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UNIPORT to participate in maiden African Universities Olympics




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).


UNIPORT clarifies status of Prof. Regina Ogali in new varsity appointment



The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) on Friday clarified that Prof. Regina Ogali, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) was not appointed acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.

A statement by Dr Williams Wodi, the Deputy Registrar (Information) clarified that Ogali was directed to hold brief for the institution’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Ndowa Lale, who proceeds on compulsory leave on June 12.

He said: “The Federal Government directed the outgoing Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale to hand over the affairs of the university to Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Regina Ogali.

“Ogali will oversee the affairs of the university pending the appointment of a substantive Vice Chancellor.

“A letter from the Federal Ministry of Education dated may 29 directed Ogali to oversee the affairs of UNIPORT while the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lale proceeds on his leave from June 12.

The university spokesman said the letter was signed on behalf of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono.

“The letter authorised Lale to hand over the affairs of the institution to the Ogali, who shall oversee the affairs of the institution until a substantive Vice Chancellor is appointed.

“The permanent secretary, on behalf of the minister wished Lale well in his future endeavours following his successful tenure in office as the 8th vice chancellor of UNIPORT,” he said.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

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FG appoints Prof. Regina Ogali as acting VC UNIPORT



The Federal Government has appointed Prof. Regina Ogali as the acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), a university official said.

Ogali takes over from Prof. Ndowa Lale after five years as the institution’s vice chancellor, according to a statement by UNIPORT’s Deputy Director (Information), Dr Williams Wodi on Thursday.

Wodi said that Ogali would oversee the affairs of the university pending the appointment of a substantive vice chancellor.

He said: “By a letter from the Federal Ministry of Education dated May 29, Prof. Regina Ogali, a Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) will oversee the affairs of UNIPORT.

“Ogali will oversee the affairs of the university while the incumbent vice chancellor, Prof. Ndowa Lale, proceeds on his leave starting June 12.

The university spokesman said that Lale was appointed vice chancellor of the university on July 2015 for a single five-year tenure

“A letter signed on behalf of Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Sonny Echono announced Ogali’s appointment.

“The minister wished Lale well in his future endeavours following his successful tenure in office as the 8th vice chancellor of UNIPORT,” Wodi said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government dissolved the Governing Council of the university on May 27.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Felix Ajide (NAN)



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Rivers awards N3.9bn convocation arena project in UNIPORT– Gov Wine’s aide



The Rivers Government has awarded contract for the construction of N3.9 billion new convocation arena at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)
to a contractor, Telios Group.

Mr Alabo George-Kelly, the Special Adviser to Gov. Nyseom Wike on Projects, made this known in a statement by Dr Williams Wodi, the university Deputy Director (Information), on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

George-Kelly, handing over the construction site to the contractor, assured the university management that the project would be completed within the stipulated time and according to specification.

“The project’s letter of award has already been issued to the company.

“We are confident that Telios Group will deliver a quality project with attention to details. We do not expect the contractor to cut corners,” he said.

Responding, the Vice-Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Ndowa Lale, thanked Wike for taking steps to fulfil his promise of building a world class convocation arena in the university campus.

He said that Wike, who is alumni of the university, had demonstrated his commitment to the institution.

“To this end, our physical planning and development unit will closely monitor the project to ensure quality job delivery,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Emmanuel Adaria, representative of Telios Group, said the project would be completed to the contracts’ specification.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the convocation arena, when completed, would accommodate 15,000 students during ceremony.

The arena would also accommodate a minimum of six thousand students when partitioned into six lecture theatres.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19: UNIPORT begins mass production of face mask, hand sanitizers



The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) says it has commenced mass production of face masks and hand sanitizers for use by students of the university.

Dr Williams Wodi, the institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Publication and Public Relations, said in a statement on Saturday in Port Harcour.

According to Wodi, the medical kits were produced by the university’s Department of Fine Arts and Design in the Faculty of Humanities, to assist in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“The department produce customised face mask for staff and students of the institution to stem the rising cases of coronavirus pandemic in the society.

“The face masks, made with high quality fabric, are designated with the logo of UNIPORT, to distinguish them from others in the market.

Similarly, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has also produced customised hand sanitizers for the university community,” he said.

Wodi assured that UNIPORT had taken proactive step to assist government curb spread of the virus in the communities.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey (NAN)


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FG dissolves governing councils of UNIPORT, Maritime University



The Federal Government on Thursday dissolved the Governing Councils of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Bayelsa State.

A statement by Mr Ben Goong, a director in the Office of the Honourable Minister of Education, made this known in Abuja.

Goong quoted the Minister, Adamu Adamu as saying the dissolution of the Governing Councils was with immediate effect.

Adamu thanked members of the Governing Councils for their service to the institutions and wished them success in their future endeavours.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the University of Port Harcourt governing council was inaugurated by the minister of education on Jan. 18, 2017 while that of Maritime University, Okerenkoko was inaugurated on March 22, 2018.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Felix Ajide (NAN)


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Buhari mourns UNIPORT students, orders more intense police action



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  



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



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.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Tajudeen Atitebi

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UNIPORT gets 37 new professors



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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