BY DAVID DARI
In their strategists in making Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) to be a world class center of academic learning and worthy of emulation by their contemporaries, the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Suleiman Bala Mohammed has said that they have concluded arrangements for the take-off of a compulsory presentations of mini inaugural lecture by their sabbatical lecturers.
The vice chancellor who made this known while delivering his opening remarks during the university’s 25th inaugural lecture held in keffi, Nasarawa State, recently through the institute’s deputy vice chancellor, academic, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, said the proposed mini inaugural lectures by officers on sabbatical will promote research works and teachings in NSUK.
In his words: “In the scheme of affairs in this university, we are going to introduce what is called ‘empirical inaugural lectures’ by all sabbatical lecturers. It is going to be like a replica of inaugural lecture in order to promote research works and teachings in this university. The encouragement that the vice chancellor has been receiving since he came on board is overwhelming.
“The vice chancellor had a meeting with medical experts who are going to put measures for the take-off of our college of medicine. By next year, faculties of Medicine and Engineering will commence in this university. So we need everybody’s support to make sure that the vice chancellor takes 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 12th inaugural lectures and we are presenting our 25th 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”. Professor Akinwumi said.
According to him, the 25th inaugural lecture titled ‘The PS-SQUARED Model as an Integrative Approach to Learning’, presented by Professor Lubasa N’ti Nseendi, a professor of Language Education was the last for this year.
He congratulated Professor Nseedi for the bold steps he took in presenting the inaugural lecture as the first foreigner from NSUK in the said aspect.
While delivering the inaugural lecture, Professor Lubasa N’ti Nseendi said the genesis of the approach to his topic of choice was because 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 just like the biblical David in 1 Samuel 30:6” the Democratic Republic of Congo professor said.