Yenagoa—The Bayelsa-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma has witnessed an increase in the number of promotions among the academic staff and intake of students within the last 4 years with over 188 promotions of lecturers and an increase in student enrollment from 3,500 to 7,600, Leadership newspaper reports.
According to existing data, the Institution under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, the institution also recorded a hundred per cent accreditation status of all academic programmes presented to the National University Commission (NUC) and professional accreditation from 2017 to date.
Professor Femi Okiremute Shaka, the Former Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, who made these known at the weekend in Yenagoa while reviewing the 185 pages book titled “Heroism from The Margin: the Story of Samuel G. Edoumiekumo’ BY Professor Benedict Binebai, confirmed that the surge in promotions of lecturers at the Bayelsa varsity witnessed 57 lecturers promoted to the professional cadre, 81 others to Associate Professor cadre, 46 to the Senior Lecturers and four others to the position of Deputy Registrar.
Shaka noted that despite the human capacity and infrastructural challenges facing the institution before the appointment of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Samuel G. Edoumiekumo, the institution’s leadership attracted Tetfund and the need assessment funds for the construction and completion of some gigantic and beautiful faculty building on the new campus of the Institution.
“The outstanding leadership trait of Prof. Edoumiekumo is that approved projects for the university big or small are constantly supervised personally and seen to the end. The tradition of monitoring projects from commencement to completion in the Institution is highly commendable.
“As a good leader, he believes that every building project on the soil of the Niger Delta adds value to the visualisation and well-being of the region, ”he said.
He also pointed out that the present administration in the Niger Delta University has adopted the use of technology to counter-cult activities and ease the conduct of businesses of school fees payment, course registration, allocation of hostel accommodation and clearance. According to him, ICT has a strong foothold in the University.
The author of the Book, in his note, described the subject of the book and Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, Samuel G. Edoumiekumo as a man who sees leadership as a divine call to serve and as a platform for social change.
“I write about a man who sees and take power as transit, a man who instead of hunting fortune for himself hunts fortune for the general good of the University, ”he posited.
Earlier, the Secretary-General of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu who was the Chairman of the occasion, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Clifford Ofurum, pointed out that the book is about the man, who is the Chairman of Committee of Vice-Chancellor of the Federal and State Universities in the country.
“The book is about a man that has distinguished himself in the University system and is popular among the universities in the country, ”he said.