation of the University, had earlier participated in the rededication of the school’s main auditorium which was named after him.

He also performed the foundation laying ceremony of a 1000 bed capacity Gregory University Uturu Teaching Hospital Complex located at Ezinnachi, Imo State, and commissioned a 5MVA electricity transformer procured by the Chancellor, Prof Gregory Ibe, for the purpose of distributing power to Uturu and environs.

While speaking at the convocation ceremony held at the Goodluck Jonathan Auditorium in the school, he urged Nigerian universities to aspire to produce the kind of workforce that would advance the nation’s economy on a sustainable basis.

He also emphasised that the universities should serve as hubs for technological innovation, adding that for the country to remain competitive, it must make reasonable contributions to the global body of knowledge, as it pertains to science and technology.

His words: “We must strive to make our universities, solution camps, and ideation grounds. Grounds for the formation of creative minds. Places that produce people pondering on solving the next mankind’s greatest challenges.

“Our universities must function as citadels for purpose-driven human development and hubs for technological innovation.

“For us to make sustainable progress, they must serve as institutions for research, discovery and development of transformative solutions that will reduce hunger, poverty, and unemployment.

“Nations that stand out today as very peaceful, prosperous, and stable are those with well-established educational systems.

“For this reason, every progress-minded society must make conscious and pragmatic efforts to build a proper education system that develops the capacities of its people because education serves as not just the gateway to prosperity but a peacebuilding mechanism.”

The former President further charged the students of the university and all others across the country to work hard to make their years on campus count.

“You must justify the investments made by your parents and guardians by making yourself relevant in the search for solutions to society’s challenges.”

PHOTOS from the event:

GREGORY UNIVERSITY UTURU HOLDS 9th MATRICULATION CEREMONY

All is now set for the 9th matriculation ceremony of Gregory University Uturu.

According to an official press statement signed by the acting Registrar of the university, Rosemary Igboekwe, the ceremony will be used to administer the traditional oath of matriculation on a total number of 306 newly admitted students of the 2020/2021 batch.

Part of the statement reads thus,” Sequel to successful conclusion of the statutory comprehensive orientation programme for all new intakes in the 2020/2021 academic session, management is pleased to announce the convening of the 9th matriculation ceremony of the university, to administer the traditional oath of induction on a total of 306 fresh students, on Saturday 13 February 2021”.

In compliance with COVID-19 safety measures however, the statement enjoins all attendees to strictly adhere to all existing preventive protocols including, wearing of facemasks, social distancing, constant washing of hands and use of hand sanitizers, warning that defaulters will be denied access to the event.

The release concludes by stating that the ceremony will be limited to students only, and thereby encourages the public, especially relations of the matriculating students to follow the event online via live streaming on all social media platforms.

Abia Govt to support private institutions as College of Medicine, Gregory Varsity is set for accreditation

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has reassured the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria that his administration will continue to create an enabling environment for the operation of private universities and all institutions of learning in the State to operate optimally.

Governor Ikpeazu who gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria led by their Registrar, Dr T. A. B. Sanusi at Government House, Umuahia, who are in the State for the accreditation of the Gregory University Uturu College of Medicine. The Governor noted that health and education remain two cardinal policies of his administration because of their importance in the socioeconomic development of states and nations.

Governor Ikpeazu represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude OKo Chukwu stressed that the Gregory University Uturu College of Medicine if accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria will go a long way in giving so many students desiring to study Medicine but could not as a result of limited admission quota the opportunity to study their dream course as Abia State University Uturu remains the only University that offers Medicine as a course in the entire State.

The State Chief Executive reaffirmed that Government will continue to partner the Gregory University Uturu in providing all that is needed for a College of Medicine to be accredited and lauded the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for ensuring that accredited Colleges of Medicine in the country measure up to standard and produce competent medical doctors trained to save life in accordance with the ethics of their profession.

Governor Ikpeazu used the occasion to stress that Abia still remains one of the safest states for investors and business entrepises and commended the Gregory University Uturu for collaborating with Government in uplifting the standard of education, health and the general development of the State.

Earlier in his speech, the Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Dr T. A. B. Sanusi said that they were in the State for their accreditation visit to the Gregory University Uturu, College of Medicine to determine whether they are qualified to be a Medical College in line with accepted standard and lauded the education and health friendly Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State for creating an enabling environment for the private university and other private institutions in the State to thrive, adding that the accreditation of Gregory University Uturu, College of Medicine will widen admission quota of those willing to study medicine in the State and beyond.

NIGERIA@60: Prof Ibe Urges Leaders To Deliver Democracy Dividends

The Chancellor of Gregory University Uturu Prof Gregory Ibe has charged leaders at all levels of governance in Nigeria to prioritize the patriotic act of delivering impactful dividends of democracy to the people.

Speaking while interacting with journalists recently in his country home at Amaokwe Achara Uturu, the university don who also doubles as the chairman of Committee of Proprietors of Private Universities in Nigeria, contended that provision of critical social infrastructure by leadership in all spheres of governance in Nigeria will stem the alarming rate of restiveness and agitations in the country.

According to Prof Ibe, “As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the birth of our nation, I want to wish Nigeria our motherland a prosperous diamond independence anniversary. Let me however use the opportunity of the anniversary to charge our political leaders to recommit themselves to the task of addressing the huge infrastructural deficiency currently plaguing the nation as a means of reducing the escalating degree of restiveness.”

Stressing that the level of infrastructural deployment directly impacts on the quality of life provided to the citizenry, he encouraged leaders to justify the number of years chronologically credited to Nigeria with equal amount of social amenities to assuage frail nerves.

In his words, “Benefitting from many years of consultancy to multinational agencies and personal interactions with leaders across the globe, I know that a development minded leadership automatically secures the peoples buy-in. Nigerian leaders should therefore work to secure public acceptance and willing participation in the act of governance through the delivery of impactful dividends of democracy.”

In conclusion, he asserted that given the enormous potentials of Nigeria, especially in the Human Resource sector and against the backdrop of the current deployment of technology and virtual platforms for knowledge transfer, the nation at sixty definitely has immense potentials going forward.

2020/21 ADMISSIONS: Beware, Fraudsters Are Impersonating Us! Gregory University Uturu Warns General Public

The Management of Gregory University Uturu (GUU) has alerted the general public of the fraudulent activities of certain individuals, especially one that uses the name, Dr Faith Bagudu, to defraud candidates seeking admission into the institution.

GUU, in a Press Release signed by its Sleek Ogbonnaya Ogwo, MNIPR who is the Deputy Registrar, Media and Public Relations of the institution, observed that these dubious individuals were deploying fraudulent websites and personal bank accounts to defraud prospective candidates seeking admission to the university in the current 2020/2021 Academic Session.

The statement read;

“Specifically, management wishes to alert the public of the unwholesome activities of a certain Dr. Faith Bagudu, who while claiming to represent the institution, has been in the practice of defrauding unsuspecting persons of huge sums of money through her personal Access Bank Account with the number 1394599479.

“Subsequently, management hereby wishes to reiterate that admission to any of the approved undergraduate programmes of the university in the Nine Colleges of Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, Management and Social Sciences and Humanities can ONLY be processed through the official website of the university, www.gregoryuniversityuturu.edu.ng, while all payments are EXCLUSIVELY made to the institutions accredited bank accounts that are reflected in the website.

“The public is thereby enjoined to be properly guided and avoid the error of transacting with the university through unlicensed middlemen and miscreants who deploy personal bank accounts and such contrived fake websites as http://www.gregoryuniversity.com, even as appropriate security agencies have been adequately briefed on these ignoble practices and their perpetuators.”

Gregory University Uturu Flags-Off Tree Planting Campaign

The management of Gregory University Uturu has launched an aggressive tree planting campaign aimed at reducing deforestation, increasing oxygen level in the environment and enhancing the aesthetic beauty of the campus.

Speaking during the formal flag-off event of the campaign, Vice Chancellor of the face paced institution, Prof Augustine Uwakwe stated ” the vision of management is to create a people- friendly smart environment devoid of unhealthy pollutants and by so doing encourage knowledge assimilation”.

According to Prof Uwakwe, the objective is to realise an eco green campus environment that will be conducive for the smooth conduct of all forms of schorlary activity.In his words,”this campaign is part of the larger vision borne by the Chancellor of our university,Prof Gregory Ibe, which has found expression in the initiation of many contemporary life-enhancing and health-supportive products, including such anti COVID-19 herbal solutions as Sniff-Sniff, Adonis Yellow,Hybrid Fuelless Generator, Sanitizing Chamber and Furnaces.

Shading more light on the tree planting campaign, the university Farm Manager, Ikechukwu Emezue, stated that his unit had nursed different species in order to realise the objective of raising a total of 1000 trees during the first phase of the exercise.

The exercise witnessed the symbolic planting of trees in different parts of the campus by members of the university management led by the Vice Chancellor.

How Gregory University, South East foremost private varsity is rising to challenges of COVID-19

Friday Obande (Nigerian Pilot)

Obande observes the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on a private higher institution, Gregory University Uturu Abia State, from where he gathers details:

It is a well known fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a harbinger for redistribution of wealth and livelihood around the globe, as it poses negative effects on all human activities. Following the stampede of academic activities by the plague across the globe, most learning institutions; would definitely be facing challenges of various degrees.

Nigeria is not an exception, mostly within the private sector and the education sector in particular which has been on pause for the past few months, as a result of the corona chronicle. Despite the ravage caused on the education sector, leading to closure of schools from the effect of the disease, Chancellor, Gregory University Uturu Abia State, Dr. Gregory Ikechukwu Ibe remains confident that the institution would overcome the negative impacts of the pandemic, and has also expressed optimism over the achievements the institution has recorded so far, and the strategies already put in place to combat the pandemic, both within and the institution.

Speaking on COVID-19, he explained that the school is currently carrying out disinfectant scheme to combat the coronavirus, adding that “In the sciences, last year, we launched the alternative medicine, so far as the pharmaceutical college is concerned and we deepened the knowledge of alternative medicine by producing three types of drugs that are currently on trial by NAFDAC to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Then also in the biological sciences and biochemistry departments, all the researchers are busy at work as I speak to you, helping to develop for diseases like Sickle Cell Aemia and to help carry out all the research work on all the products that people are submitting on the fight against the Coronavirus as it stands now and we are busy trying to see how we can introduce immune boosters into the country,” he assured.

In the area of safety guidelines, he hinted that the school is reshaping and relocating entrances of the university and preparing to safeguard our students, staff, management and visitors. Ibe also explained that a new gate has been built by the school to serve as an initial stop to the school and this stop has both security stop and waiting bay before you get to the nurse bay, which have toilet to contain people who are pressed.

“The nurses will first test everyone coming in before allowed to walk into the main gate of the university which is about 500 meters away and go through the screening process, a disinfectant boot kept there.

“This is to simply ensure that there is no close contact between the first and second gate which we are building to accommodate any form of contact or spread of the Coronavirus .

“We want to make sure that the chief Medical Director of the university assures all in comers into the university that nobody can contact the Coronavirus in our institution and that everybody coming into the school will feel safe to go round the campus premises freely,” he explained.

Another policy which is currently in place by the school’s management is the plan to make sure that nobody goes out of the school without the proper formalities and enabling laws are currently being laid down to that effect.

On the achievements recorded of the institution so far, Dr. Ibe stated that, it has recorded tremendous achievements over the years. He made mention of a students in the engineering department, who has just produced a fueless generator which is just one of five other achievements that will be launched in the next couple of weeks. The chancellor again, gave details of the blue print by the school.

He said the school has in the past six years, been the first University in Nigeria to change the building methods by producing decking plates that you can use to build your house which helps save the cost of building by saving the cost of decking your building by over 45-50% which the school pioneered in the country and many people are relying on that. He also said the school’s engineering department has started the manufacturing of crank shafts with machines that are already available at the department.

Also, the chancellor made mention of the milestone the institution has attained in Agricultural. According to him, day old chicks are being put in the school farm which has about 250, 000-300,000 bird capacity chicken farm and then, in addition “we have started running the palm oil and cassava plants, making sure that the students have the enthusiasm for entrepreneurship agriculture which is a value added advantage to the nation and the scholars will definitely be encouraged to have these skills to support subsistent and national livelihood,” added Ibe.

Other achievements he mentioned include; pioneering several projects under Environmental Studies where the opened the Green Energy Centre which is called West African Green Initiative which he said will boost the conferences that will be coming up under the college of Environmental Studies across West Africa.

As for the attendant challenges faced by the institution, Dr. Ibe agreed that, “there is scarcely any school proprietor or owner of any establishment that will say there are no challenges being encountered but it depends on the level of preparedness of the individual. In his analogy, the challenges are also as numerous as their solutions are.

He however added that; “As soon as the issue of this pandemic came in and accompanied by the lockdown, we were lucky to had both taken and concluded our first semester examinations and entered into the second semester; so it was easy for us to cope because we had closed the school for first semester vacation and expecting the students to come back in March to commence full classes.

The chancellor gave the assurance that Gregory University has put innovations in place to boost the learning environment. Mr. Ibe then explained that as an entrepreneurial based university, all the productive activities are on in the institution.

“What we encourage is as a matter of fact, I the chancellor would undergo my entrepreneurship class and further go into the exercises until the student has obtained two additional skills before the student leaves the university, to get more practically oriented.

He also told Nigerian Pilot that the school has over 700 staff comprising academic and nonacademic, and about 1, 400, students, including; the Post-Graduates school, with about 10 colleges and about 58 to 60 courses including the D-Pharm, which is Pharmaceutical College, Medical Sciences, Allied Medical, that cover other sub-disciplines such as; Optometry, Radiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Physiotherapy, Physiology, Aatomy, which are all studied in the university and in the natural Sciences, we have; Microbiology, Human and in Applied Biology, Physics, Chemistry, we are also endowed.

“The general idea is to be more Science based than Arts and Humanities but that notwithstanding, we still run those courses to create opportunities for students to succeed in life by attending our university,” he noted.

“We launched the alternative medicine, so far as the pharmaceutical college is concerned and we deepened the knowledge of alternative medicine by producing three types of drugs that are currently on trial by NAFDAC to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.