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UNIPORT inducts 53 new medical doctors, dental surgeons

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UNIPORT inducts 53 new medical doctors, dental surgeons

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Dr Tajudeen Sanusi, Registrar, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), says 53 medical doctors and dental surgeons of the University of Port Harcourt have been inducted into the medical practice.

He said that 32 of the inductees were medical doctors while 21 were dental surgeons.

According to the registrar, the number of the newly inducted physicians has further increased the number of qualified physicians in the country.

Sanusi said Nigeria in recent years had been faced with shortage of medical practitioners partly due to preference of some to practice their trade abroad.

According to him, MDCN was aware of shortage of doctors in the country and as such was doing everything possible to remedy the situation.

“However, in as much as we need more doctors, MDCN is not ready to compromise quality for quantity.

“We took this stance because, if a doctor is not properly trained, the patient as well as the entire medical profession suffer the consequences.

“If doctors are poorly trained then they will definitely constitute danger to public health. We believe that universities and their teaching hospitals must work hand-in-hand,” he said.

Sanusi said the council was aware of the challenges faced by newly trained doctors, especially in the area of getting placement for their housemanship.

He said that medical graduates would soon have ability to choose location and hospital of their choice for their mandatory housemanship.

The registrar commended UNIPORT for producing top-notch medical graduates, urging the institution to maintain its qualitative education standard in the country.

Speaking, UNIPORT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale, said the university was currently expanding its facilities by focusing on admission of more students in various medical programmes in the university.

He said that the university would soon complete its Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences complex and Department of Anatomy building, with funding from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

“We are very hopeful that this will persuade the MDCN to increase our carrying capacity in the number of students admitted into the College of Health Sciences,” he said.

Lale told the inductees that the medical profession had no room for mediocrity and professional misconduct, advising them to abide by the ethics of the profession.

One of the inductees, Dr Ezinne Okoronkwo, 26, expressed happiness over her graduation, having spent seven years training to become a dental surgeon.

Okoronkwo, who could not control her joy, thanked her parents for funding her studies as well as the entire UNIPORT community.

“I am also excited that MDCN is currently making efforts to ensure that new doctors get placement for their housemanship. This is a good development,” she said.

 

 

Desmond Ejibas: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

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Buhari mourns UNIPORT students, orders more intense police action

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of three University of Port Harcourt students reportedly murdered by their kidnappers and their bodies buried in a shallow grave in April.

The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, also extended condolences to the university authorities and the Rivers State Government over the unfortunate incident.

While describing the tragic occurrence as “sad and heinous,” Buhari regretted that the “evil perpetrators have cut short the prospectively bright journey of these youths”.

He prayed that God would comfort all those who mourned these young students and grant their souls eternal rest.

While noting that the Nigerian Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit has apprehended one of the suspected perpetrators, the president further directed the police authorities to intensify search for the remaining suspects and bring them to justice.

”This administration will continue to equip the law enforcement and security agencies to bring to an end the evil activities of kidnappers in the country,” he assured.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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UniPort alumni seeks end to crisis in election of new Vice Chancellor  

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The Rivers Chapter of the University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) Alumni Association has sued for peace in the election of a new vice chancellor for the university.

Sam Woka, the President of the association, made the call on behalf of members in a statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

According to him, the warring parties in the election should embrace peace to enable the university to move forward.

“The implication of having leadership crisis by the halting of election of a new Vice Chancellor by the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt is of great concern to us.  

“We, therefore, call on all parties who took the matter to court and the respondents to submit themselves to the Board of Trustees of the alumni association.”

Woka said the association’s trustees,  led by Dr Alex Otti,  intended to initiate an out-of-court settlement between the warring parties in the overall interest of the institution.  

“The association calls on the Federal Government and the university to positively respond to the demand of the alumni for the election or appointment of an alumnus as substantive vice chancellor.

“The appointment of an alumnus should be done before the expiration of the tenure of the current vice chancellor.

“The dreams of founding fathers of the institution can best be realised and redeemed with the emergence of an alumnus among the qualified professors in the race,” he said. 

Woka said the association had constituted a five-man Covid-19 Palliative Committee to respond to the needs of members adversely affected by Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

He said the committee, headed by the alumni’s UniPort chapter 1st Vice President, Iyekor Ikporo, would receive donations from healthy alumnus for onward distribution to indigent members of the association.

“So, we urge the public to observe social distancing, proper health and sanitary hygiene and follow all public health guidelines in order to reduce spread of the virus,” he advised.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN) 

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UNIPORT expels 8 students over alleged plagiarism, malpractices

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The Senate of University of Port Harcourt (UniPort) has expelled eight students over alleged misconduct bordering on plagiarism, extortion and examination malpractices.

Dr Williams Wodi, the Deputy Registrar (Information), confirmed the development in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency, in Port Harcourt on Friday.

He said the decision to sack the students was taken during the 449 meeting of the Senate of the university.

“The students were expelled after a separate investigation established cases of gross misconduct against them. They were summarily expelled to serve as deterrent to others.

“Four of the students were expelled for attempted tampering with the anti-plagiarism scan (software) which ascertains the originality of students’ research.

“Also, two of the expelled students were involved in examination malpractices, while one of them was caught extorting N360,000 from his fellow students.

“The Senate withdrew the studentship of one of the students for abandoning his medical programme for three academic sessions without formal documentation or authorisation from the authorities,” he said.

Wodi said the affected students were from the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Department of History and Diplomatic Studies and Department of Fisheries.

Others are: Department of Educational Foundation, while one of the affected students was a Master of Science degree student.

According to him, the university recently obtained five new patents from the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Protection (NOTAP) in Abuja.

“This was made possible by researchers in UNIPORT which places the university among higher institutions that recently received patents,” he said.

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UNIPORT gets 37 new professors

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The University of Port Harcourt has promoted 37 senior academics to the rank of professor.

 

Dr Williams Wodi, Deputy Registrar, Information, UNIPORT, who disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Saturday, said they passed through stringent criteria set up by the Senate of the university.

 

“The promotion of academics to the professoriate were approved at the 171st meeting of the Governing Council of the University on Dec. 10, 2020.

 

“Breakdown of the promotion shows that seven of the new professors are from the Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Social Science got one and Faculty of Science, four.

 

“Faculty of Education, 2; Faculty of Engineering, one; Faculty of Agriculture, seven; Faculty of Clinical Sciences, 12, and Faculty of Dentistry got three new professors,” Wodi said.

 

He quoted the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale to have congratulated the new professors and urged them to be prepared for the new tasks ahead.

 

“We expect you (professors) to be in the forefront of teaching, research and public service, as well as mentor younger academics and students,” he said.

Edited by: Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide

 

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ASUU splits as faction opens in UNIPORT

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The Congress of University Academics (CONUA), a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says it has opened its branch at the University of Port Harcourt.

The groups South-South National Deputy Coordinator 1, Dr Iyawe Hanson, announced this to newsmen at a briefing in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

According to Hanson, the CONUA decided to open its branch in UNIPORT due to lack of principles of justice, fairness, probity and equity in its former body.

“Also, the loss of accountability, transparency, non adherence to constitutional provisions and erasure of the right of members to freely express their views led to the formation of CONUA.

“Academic unionism in the country has failed to evolve and provide the necessary academic leadership and rational thoughts needed to adapt in the 21st century advances in global tertiary education.’’

Hanson noted that dictatorial leadership in academic unionism had breed discontentment among members leading to calls for a veritable alternative.

He said CONUA had become the needed veritable alternative for all progressive minds in academic in the country.

“Consequently we are discarding militancy by embracing democratic tenets of approaching contending issues.

“We know that nothing has bedeviled the fortunes of the Nigerian students like the incessant truncations of academic calendar. A stable academic calendar is very important.

“To this end, the academic staff union of UNIPORT has decided to take the bull by the horn, by joining CONUA. Their decision is laudable and historic,” he said.

Hanson called on tertiary institution in the country to emulate UNIPORT and join the union to restore and develop the nation’s educational system.

Dr Ovunda Ihunwo, the branch Chairman of CONUA in UNIPORT, said that academic staff in the university decided to join CONUA due to alleged lack of due process in the UNIPORT branch of ASUU.

He listed some of the reasons to include illegal suspension of Prof. Anthonia Okerengwo; illegal termination of appointment of Prof. Frank Ugiomoh and the promotion of ethnic and regional disunity in the union, among others.

“So, we have resolved, that henceforth we are not going to allow few selfish individuals to further cause crises by truncating stability and current smooth running in UNIPORT.

“We shall cooperate with UNIPORT management and the university community on matters that are in the interest of students, staff members and enlightened public to stabilise the academic calendar.

“We declare that from today, we no longer belong to ASUU. So, we call on the Vice-Chancellor to ensure the immediate stoppage of all check-offs from our members’ salaries to ASUU,” he demanded.

Ihunwo further called on the university management to conduct a forensic audit into the disbursement of the last two tranches of the Earned Academic Allowances paid to workers.

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IPPIS: UNIPORT students protest, reject strike notice by ASUU

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Some students of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), on Wednesday protested allege threat by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to go on strike over government’s payroll system.

Nigeria News Agency reports that ASUU had rejected a Federal Government’s directive mandating academic workers to enrol into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) before Dec. 7.

The students in their numbers also staged the peaceful protest to reject ASUU’s alleged directive to withhold student’s second semester results.

The students, who disrupted a meeting by ASUU in the university campus, held placards with the inscriptions: ASUU let our academic calendar stand; Say no to strike; Stop exploiting students, among others.

Sowari Daniel, President, Students’ Union Government (SUG) in UNIPORT, who led the protest at the campus in Port Harcourt, called for Federal Government intervention.

“The SUG rejects ASUU’s unpatriotic approach of inciting academics against government’s well intended policies and UNIPORT management’s innovations to stabilise and revitalise the university’s system.

ASUU’s threat of strike action is unpatriotic move in the face of current realities in UNIPORT, where all stakeholders are making efforts to revive the system.

“We learnt of ASUU’s meeting to move forward their plan to strike on Dec. 20. So, students took protest to their meeting to avert any strike by lecturers.

“There is no justification for the incessant strike actions in the University of Port Harcourt,” he said.

Daniel said the student body was dismayed with ASUU’s directive to its members to withhold students’ second semester (2018/2019 session) results.

The SUG president claimed that the call by ASUU was an attempt to hold the university management to ransom and serve a cheap political point.

According to him, the alleged unpopular decisions taken by ASUU in UNIPORT recently led to the formation of a break-away faction, the Congress of University Academics (CONUA).

“To this end, the UNIPORT branch of SUG is giving its full support and loyalty of CONUA. We also urge management to give full support to CONUA.

“Consequently, the student’s union has ceased to recognise the gathering of any group of people in our university in the name of ASUU,” he said.

NAN reports that CONUA, a faction of ASUU, had on Tuesday opened its branch in UNIPORT with lecturers in their large numbers participating in the opening.

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UNIPORT clarifies director’s status in sexual harassment policy presentation event

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The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Friday clarified the status of Mrs Ijeoma Duru, an Assistant Director in the Federal Ministry of Education, when she attended the university’s  official presentation of the Sexual Harassment Policy document on Oct. 29.

According to a statement issued by Dr Williams Wodi, the Deputy Registrar, Information, Publications and Public Relations, UNIPORT, Duru was in the event in her capacity and not as a representative of Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The clarification became necessary as a result of the personal remarks made by Duru while reading Adamu’s speech which was credited to the minister in respect of the sex-for-grade issue raging in some higher institutions in the country.

The Assistant Director, Tertiary Education Department in the Ministry, while delivering a speech had made an extempore remark advising female students to desist from going to lecturers’ offices unnecessarily in order to stave off sexual harassment.

“Duru made a few extempore (informal) statements that may not have been captured the way she intended them to be interpreted.

“It is possible that the audience at the event may have rightly believed that the senior official spoke on behalf of the Minister,’’ Wodi stated.

He explained that the minister in his wisdom could not have made such ‘embarrassing’ remarks – knowing that students had a variety of reasons that were certainly not to ‘sexually harass’ lecturers.

“It is common knowledge that male and female students have several genuine reasons to visit the offices of their lecturers – male or female.

“So, this statement runs against elementary logic and rational thinking that the minister made this comment having been in the forefront of the campaign against sexual harassment on university campuses.

“We can only assume that Duru, who was obviously not mandated to speak for the Minister, may have said a few things that may not have been captured the way she meant them.

“This does not in any way suggest that the media deliberately quoted Mrs Duru out of context.

“But it is simply to set the record straight with respect to what the Assistant Director actually meant to convey to the audience before she unveiled the Sexual Harassment Policy document,” he pointed out.

The university spokesman appealed to the public to disassociate the minster from the controversial statement by Duru.

“Duru made the comment in her own right as an official of the Ministry; and not in her capacity as a representative of the Honourable Minister,” Wodi emphasised.


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Sex for Grades: UNIPORT goes tough on students, lecturers

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The Federal Government is embarrassed by increased allegations of sexual misconduct in the country’s tertiary institutions, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has said.

Adamu made the remark at the formal presentation of Sexual Harassment Policy Document by the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

The unveiling of the document followed the recent British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) sex-for-grades investigation report on some African universities.

Adamu, represented by Mrs Ijeoma Duru, an Assistant Director, Tertiary Education Department in the Ministry, urged students to take their studies serious to avoid undue exposure to sexual predators.

“The Federal Ministry of Education is embarrassed with the allegations of sex-for-grades in Nigeria’s higher institutions.

“Girls should read their books and be able to defend their certificates and as such, make them less vulnerable to sexual predators.

“They (female students) should stop going to lecturers unnecessarily and also should not harass their lecturers,” he said.

The minister said that UNIPORT was the first university in the country to unveil a policy document against sexual harassment on campus.

According to him, the policy will go a long way in addressing the danger of sexual harassment in institutions of learning.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale, said the university frowned at sexual misconduct and was taking actionable steps to tackle the menace.

He said the document defined the rules of engagement between lecturers, administrators and students, including visitors to the university.

“The document unambiguously defines what constitutes sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who wittingly and unwittingly infringe on its provisions in the line of duty.

“Henceforth, lecturers and administrators who do not remember to sow zippers in front of their trousers should be ready to bear the consequences of their amorous liaison with female students.

“Also, students who harass lecturers to award them undeserved grades should equally be ready to face the music if and when they are caught in the act of self-advertisement to their lecturers.

“Similarly, any randy Juliet (female student) who blackmails vulnerable male students or colleagues, and any visitor who believes that UNIPORT is hunting ground for cheap sex would be prosecuted,” he warned.

Lale said that any person accused of sexual misconduct would be presumed guilty until such allegation was proved otherwise, under the established rules of fair hearing.

Prof. Nwadiuto Akani of the Department of Paediatrics, UNIPORT, said that sexual misconduct started with a lecturer or student addressing themselves by names, such as, baby, honey and darling.

She said that gestures, such as hugging; blowing kissing sound, touching of the body and sending unsolicited messages, constituted sexual harassment.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that female students went into wild jubilation following the unveiling of the document on campus.

Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Chukwudi Ekezie

 

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NDDC sponsors cancer research in UNIPORT

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has endowed a Professional Chair in Oncology which is the study and treatment of cancer at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), an official said.

NDDC’s Acting Managing Director, Prof. Nelson Brambaifa, made disclosure in a statement by the commission’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Charles Odili in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

Brambaifa spoke at the opening of the 59th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Rivers.

According to him, NDDC is passionate to provide access to quality healthcare as well as promote healthy practices in the Niger Delta.

“So, NDDC will endow a Professional Chair in Oncology in UNIPORT. This follows a similar endowment of a professional chair in malaria research for the same university in 2016.

“Our mission is to facilitate sustainable development of the region with intent to improve health and well-being of the people.

“NDDC is intervening in healthcare delivery through the provision of infrastructure and providing access to free healthcare to more indigent communities in the region,” he said.

The managing director said the new management after taking office in 2018 resumed the defunct free healthcare programme to communities.

“The programme has been one of the most significant interventions by NDDC. So far, the free healthcare has treated over 1.2 million documented patients.

“The treatment ranges from simple diagnosis to complicated surgeries carried out in about 3,500 communities with 6,000 referral cases,” he added.

Brambaifa assured the people of the commission’s willingness to partner with NMA to bring quality healthcare services to communities.

Also, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers commended NDDC for partnering with the medical association to conduct medical outreach programmes for people living with disabilities in the state.

Represented by the Deputy Gov. Ipalibo Banigo, Wike said studies had shown that social factors, such as lifestyle, education, housing, agriculture and environment played major role in living condition.

On his part, Rivers branch Chairman of NMA, Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, said that non-communicable diseases was the leading causes of death in the world.

“Diseases of long duration and slow progression can only be managed through behavioural change and adoption of healthy lifestyle,” he said.

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UNIPORT to run executive programmes on spirituality, business principles for clergies

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The Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, says an Executive Business School programme to balance spirituality and business principles for ministers will be introduced.

The Acting Head of Department, Dr Ngozi Iheanacho, disclosed this while giving his address of welcome at a conference on Pentecostalism and African Pastorate Profile by the department on Tuesday at the university.

Iheanacho said that the 2019 conference, Serie 1 was in honour of Port Harcourt-based Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), for his contribution to humanity.

He said that the project was in tandem with an aspect of the department’s knowledge thrust and quest for research and documentation.

According to Iheanacho, the project was aimed at promoting Town-and-Gown relations, community service and good working relations between the academia and industry players, cognate to their discipline.

“There is a global scholarship trend on the exploration of contemporary African Christianity, pastorate and nascent pentecostalism; and our design in this project is skewed in Pentecostal Christian Ethnography.

“We want to make UNIPORT and our department in particular, a major stop point for data on outstanding African Apostolates.

“We don’t want to wait for foreign scholars to write and, be the resource persons and custodians of the account of our own distinguished men of God,” he said.

Iheanacho saidd that pentecostal ministry and phenomenon flourished potently and loomed large in the society and individual cravings.

He said that it therefore, became plausible to honour and celebrate outstanding key players in the industry.

“From our pre-conference study, we identified the ministerial thrust and strength of Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere to lie on social gospel.

“It is against this backdrop that the department resolved to honour him with an award of Ministerial Excellence, as “Crusader of Social Gospel’,” Iheanacho said.

He said that the citation on the clergy undercored the department’s resolution.

“Many of the conference papers will discuss the details and nexus between Apostle Chinyere’s humanitarian activities and the social foundations of Jesus’ Ministry,” Iheanacho said.

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UNIPORT’s International Centres: Sports-loving Vice-Chancellors have contributed to its success — Director

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April 10, 2019 3:02 pm by oremule.modupe – Nigeria –

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Lagos, April 10, 2019 Prof. Ken Anugweje, the Director of sports at the University

of Port Harcourt on Wednesday attributed the success of the institution in sports to its

two international centres and sports-loving Vice-Chancellors at the institution.

Anugweje, who was reacting to the success story of the institution’s athletes at various

competitions, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the institution was

fortunate.

“We have been so lucky with the Vice-Chancellors we have been having, who have

stressed the importance of excellent performance in sports.

“The institution’s Vice-Chancellors have always keyed into sporting excellence of the

University, we are also fortunate to have two international centres. There is also the

Olympic African Centre for kids.

“There is also the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) High-Performance

Centre,’’ he said.

Anugweje told NNN that the institution became the choice for most students because

most of the athletes were discovered from their primary schools.

“We get most of our athletes from primary schools through secondary schools and then

they come to UNIPORT to study.

“Many of those in the Secondary Schools have scholarships from the Olympic Africa

headquarters in Dakar. Many of them live around the university and train at the

institution.

“So, during JAMB registration, the university becomes a natural choice for them and

we have a strong welfare programme for our athletes,’’ he said.

NNN reports that some of its student-athletes are Joseph Edafiadhe, a 2018 West African

University Games (WAUG) long jump gold medallist; he is also a 2018 National Sports

Festival (NSF) silver medallist.

Favour Ofili is a 400m gold medallist at the 2018 African Youth Championships which

held in Algiers, where she represented Nigeria at the Youth Olympics Games in

Buenos Aires.

Ofili also played a vital role in helping the UNIPORT team to win gold in the 4x400m

relay at the 2018 WAUG.

UNIPORT won 75 gold, 36 silver and 24 bronze medals at the 2018 WAUG.

 

 

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TETFund inaugurates lecture theatre, museum for UNIPORT students

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Port Harcourt, April 6, 2019 The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Saturday commissioned an ultra-modern multi-purpose building with lecture theatre and offices, for students and staff of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

TETFund’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Elias Bogoro, who commissioned and handed the project over to UNIPORT management in Port Harcourt, said the building would boost learning in the institution.

He said the building had facilities, including, 1,200 capacity auditorium, 600-capacity lecture theatre, eight classrooms, eight lecture halls and 24 fully-furnished offices for academic staff.

Others projects commissioned are a Museum, building for Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and the Department of Human Anatomy staff offices and dissecting rooms, among others.

“This gigantic project simply known as `Seven-in-One’ represents the first time such a massive signature infrastructure will be commissioned by TETFund in any university.

“The infrastructure is what we can proudly proclaim as a TETFund project going by the quality of work done and the finishing,” he said.

Bogoro said that TETFund was committed to building more infrastructure as well as improved facilities in universities across the country.

He said the building complex would serve generations of students, urging the university community to make judicious use of the edifice.

Also speaking, Darlington Nwokocha, an official of the National Universities Commission (NUC), said the project was a testimony of good governance under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“We are happy to note that this institution has produced wonderful people, who should advocate for the university to get the best in service delivery and infrastructure,” he said.

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UNIPORT to graduate 9,452 students, 106 bag first class

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Port Harcourt, March 25, 2019 The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) will on Saturday graduate 9,452 students with 106 of them  bagging First Class degrees.

Prof. Ndowa Lale, the Vice-Chancellor of the university,  disclosed this at a news conference on Monday in Port Harcourt as part of programmes to mark  the 32nd Convocation Ceremony of the institution.

Lale said the conferment of degrees, higher degrees, diploma, certificates and prizes would hold at the university from March 29 to March 30.

“Out of the figure, 106 graduands will receive the First Class Honours,  1,799 Second Class Upper Division,  2,533 Second Class Lower Division while 132 will receive Third Class degrees.

“Also, a total of 70 will receive Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees; 105 will be admitted into Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery while 26 students gets Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree,” he said.

Lale said no fewer than 4,681 students would also be conferred with the Doctor of Philosophy degree, Master’s degree and Postgraduate Diploma in various specialisation and programmes.

The vice chancellor said the students were drawn from eight faculties which included  Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Education, Engineering, Management Sciences, Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Others were School of Science Laboratory Technology (SSLT) and College of Health Sciences.

“The Minister of Science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu will deliver a convocation lecture on March 28 entitled: “ Higher Education as a Driver of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of a Nation.’’

“UNIPORT will continue to produce quality graduates that will compete favourably with their counterparts locally and internationally,” he said.

Lale said that since he took office in 2015,  several programmes had been introduced with the focus of  making UNIPORT a world class university in academics, research and development.

He said that students and lecturers now take  attendance to class and other academic work seriously due to stringent measures introduced in the university.

“We have completed rehabilitation of 15 hostel accommodation and  nine lecture halls and classrooms in collaboration with the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS).

“Also, 16 of the 32 housing units that we initiated at the University Park have now been completed and allocated to staff.

“I am also pleased to announce that all the programmes offered in UNIPORT now enjoy full accreditation status – thanks to the quality of our academic programmes and personnel,” he added.

The vice chancellor said that UNIPORT would continue to play a leading role in research and development in order to solve  practical problems of industries and the larger society.

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UNIPORT to participate in maiden African Universities Olympics

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Prof. Ken Anugweje, the Director of Sports, University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Friday said that the institution would feature four athletes and a coach at the forthcoming maiden African Universities Olympics.

Anugweje told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the institution was invited by the Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in conjunction with the Association of African Universities (AAU).

“UNIPORT is to feature in athletics at the University Olympics scheduled for Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt from March 13 to March 20.

“We received a letter from the host university in Cairo that the competition is being organised under the auspices of AAU and that UNIPORT is nominated to represent West Africa in Athletics.

“For other sports like football, basketball etc, I think they chose other universities but I don’t know whether any was chosen in Nigeria,” he said.

He said that the institution was sending two male and two female athletes, including a coach to the competition due to its non-inclusion in the institution’s annual sports budget.

Anugweje gave the names as Joseph Edafiadhe who specialises in the long jump and Blessing Oluwayemi who is a triple jumper.

The females are Favour Ofili who specialises in 400m and 200m and Grace Nwokocha who runs 100m and 200m, while George Obiano is the coach.

The director of sports said that the athletes were selected according to their current performances and standard, noting that they had more chances of winning medals at the Games.

“These athletes are all gold medallists in their respective events and we considered their prospects of doing well. We have gold medallists in other events.

“But when we checked the middle distance, we felt that they might not stand much chance against the East Africans, likewise in the throws where the North Africans have dominance,” he said.

The Universities Olympics is aimed at creating a unique platform for the youth in African universities to dialogue and collaborate towards achieving Africa’s continental initiatives.

Such initiatives, he said, included the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) and Agenda 2063 (The Africa We Want).

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Science ministry ready to boost amenities in UNIPORT

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, says the

ministry is determined to provide electricity and water supply equipment to boost amenities in University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

The information is in a statement issued on Wednesday by Mr AbdulGaniyu Aminu, the Head of Public Relations in the ministry.

Aminu stated that Onu made the disclosure when a team from UNIPORT paid a courtesy visit to the

minister recently in his office.

He quoted the minister as saying: “The Ministry of Science and Technology will continue to support tertiary institutions, research institutes

and the informal sector in their innovation drive.

“I call on research institutes to convert research results into products to stop massive importation into the country.

“Universities play very important roles in the area of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).”

Onu added that such effort would boost basic amenity needs in institutions.

He disclosed that the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), an agency under the ministry,

was working on reverse engineering, to ensure that product analysis were done in the country by providing good laboratories.

Reverse engineering, also called back engineering, is the process by which a man-made object is deconstructed to reveal its

designs, architecture, or to extract knowledge from the object; similar to scientific research.

“The difference is that scientific research is about a natural phenomenon. Reverse engineering is applicable in the fields of

mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, software engineering, chemical engineering and systems biology,’’ he explained.

Prof. Mvendaiga Jibo, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of UNIPORT, who led the team, commended

Onu’s effort in solving the electricity and water needs of the university.

He commended the minister as one of the pioneer Head of Department of Chemical Engineering of UNIPORT for laying a solid foundation.

Jibo added that Onu had indicated clear commitment to unity of the country.

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Climate change: Experts warns over increasing heatwave in Nigeria

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Some lecturers in the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Wednesday blamed the increasing heatwave mostly experienced at night to change in global temperature.

Prof. Prince Mmon, an environmentalist in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, UNIPORT, confirmed the development to the Nigeria News Agency in Port Harcourt.

Mmon, who is the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, said the steady rise in global temperature was caused by natural and anthropogenic activities.

“Basically, the weather is very hot these days, especially at night. Incidentally, this unpredictable weather phenomenon is being experienced in every part of the country.

“This alarming situation is largely traceable to climate change which is here with us and can no longer be disputed by even the worst cynics.

“Global warming is increasing affecting every part of the world – which is symptomatic of the adverse effects of climate change,” he said.

The university don blamed the change in climate in Nigeria to activities of oil and gas companies and bush burning, among others.

Mmon added that emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as well as other factors constituted “a kind of ceiling that prevents radiation of heat on the Earth’s plain.”

“The current heat wave could lead to drought, skin burn, health complications and may even result in death.

“It is in our best interest to reduce such human activities that threaten the environment as gas flaring and emission from industrial plants.

“We need to embark on aggressive agro-forestation, such as deliberate tree planting. We need to take urgent measures to reverse the trend if we are to survive,” he advised.

Also speaking, the Director of School of Public Health in UNIPORT, Prof. Best Ordinioha, said the current heat wave could lead to fatalities, if urgent steps were not taken to reverse the trend.

According to him, the heat wave is dangerous due to excessive sweat the human body releases to cool its temperature.

“So, as we sweat, we lose electrolytes. Inability of the body to replace the lost electrolytes will inevitably lead to muscle cramps.

“Also, the heat which occurs mostly at night, leads to poor sleep, resulting to reduced productivity and poor mental performance,” he said.

Ordinioha said that the human body became hot only when it was unable to dissipate heat through the lack of evaporation that depended on humidity and wind flow.

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation’s economy to a digital economy.

He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT).

Pantami  said the facility, known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building, would be used to develop ideas to end the nation’s dependence on crude oil.

The minister said: “This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country.

“The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas.

“Presently, the world is moving from natural-resources based economy to knowledge –based economy and so, federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket.

Pantami, who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge-based economy, said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy.

He said that many countries, including the United States, China and European, no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired.

“Recently, China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres.

“Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry.

“We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries.”

The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government’s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country.

Earlier, Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, commended Federal government for citing the South-South IT centre in the institution.

He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre, that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication.

On his part, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved-Ease of Doing Business.

He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development.

According on him, digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere, adding that Nigeria should not be left behind.

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Port Harcourt, Dec. 18, 2019 The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation’s economy to a digital economy.

He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT).

Pantami  said the facility, known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building, would be used to develop ideas to end the nation’s dependence on crude oil.

The minister said: “This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country.

“The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas.

“Presently, the world is moving from natural-resources based economy to knowledge –based economy and so, federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket.

Pantami, who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge-based economy, said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy.

He said that many countries, including the United States, China and European, no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired.

“Recently, China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres.

“Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry.

“We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries.”

The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government’s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country.

Earlier, Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, commended Federal government for citing the South-South IT centre in the institution.

He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre, that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication.

On his part, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved-Ease of Doing Business.

He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development.

According on him, digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere, adding that Nigeria should not be left behind.

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Prof. Bappa Aliyu, the Executive Secretary,  National Commission for Colleges of Education(NCCE), has been named one of the three winners of the 2019 Campus Safety Leadership Impact Award.

Other winners are Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, and Prof. Eno Ibanga, Vice Chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University.

Mr Ike Onyechere, Founding Chairman of Exams Ethic Marshal International (EEMI), who announced this on Friday in Abuja, said that Aliyu bagged the Award in recognition of his contributions to the development and implementation of policies that enhanced relative peace and harmony in the Colleges of Education sub-sector of tertiary education in Nigeria.

According to him, the Award Committee also cited his support and contributions, as Executive Secretary of NCCE, to ongoing efforts to develop early warning toolkit for early identification of warning signs of cultism in primary and secondary schools by teachers.

“The knowledge, when eventually infused into the curriculum of Colleges of Education, will empower teachers and students.

“It will also help the school administrators to initiate early preventive and precautionary actions that will check the spread of cultism to primary and secondary schools,’’ he said.

He said that Ndowa, as VC of Uniport, is on record as the first Chief Executive Officer of a tertiary institution in Nigeria to articulate a formal public presentation of a Sexual Harassment Policy Document.

“The document, presented in October 2019, unambiguously defined what is sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who wittingly or unwittingly infringe on its provisions in the line of duty,’’ he explained.

Onyechere said that Ibanga, as VC of AKSU, demonstrated strong leadership and political will in combating sexual assault, extortion of female students and campus cultism in the school.

He added that the University recently terminated the appointments of eight lecturers, while the cases of other lecturers were still in court for sexual harassment and extortion of female students.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the ceremony was organised by the Independent Award Committee of EEMI with the recipients expected to receive the medals on Dec. 12, 2019.

The ceremony is the climax of the National Consultative Conference of Education Leaders on combating campus cultism and sex-for-grades menace scheduled to hold from 9th to 13th December, 2019.

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