From MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI, Keffi
As part of its efforts to make the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) a world class center of academic learning, plans have been concluded for the take off of a compulsory presentation of mini inaugural lecture by sabbatical lecturers in the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed who made this disclosure while speaking at the University’s 25th Inaugural Lecture held at the Assembly Hall of the institution in Keffi, stated that the proposed mini inaugural lectures by officers on sabbatical would promote research works and teachings in NSUK.
Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi stated that the university was going to introduce Empirical Inaugural Lectures by all sabbatical lecturers, adding that it is going to be like a replica of inaugural lecture in order to promote research works and teachings in the university.
On the issue of the take-off of the proposed College of Medicine next year,the Vice Chancellor disclosed that he has held a meeting with medical experts who are going to put measures for the take off of the college as well as that of Engineering and therefore solicited for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders so as to take the university to the next level.He further stated that the 25th inaugural lecture of the university should be commended, because most universities that were established before NSUK are left behind as regards inaugural lecture presentations.
“Last week I was in Benue State University. The university was established before ours, but I was surprised that they were presenting their twelve inaugural lectures and we are presenting our twenty five in the series. So we need to thank God for that. We will continue to promote it and to also encourage professors who are yet to present theirs”, the Vice Chancellor stated
He stated that the 25th inaugural lecture titled ‘ The PS-SQUARED Model as an Integrative Approach to Learning” presented by Prof. Lubasa N’tiNseendi, Professor of Language Education was the last for this year and therefore congratulated him for the bold steps he took to present the inaugural lecture as the first foreigner from NSUK in that aspect.
While delivering the inaugural lecture, Prof.Lubasa N’tiNseendi said the genesis of the approach to his choice of topic was failure adding that, while he was growing up he failed at five different stages before he succeeded.
“I got disappointed to the core with myself and determined deep within me not to give up. The insults and rebukes of my father supported by my loving mother caused me to stubbornly prove to the whole world that I was not dull. Like David in the Bible (1Samuel 30:6) “the Democratic Republic of Congo Professor said.