VC Solicits Support of Kogi In Diaspora for Attraction of International Scholars To KSU
The Vice Chancellor of Kogi State University (Now Prince Abubakar Audu University) Anyigba, Professor Marietu Ohunene Tenuche, has called for the support of Kogi indigenes in the diaspora in the area of attracting international academics for collaboration in a way that could enhance the visibility and ranking of the University.
The Vice Chancellor who made the appeal at the 21st Igala Education Summit hosted by the University said the call was in view of the importance of foreign academics and students in the ranking of universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
She stressed that Kogi State University was one of only the twenty-five out of all the 170 Federal, State and Private Universities in Nigeria that have full Accreditation Status, but that the issue of foreign academics and students negatively affect its overall ranking by the NUC.
Professor Tenuche paid tribute to the founder of the University and the first elected executive Governor of the State, Prince Abubakar Audu, who she said had such vision as he made attempts to engage foreign scholars and promote exchange programmes in the early 2000s.
She also expressed appreciation to some Kogi indigenes who she said have contributed greatly in recent time towards improving the standard of the institution. Among them, she said, is Dr. Kashim Akor, the Director General of the National Productivity Centre who donated 20 laptops, Alhaji Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, who provided 100 solar streetlights and 10 mowers, and Senator Jibrin Isah (Echocho), who equipped the KSU Ventures with a Van and Ovens and power generating set.
The assistance rendered by these personalities, she stressed, are indicators of how individual contributions can assist in advancing the cause of the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor informed participants that a lot had been done in recent times to improve the condition of the University, including the rehabilitation of the existing road networks, equipping of the Library with books and e-facilities, full accreditation of programmes, resource verification of new programmes, provision of internet facilities, improvement in sporting facilities, among others.
She expressed the determination of the University under her leadership to continue to strive towards improving its visibility and fulfil the vision of the founding fathers.
Professor Tenuche paid glowing tributes to the convener of the Summit, the late Professor Francis S. Idachaba, for leaving behind such an indelible legacy and promised the continued support of the University towards ensuring the fulfilment of the goals of the Igala Education Foundation.
She announced the University donation of the sum of 500,000 naira to support the activities of the Foundation, the same amount donated by the institution at the 20th edition of the Summits.
In her response, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Igala Education Foundation Ms Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for the generous support and encouragement over the years, and urged management of the university to continue in that direction.
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied to the summit by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Associate Professor Daniel F. Atidoga, and the Registrar, Alhaji Nuhu Ahmodu Ahmed.