- School fees portal: As soon as we finish this exam we want to write, we will close it up. We shall lock the portal and we will not listen to anybody – VC
- You are now resuming to an African university of the year – VC
- We do not expect any student to drop any piece of paper anywhere – VC
- Shun cultism and shun anything that will disrupt the academic calendar – VC
- Avoid page 51 and 126 of the students’ handbook – Dean of Students
- ASUU-NDU is resuming – ASUU-NDU Chair
- A lot of projects are ongoing – Director of works
- Mass Communication have the best environment to practice – VC
- Wilberforce TV in the pipeline – VC
- PG studies is an individual race and we cannot wait for anyone – VC
- If you do not have a certificate from the Niger Delta University, you have not started. – VC
- NDU school fees started with N10,000 – VC
- School fees gradually grew to N29,000 under Ikporukpo abd 35,000 under Ogoni – VC
- The current school fees can’t even do anything for us in this university – VC
- We have not reversed the MPC Law – VC
- You want to be an Engineer and cannot pass mathematics, others.. – VC
- Ms. Eradiri wouldn’t have gotten a first class in Law school if NDU wasn’t a high standard school – VC
- Postgraduate students will never go on break whether there is Covid-19 or not – VC
- Having an NDU Postgraduate certificate is like having a passport to heaven – VC
- Before you become a student, you have to pay your fees – VC
- It is my dream that students in the Niger Delta University live in better hostels, not this kind of poultry hostels – VC
- Every hostel must be self-contain – VC
The Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University have stated that having the NDU certificate is like having a passport to Heaven. The VC who was accompanied by Director of Works, Dean of Students Affairs and the Director of Health stated this during his third radio talkshow when addressing the nature of academic quality in the Niger Delta University.
On issues of resumption, the VC noted that the relevant bodies have taken photographs of the university and the readiness of the school to reopen was ascertained.
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The VC who used the opportunity to welcome both staff and students noted that they are now resuming to an African university of the year and expected all to comply with the rules and regulations of the school. The VC thanked the staff, especially the non-academic staff who were committed to the course of the University despite the situation on ground.
The VC advised that the university have produced small bottles of sanitizers for their sake. So do not sit close to someone without a mask and expect all to follow the covid-19 regulations. The VC thanked the staff for their dedication and resilience during the heat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the clean environment in the University, the VC stated that “we do not expect any student to drop any piece of paper anywhere. We have provided refuse bins everywhere, so get to the next refuse bin before dropping anything”
“Shun cultism and shun anything that will disrupt the academic calendar. We will not allow anyone to violate our rules, if you violate them, we apply necessary action. The Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Diepreye Okodoko buttressed the VC’s statement by reminding students not to fall victim of Avoid page 51 and 126 of the students’ handbook. Once you are driven from the University, there is no coming back.
While speaking on hostels, the Dean of Students Affairs noted that we have 20,000 students, 2,500 in the hostel while more than 80% are in off campus.
On the part of ASUU stand, the ASUU chairman noted that “for now ASUU is abiding by the FG decision. ASUU-NDU is resuming, still planning with the state government and hoping issues will be resolved. For now, we a resuming in line with the announcement of the management of the University, the University is resuming immediately”.
The Director of Works who was also present stated that “a lot of projects are ongoing including brand new projects like the Faculty of Arts, additional buildings and classrooms in the Faculty of Agriculture, landscaping in many of the Faculties. TET-Fund, Needs Assessment and internally generated revenue are major sources of the funding for these projects”.
The VC, while responding to a caller noted that “funding is a major constrain from employing more hands because that is the function of the government”. When the government gives the school the opportunity to employ more hands, “that will be done”.
The VC stated that “the Mass Communication have the best environment to practice. They have the NDU Radio that is well equipped even more than many commercial radio stations. We are also working on the Wilberforce TV, we have gone to the Corporate Affairs Commission and when that is done, the Mass Communication students will also have that to practice”.
Responding to a postgraduate student who sent in message that he has completed his thesis, waiting to go on for Faculty defence but was told to wait for his colleagues, the VC stated “that he has made it clear that PG studies is an individual race and we cannot wait for anyone. He specifically stated that the laziness of one man should not stop the progress of another person. We have to call the Dean to order immediately to ensure those who are ready are allowed to defend.
On school fees reduction, the VC noted that as a pioneer staff of the University, it is good to state things the way they are. We started with N10,000 school fees and the value of 10,000 then is more than the value you are paying now and the school was not as big as this.
Then under Ikporukpo, it gradually went to N29,000 and then Ikporukpo left. Then it became 35,000 and under Ogoni, it became 70,000. Then, under Ogoni, it was reviewed by the Council that school fees should not be equal but programme based. Then in 2016, this current school fees we are paying was done. Those in Medical areas don’t pay like those in Arts area without much laboratory work.
So, from 2016 till date, school fees has not been reviewed again and you can see that the current school fees can’t even do anything for us in this university. Let’s be realistic, that is the truth about it.
On whether the MPC Law has been reversed, the VC noted that we have not reversed it. You want to be an engineer and you cannot pass mathematics, you cannot pass physics, you are not passing chemistry. Niger Delta University is a very Standard University and we don’t play with quality. So, if you know you cannot fit into Engineering look for other courses to read.
Responding to a caller who requested for assistance in lowering the cutoff grade for Ph. D application, the VC asserted that NUC have minimum standard and the University maintains a very high standard. For example, if we have not maintained such high standard, Ms. Eradiri wouldn’t have gone to the Law school to make first class. Some persons went there with first but did not made first class there. So our first class in this university is first class any day, anywhere.
Our students have gone overseas and have made us proud, very proud and we don’t want to bring down the standard. But you can do a PGD programme and remedy it.
Before we went on this Covid-19, people pleaded for one month and they reported me to government. The students’ handbook is very clear. Before you become a student, you have to pay your fees and do your registration 2 weeks into resumption or you pay 2,000/4,000 late registration for returning and fresh students respectively.
A day after one month into the semester and you have not paid your fees and register, you apply to the authorities via Department to the Faculty for deferment. By doing so, you tell the University that you cannot meet up with the session, so you suspend your studies and resume next session.
So as soon as we finish this exam we want to write, we will close it up. We shall lock the portal and we will not listen to anybody. We even said if you have not paid fees, please register and yet, many students refused to register.
So if we have only 5,000 out of 20,000 registering, we lock it up. We know that year, we have only 5,000 students who registered and produce results for them.
By the time we end the first exam, we will close the portal. Because this portal was supposed to be closed by November, 2019. So the whole of 2020 and we have come to 2021, by the end of February you have not completed your registration, we close the portal.
The VC responded to a caller who expressed concern over medical staff strength this period when he stated that all Nursing Postgraduate students, youth corpers doctors, etc. are expected to do community service at the sickbay especially this period of Covid-19.
Postgraduate students will never go on break whether there is Covid-19 or not. Having an NDU Postgraduate certificate is like having a passport to heaven. So please come and register, the forms are still on. If you do not have a certificate from the Niger Delta University, you have not started. Please, come and start your programme here. Our certificate is highly valued, the way the university is rated, our certificate is also highly rated.
Speaking on graduate clearance, the VC stated that where someone who ought to clear you failed to clear you in two days, the alert will go to the dean of students affairs and the Dean remind the person that he has not cleared someone. And if there is any problem why the graduate cannot be cleared, the staff indicates it in the system. So the university is doing things that even the big universities are not doing.
It is my dream that students in the Niger Delta University live in better hostels, not this kind of poultry hostels. The kind of hostel that will be built either by us or from other sources, every hostel must be self-contain. You have your toilet, you have your kitchen and postgraduate students will come with their families and stay and when they are through, they go. Not those poultry kind of poultry farm you built and pack students in it and you call it hostels.