Counsellors in the educational sector have been tasked to be above board by counselling their clients against all social vices that negate the progress of their institutions and the society at large.

The Vice Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professsor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare gave the challenge when declaring open the third annual Conference of the Department of Counselling Psychology with the theme, ” Counselling and School Effectiveness: Challenges in Nigeria”, held at the Main Campus.

The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu urged students to pay attention to the papers presented, especially the lead paper so as to derive the maximum benefit from them.

In a lead paper presentation, Professor Naram Longdap of the Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Foundation, University of Jos called on counsellor to always work as a team in order to spur stakeholders to provide the needed support for students to achieve in schools.

He observed that teachers’ motivation ensures stability in the system so as to attain the much needed educational goals, the reverse of which could lead to  withdrawal of service and go for a greener pasture, leaving quacks in the system.

Professor Longbap maintained that an effective school was not only one that ensures achievement of students, but one that ensures equal access to education of students irrespective of socio-economic backgrounds.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Head of Department of Counselling Psychology, Professor Frank Carew urged participants to tap from the fountain of knowledge so that they could enhance and further widen their horizons.

He observed that the Conference was a manifestation of the cause of the challenges of school effectiveness.

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It was flood of encomiums by the University Management, Faculty, family members, friends and Students as the Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University, Lapai organised an International Conference on “Language, Literature, and Communication for Sustainable Peace in Africa”, in honour of Late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya.

Speaking while declaring the Conference open at the Auditorium of the Main Campus, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mohammed Saba Mohammed, extolled the virtues of late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya, describing him as an invaluable resource to IBB University.

He said Professor Tswanya who was until his death, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) in the University was an outstanding scholar and dependable administrative leader that was always ready to accept and discharge the responsibilities of his office most diligently and credibly.

Professor Maiturare commended the Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies for organising an International Conference in honour of Professor Tswanya with a theme on topical issues of peace and security that are posing serious challenges to the development of African continent.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that internal security in many Africa countries has been significantly undercut by violent activities of some disgruntled individuals and groups or sects bearing arms against nation-states.

Professor Maiturare stated that it was unfortunate that the military approaches towards solving the problems have not been very successful.

He, therefore, called on relevant stakeholders in Africa continent, particularly in Nigeria to rise up in order to frontally confront these monsters that are capable of crippling the black continent and Nigeria to back and dark ages.

The Vice-chancellor was optimistic that the Conference would serve as a suitable forum for intellectuals to discuss issues relating to language, literature, human rights, gender, religion and mass media in relation to sustainable peace in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

Presenting the Keynote address at the Conference, Professor Solomon Gbenga Ibileye of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State underscored the pivotal role language plays in the attainment of sustainable development goals.

He opined that Language and Communication were not merely about providing accurate and meaningful information relating to sustainability and raising awareness but also for establishing societal transformation, national and international reorientation on the basis of the normative goals of sustainable development; especially in the face of terrorism and other peace-threatening incidences across Africa.

Professor Ibileye who spoke through Dr James Udaa recognised English Language as an indispensable tool for national and international unity, integration and global communication.

The Keynote speaker pointed out that English Language and Literature apart of Arabic and French remained the language that tells that story of Africa continent in its glamour and irresistible status.

He posited that for peace to thrive in Africa, all other African languages would have to admire English in unison as the language which unites the divisions across the Continent.

Earlier, the Dean, Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University who was also the Conference Convener, Professor Apegba KER described late Professor Tswanya as amiable and hardworking scholar who gave all he had for the development of the Faculty and IBB University.

He appreciated the donation of Professor Tswanya’s books to the Faculty and University at large by his family, assuring to make efficient use of the books for the promotion of scholarly works in the Faculty.

He disclosed that the Conference was organised to appreciate the enormous contributions of Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya towards the establishment of Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies in the University and for laying a quality academic tradition in the Faculty.

Professor KER said Nigeria and Africa in particular is being challenged by serious security issues, which require lasting solutions that could be provided by scholars.

He enjoined the participants at the conference to make their intellectual contributions towards finding solutions to sustainable peace in Africa and Nigeria as a nation

In her vote of thanks, Head of Department, English Language, Dr. (Mrs.) Margaret Agu expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement received by the University Management which greatly assisted in the success of hosting the conference.

She also appreciated the presence of late Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya’s family at the conference and thanked all guests that added colour to the conference.

Highlights of the opening ceremony of the conference were public presentation of a book titled: “New Explorations in Applied Linguistics and Literature – A Festschrift for Professor Samuel Kolo Tswanya”, edited by Dr. Ebenezer Oluseun Ogungbe and Dr. Margaret Nonyerem Agu and reviewed by Professor Sule Emmanuel Egya all of Faculty of Languages and Communication Studies, IBB University, Lapai. A short drama was also performed by the National Association of Students of English and Literary Studies ( NASELS), IBB University Chapter.

Professor Umaru Pate of Bayero University, Kano delivered the lead paper presentation and was accordingly followed by presentations during the parallel sessions.

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The Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State and the Local Organizing Committee of the Faculty of Natural Sciences Annual Conference (FONSAC) wishes to CALL FOR PAPER from research scientists in Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Applied Sciences, Agricultural Science, Environmental Sciences and Physical Sciences for the 1st Annual Scientific Conference (FONSAC 2019) with the Theme: Commercialization of Research Outputs for National Development. Visit site to read more

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The vice chancellor professor Muhammad  Nasiru Maiturare led the team of 5members to sign MoU with El Mansoura university in Egypt. The IBB team also included the Director of Academic planning,  Dr Mohammed Aliyu Paiko: Director Consultancy,  Alhaji Sulaiman Liman: HOD Arabic, Dr Musa Dutsu and IBB consultant on Linkages,  Abdulkadir yusuf.

The team also visited University of Zagazig and the Nigerian high commission in Cairo and got the high commission to be fully involved in the MoU signing  process .
Programmes signed with El Mansoura university included:
1. Medical programs,  masters and PhD
2. Courses in faculty of commerce,  including business administration, economics,  Accounting
3. Natural and applied sciences
4. Arabic language proficiency
5. ICT e-Resources
And any other programs that may me agreed upon
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The Vice Chancellor, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare has inaugurated the Academic Committee for the University’s Medical College.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony which took place at the Main Campus in Lapai, Professor Maiturare said the committee is expected to pilot the soft and foundation level of the college by developing Academic curriculum for its the take off.
He disclosed that by the Academic Brief of the University, the pre-medical programmes should have commenced since by 2016/2017 academic session, while the full program is 2018/2019 session, but that the establishment of a Medical College has been a difficult task which must require the input of various stakeholders in the field of Medicine, especially from other universities in the country.
The Vice Chancellor stressed that work has since commenced on the site of the college and that the site for the Teaching Hospital has also been acquired.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Abu Kaseem Adamu expressed the hope that a lot of positive developments would come out from the report of committee when submitted, and thanked the University Management for the confidence reposed on members of the Committee.
Professor Adamu who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor ( Administration), enjoined members of the Committee to work as a team for the establishment of an enduring legacy for the institution.
Also speaking, the Head of Medical experts from other higher institutions of learning in the country, Professor Abubakar Alhaji Aliyu, assured of the full commitment of members to the assignment.
In their separate contributions, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mohammed S. Mohammed and the Registrar, Alhaji Musa Ango Abdullahi expressed the hope that the Medical College would come on board with a fine academic curriculum considering the calibre of men on the Committee.
The Vice Chancellor later led members of the Committee on an inspection of the project site of the College where they expressed satisfaction with the level of work so far.
The Committee has Professor A.K Adamu as Chairman. Members are: Professor Abubakar A. Aliyu, Ahmadu Bello UUniversity Teaching Hospital; Dr Sadiq Mohammed, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital; Dr Samuel Hemba, Benue State University University Teaching Hospital; Dr Mohammed Aliyu Makusidi, representative of Uthman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto,and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Niger State; and Professor M. S Mohammed, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic.
Others are Professor M.T Mustapha, Director, Quality Assuarance; Dr Mohammed Aliyu Paiko,Director, Academic Planning; Dr Hassan Jimada Director Medical and Health Services, IBBUL, while Musa M.Mahmood, Academic Secretary would serve as Secretary respectively. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health was replaced by Dr. Mayaki Aminu, Chief Medical Director, Jummai Babangida Aliyu Antenatal Hospital, Minna.
It would be recalled that part of the efforts of the University Management in the establishment of the Medical College was the signing of a Memoradum of Understanding with the African Healthcare Development Trust in the United Kingdom, led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare three years ago; and the signing of contract for the construction of the College early this year.

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A don and Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro has stipulated some basic conditions to be met by any university striving to become a world-class citadel of learning.
He stated this while delivering his paper as the 2nd Combined Convocation Lecturer of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University on: “State University Funding in a Depressed Economy – Implications for Global Competitiveness” at the Institution’s Auditorium.
Professor Bamiro explained that except a university has rich quality staff, demonstrates excellence in research outputs and also have high levels of government and non-government sources of funding, it would be a mirage for such university to be ranked a world-class.
Other factors, the former Vice-Chancellor identified were high levels of government and non-government sources of funding, international and highly talented students, academic freedom, well defined autonomous governance structures and well equipped facilities for teaching, research, administration and student life.
He also added that universities aiming at becoming a world-class must ensure that their activities and result of research findings gain international reputation and must also contribute to their societies.
Professor Bamiro lauded the founding fathers of IBB University for laying a solid foundation and successive administrations in the University for conscientiously pursuing the realisation of Vision and Mission of the Institution; urging them to always works towards excellence.
The Visitor and Executive Governor of Niger State, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Sani Bello speaking at the occasion reiterated his administration’s commitment to give the necessary support to the University so as to enable her competes favourably with its peers world-wide.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso disclosed that everything was being done to ensure that development of education tops his administration’s priority list and called for a collaborative support from the relevant stakeholders in the sector towards providing quality education for the citizenry.

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has commissioned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai to lead the development of sectoral component of the blueprint for Nigeria’s prosperity in 2050 with a view to providing solutions to its challenges.

 The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Nasir Maiturare made this known while giving his remarks at a One-day Research Retreat on Nigeria’s Prosperity in 2050 Blueprint, Africa Centres of Excellence and NNPC Renewable Energy Collaboration Proposals Development organised by the University’s Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research (CASTER),held at the main campus.

 He said that the choice of IBB University by NUC to lead the project was in recognition of its national and global reputation in research and scholarly achievements in various sectoral areas.

 Professor Maiturare commended various research teams that were selected by the University to undertake the assignment for their efforts and commitment to the task; urging them to bring their scholarly talents to bear so that the privilege given to the University on the NUC legacy project and other projects on Renewable Energy Collaboration with NNPC and Africa Centres of Excellence on Shea Value-chain and Environmental Sustainability Research as well as Energy-Mix Research and Development would be justified.

 The Vice Chancellor also appreciated the NUC for having confidence in the University to participate in the national project of a blueprint for developing Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in Nigeria of 2050 and assured of quality position paper that would provide positive solutions to the expected population expansion

 Earlier in his address, the University’s Director, Centre for Applied Sciences and Technology Research , Professor Nuhu Obaje, stated that the retreat was organised to collate interim reports of research teams that had been tasked on the NUC project and to develop action plan on other research projects.

 He assured that IBB University has the requisite intellectual capacity to develop a blueprint that could effectively manage the expected nation’s population by 2050 and the likely threats and opportunities that could accompany it.

 Professor Obaje who has been coordinating various high-impact research projects in the University reaffirmed the determination of research teams to ensure innovations and timely results from the study efforts being undertaken for the socio-economic development of the nation.

 Highlights of the retreat were presentation of interim reports by various research teams on NUC Blueprint project and development of action-plans on Africa Centres of Excellence research opportunities as well as NNPC renewable energy collaboration proposal.

 The Blueprint development teams were on Renewable Energy led by Dr. Dickson Musa Achinmugu of Biochemistry Department, Mining and Industrialisation led by Dr. Stephen Agwuncha of Chemistry Department; and Water Resources led by Dr. Samuel Ibrahim of Geography Department.

Others are Agriculture-Biotechnology and Food Security led by Dr. Alimi Folorunso Lawal of Faculty of Agriculture; and Education and ICT was led by Professor (Mrs) Rosemary Igbo while Professor Nuhu Obaje led the team on Conventional Energy.


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