The Senate of the Federal University, Ndufu-
Alike Ikwo, has held its inaugural session
and approved that academic activities
should commence in the insbosomution
from the 15th of September, 2012.
The University Senate also pegged
insbosomutional fees and charges at
between sixty and sixty-two thousand
naira per session.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice
Chancellor, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe,
congratulated the Senate of the University
for successfully convening and described
the meeting as historic and epoch-making
as it marked a bold move toward eventual
take off of the insbosomution.
Professor Ibidapo-Obe, stated that as the
highest academic policy-making organ of
the University, members should join hands
with the management to nurture the new
university so as to take it to its rightful
place in the academic arena.
He promised that his administration would
encourage research and innovative skills
among the staff and students, stressing that
the staff would be encouraged to undertake
research through the provision of funds
and collaboration with donor agencies and
the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund).
He assured the staff of conducive working
environment to enable them put in their
best, promising that work would start on
the university staff quarters next year.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the
Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo would
depart from the old ways of doing things in
order to mark itself out as a distinguished
centre of excellence and scholarship, adding
that the best brains within and outside the
country had been recruited to groom the
new students.
He described the new university as a
blessing not only to Ebonyi State but Nigeria
in general as it would provide diverse
opportunities such as training and
employment opportunities for the youths
of the state and nation at large.
He however blamed the Ivory Tower for the
travails of the nation as they have failed to
provide leadership direction. He said that
“the university should be held responsible
for whatever problem the country is having
today because she has failed to to provide
the necessary leadership required to put the
country in its rightful position”.
In his contribution, the immediate past Vice
Chancellor of Ebonyi State University,
Professor Fidelis Ogah, congratulated the
management for successfully convening the
Senate which he described the event as
history making.
Professor Ogah who is in the department of
Anatomy and Physiology of the University
expressed satisfaction with the steps so far
taken by the Vice Chancellor to develop the
University and urged him to adopt the
system of Build, Operate and Transfer in the
provision of hostels for the students.
The inaugural Senate meeting was attended
by the deans of faculties, heads of
departments, all professors and senior
lecturers, including the Registrar, Mr. G. O.