Highlights

  • We Want to Start Our Classrooms with ACs
  • NDU is one of the best Universities we have in Nigeria and Africa
  • We have placed Niger Delta University on the global Mark
  • NDU now African University of the Year.
  • NDU started its piooneer academic programme in April 2002
  • NDU started with just about 1000 students
  • Admission capacity grew from 3,500 to 7,500
  • NDU now have 71 degree awarding programmes with 14 Faculties
  • The certificate of the Niger Delta University is one of the best and the most respected
  • NDU rated the 5th best state owned University in Nigeria
  • Dr. Nimibofa Ayaowei, NDU’s first Ph.D graduate single-handedly built Laboratory for the University

NDU Alumni National Convention – 2021

The Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University have stated that the University “wants to start classrooms with ACs”. The VC stated this while addressing the NDU Alumni in the Dinner Night of the Alumni National Convention themed: NDU@20: Impacts, Challenge and Prospects.

The VC noted that the University is “starting with the Faculty of Agriculture. All the classrooms will have ACs, the seats comfortable, the lecturers will sit well and will teach, lecture and discuss with the students just as what we have seen in some parts of the world”.

By Sheer Dint of Observation

The VC who thanked the Alumni for making the University proud expressed gratitude for the NDU Alumni convention and the activities that followed.

Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, Hon. Gentle Imelah and Inebiri Daniel

Mr. Victor Binewari, NDU Radio

The VC who argued that being the African Educationist of the year invariably makes NDU the African University of the asserted “that the Niger Delta University is one of the best University we have in Nigeria and Africa and the African University of the Year”.

“For the fact that recent, we were given the African Educationist of the Year Award, we have placed Niger Delta University on the global Mark. Anywhere we go now, we go to UK, Niger Delta University certificate is respected everywhere and you have not disapointed the University”.

“Just recently we celebrated one, who went to UK for his Postgraduate Degree and came out the best. So, for us in Niger Delta University, I know we are doing the best for human capital development” the VC said.

NDU Registrar, Mr. Benjamin Joffa

“We are transforming the University. Many of you now, the Alumni, if you have the time, please visit the Niger Delta University and you will tell that the Niger Delta University have changed”.

In an attempt to describe how the Niger Delta University have changed over time, the VC asserted that “in terms of infrastructures, in terms of policies, because some of us would believe that the solution is in a box; we have decided to destroy that box… And so we handle situations the way it ought to be because we have moved from analogue now to digital environment and so, we will not be doing things the way it was”.

Mr. & Mrs. Opuowei Daniel, Immediate past National President, NDU Alumni

Going back to history, the university don said that “precisely, the University started its academic programme in April 2002 for the 2001/2002 academic session and we started with just about 1000 students. Until I took over, our placement (quota for placement from the National Universities Commission) for the university was just 3,500. But now, our placement quota is 7,50”.

Singing NDU National Anthem

“We want to start our classrooms with ACs. And that is what we have started. We are starting with the Faculty of Agriculture. All the classrooms will have ACs, the seats comfortable, the lecturers will sit well and will teach, lecture and discuss with the students just as what we have seen in some parts of the world”.

“We have 71 degree awarding programmes, so we are bigger than many federal Universities – even our own sister Federal univeristy from the Rivers State. In some places, they have just five Faculties, but we have 14 Faculties.”

Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo

“If we have a Department of Computer Science, all our computer students should be able to provide all our computer needs. Otherwise, we close it down. That is my philosophy. Why should I go out there to look for what I am looking for? So, today, all our payment platforms are online, llinkages are blocked, corruption are minimized, because we have put in place policies”.

“There is nothing like victimization anymore. In fact, there is nothing like artificial grade where someone never merited a grade, but because of one thing or the other, you are giving that grade, no. No single lecturer in the university will ever grade students’ script. What we have adopted in the University is conference marking where all the lecturers in the Department will sit down and mark the script. So the issue of sort, the issue of this lecturer wanted me is no longer there. The issue of because I did not buy this lecturer book, I was victimized is not there anymore”.

Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo

The VC also expressed satisfaction that the Alumni made this event possible during his time in office. “I am very happy as a Vice Chancellor, that it is only in my time that the Alumni is organizing a programme like this. So, I want to thank the president of the association”.

“The certificate of the Niger Delta University is one of the best and the most respected. From the webnomics of State owned schools in Nigeria of 2019 which was released in 2020, Niger Delta University was rated the 5th best in the country”. With the African Educationist of the Year awarded to us, that is to say that NDU is the African University of the Year.

“71 NDU programmes are fully accredited. We have never had any accreditation denial. Niger Delta University will soon go into another accreditation because it is for every 5 years”. The VC therefore plead with the governor, Douye Diri, represented by Gentle Imelah, Commissioner for Education.

Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Edoumiekumo flanked by Hon. Gentle Imelah, representing Gov. Douye Diri

“Professor Chris Ikporukpo was looking for just 490 million for accreditation, Goodluck single-handedly raised it to 900million. And it was from there the first vehicles for Niger Delta University were bought where Deans now have vehicles and the administrative blocks for the Faculty of Engineering was built”.

“The Vice Chancellor has no accommodation in the Niger Delta University. He has to look for places to stay. Principal officers of the University have no accommodation”.

Lamenting on the need for the Alumni members to contribute to the Niger Delta University, the VC stated that “King Ebitimo Banigo, being a graduate of the Harvard University still contribute to the University till date on yearly basis. He appealed that an alumnus can take up certain furniture replacement, buildings, electrical appliances on yearly basis as his/her contributions to the University”.

Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo

“Dr. Nimibofa Ayaowei is the first Ph.D student of the Niger Delta University. When he was about doing his Ph.D analysis, there was no lab in the whole of Nigeria where he could do that. He has to travel to University IN South Africa with his supervisor. When he came back, he vowed that, that will not happen again in the Niger Delta University. He vowed that he will build a lab and equip it so that students will not have to travel to South Africa for analysis. And I respect him for that”.

Chief Lulu-Briggs has given us a building as hostel. So, I am using this opportunity to appeal to all to give us something. I could name it after you. That is the policy. I could name it after you.

The Vc who looked energetic as usuall expressed joy even as he said he could have talked overnight but for time.

Mr. Fawei Blessing, NDU Alumni National Secretary

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