Members of Young Diplomats Club from the Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, Benson Idahosa University, recently paid a courtesy visit to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja.
Speaking on behalf of the young diplomats, the co-founder of the club, Mr. Idahosa Ojo, expressed excitement at the opportunity.
According to him, the students wanted to understand how diplomacy worked in the real world that was why they had made the trip from Benin-city to Abuja.
In response to that question, the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian noted that diplomacy is about bridging the gap between two contrasting social and political cultures.
“I have two books on my desk and they will be there till I depart this country. “One is the report from the Communist Party of China’s National Congress and the second one is Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
“All the basic policies and philosophies of China’s domestic and foreign policies are included in the former. So every day, I read through the book to remind me of China’s policy and think about how to communicate its message. If you get the main idea of that report, you will be hundred per cent a China expert.
“The key to understanding China is to understand the ruling party. But as a diplomat, the shortcut is to read the party’s political report, because without the leadership of the political party, we cannot achieve what we have achieved. The strength of China is as a result of this leadership. It is the leading force in every field.
“And the reason I am interested in the ERGP is because, as a diplomat, you are a bridge. So I must know what Nigeria is striving for. And, as I see it, the ERGP encapsulates what the country wants to build.
“From ERGP, one can deduce that what Nigeria wants is revenue diversity, industrialization, you want to produce what Nigeria uses and produce for Africa and the world, you want to grow what you eat, and start exporting. That’s very reasonable,” he stated.
According to him, “If we want to grow with Africa, how can we not involve Nigeria? In your economic journey, you will need international partners and we can assure you that China is one of your most reliable partners in achieving your dreams.”
In 2017, trade volume between the two countries reached $8.94billion, but Pingjian said China is also very much interested in tangible investments.
“Trade is important, but investing in industrialisation is more important – that’s how you create jobs,” he stated.
Estimating how much China has invested in Nigeria, in terms of infrastructure, is subjective, but has been significant enough to spark some positive ripples in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari said in January: “Since independence, no country has helped our country in infrastructure development like the Chinese.
“In some projects, the Chinese has committed to funding the projects by as much as with 85 per cent through soft loans that span 20 years. No country has done that for us.”
On why China appears to be interested in Nigeria, Pingjian noted that both countries share a lot of similarities.
“China is the most populous country in the world and the second biggest economy, while Nigeria is the most populous in Africa and has the largest economy on the continent. So when we work more closely that will benefit not only our two countries,” he said.
The ambassador then went down memory lane, discussing how China rose from one of the world’s poorest country, to becoming the world’s second largest economy, pointing out the merits of opening China’s market and moving away from textbook socialism.
“Our experiences in Nigeria show that it is better naturally endowed than China. So if we can make progress in China, for Nigeria it should be much easier,” he said.
About 95 per cent of the Benson Idahosa University students who met with the Chinese Ambassador are from the Department of International Studies and Diplomacy while the rest are in Law, Political Science and Sociology.
Benson Idahosa University on Friday matriculated a total of 600 students into her undergraduate programme for the 2017/2018 academic session.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, who disclosed this at matriculation ceremony of the University, charged the new intakes to be disciplined and dedicated to their studies. The event was attended by principal officers of the institution.
While congratulating the freshers for being among the few lucky students who have been offered admission, he stated that the privilege given to them came with responsibilities which required them to take their studies serious.
“Dear Matriculating Student, I congratulate you for making the right decision by choosing Benson Idahosa University. I know you had other choices, there are a lot of Universities in Nigeria but for so many reasons you decided to come to Benson Idahosa University. But, I want to remind you that this admission comes with responsibilities,” he said.
Benson Idahosa University is guided by its Mission, Vision and Core Purpose.
“The Vision of Benson Idahosa University is raising Academics, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, who will be effective disciples for Christ by excelling in their professional fields and our Mission is raising leaders for the nation, who are complete in spirit, mind and body, thus contributing to the production of high-level leadership and quality manpower for the nation and the world.”
He warned the students shun cultism and drugs as the University has a zero tolerance to illicit drug consumption, sexual immorality and cultism adding that the Founder of the University, Archbishop Benson Idahosa placed a standing curse on whomsoever that would indulge in these practices. He advised them to be law-abiding and to refrain from joining unlawful groups, saying the Management would not hesitate to deal with offenders.
Prof Izevbigie said: “I want to make it clear that Benson Idahosa University has a zero tolerance policy for cultism, in other word there is no room for cultism. Contravention of this policy would attract severe sanction as stipulated in the Student Handbook. As matter of fact the founder of this great University placed a curse on any Staff or Student that would bring cultism into Benson Idahosa University.”
According to him, the students are trained to become agents of change to and develop their leadership and communication skills to succeed long after they graduate. He reminded them that the school’s degree certificate is awarded only to those who have been found worthy both in learning and in character.
The high point of the event was the symbolic signing by representative of each Faculty and the administering of oath by the Registrar, Rev. Mike Okagbare.
The Registrar, Rev. Mike Okagbare, told the students that the oath is binding on them and they must live up to the Core Purpose of the University which to change Nigeria.
Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to ‘The Pipeline’ thanked God for the opportunity given to them to study at the institution and promised to be law abiding.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie on behalf of the Governing Council, Management, Senate, Council, Staff, and Students invites the general public to Benson Idahosa University 2017/2018 Matriculation Ceremony.
The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie has officially inaugurated the Governing Board of Benson Idahosa University Open Distance Learning School (BIUODLS). The historic inauguration took place at the Senate Chambers, on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
The Vice Chancellor who doubles as the Chairman of the Board commended the members for their willingness to serve, urging them to give their best.
Prof. Izevbigie assured the Board, of the total support of the Management, Senate, Governing Council and the entire University Community.
Members of the Governing Board include: Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, Prof. Sam Guobadia, Mr. Gladday Igweagbara, Mrs. Grace Sanni, Mr. M.J Okagbare, Prof. Bayo Okunade, Prof. Abiodun Falodun, Prof. A.R Anao, Prof. McDonald Idu, Dr. Mark Ighile, Sir D.E Ezekwere, Dr. Gary Whetstone, Ron Godwin, Mr. Henry Okunola and Mr. F.G Orhuwere.
In a bid to enhance the leadership skills of Departmental Student Presidents in the University, the President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa has launched the first ever ‘Presidents Club’ in the University.
Speaking during the launching, the President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa said the main objective of the club is to mentor these student leaders on how to lead their followers effectively and further instill moral and ethical values in them.
He said: “Mentorship for you personally is one of the major reasons for this club; then mentorship on how to lead. We want to mentor you personally so you can be good leaders, and also mentor you on how to groom good leaders with moral values.”
According to him, leadership goes beyond training just one generation.
“Leadership is always thinking generationally, I don’t want to raise leaders for one generation but for three generations. After our monthly interaction, I want you to teach somebody, who will teach another person. So if I am working with you, then I expect that you will teach two generations.”
“The club is a leadership mentoring platform for these young men and women as part of our deliberate thrust to raise better leaders for this nation.”
The President noted that the Presidents Club is not to replace the Resident Advisor (RA) system of the University but a club to help the students become better individuals and learn about value based leadership.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Sam Guobadia disclosed that the establishment of the club is line with training leaders who would lead the change.
Prof. Guobadia noted that putting group of students together who would constantly liaise and find out what is going on in the various associations is something that is very close to his heart.
“When I heard of this launch, I saw a hierarchical structure in my head, where we have the Proprietorship of the University, and then we have the Council and the Management team. At the other level, we have the structure or group of students we can reach out to, in other to know what is happening.”
“This Club will benefit every one of you because when you find yourself in a group like this; it is a chance for you to develop your leadership skills and social skills and most importantly, life skills. Remember, to be a great leader, one has to exhibit certain qualities. These qualities can be learnt at home, in schools or in a forum like this,” he added.
The Presidents Club is poised to bring about a paradigm shift in students approach to becoming leaders which would help them in their future endeavours.
Four of our alumni, Mrs. Osayuki Aiyanyo, Mrs. Osarunwese Irabor, Ms. Imoedemhe Tessy Oshione and Ms. Ivie Akhere have been appointed into the Edo State Judiciary as magistrate judges.
Benson Idahosa University has emerged champions again at the just concluded seventh edition of the Nigeria Private Universities Games Association (NPUGA), after topping the overall medals table with 38 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.
BIU, the defending champion defeated 25 other private Universities which included, Afe Babalola University, Igbinedion University, Lead City University, Babcock University, Elizade University, and American University amongst others to emerge winners for the 7th time in 14 years of the sporting festival.
During the biennial sport fiesta that took place from December 9th to 20th at the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Team BIU participated in Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Scrabble and Swimming where they proved their superiority respectively.
The Sports Coordinator, Mrs. Eunice Adebayo-James, commended the organizers stating that games have helped discover talents who could be prepared for national and international sport events.
She attributed her team’s performance to God and the unflinching support from the Management of the institution.
“We dedicate this victory to the God of Archbishop Benson Idahosa who laid the foundation of this university. I also dedicate it to the President of Benson Idahosa University, F.E.B. Idahosa who has always supported our sporting activities through his words of encouragement and prayers.”
She further thanked the Director of Campus life, Rev. Laurie Idahosa for her unrelenting encouragement to sports.
One of the team members, Oduni Evans who spoke on behalf of others said it was a worthy experience to participate in the games as it will serve as a leap of greatness to continually perform exceptionally. He thanked the University for giving him the opportunity to represent them at the national level.
She solicited that the government should support the games as it would help in the development of sports men and women.
Meanwhile, Team Afe Babalola came second with 14 gold, 20 silver, and 12 bronze medals, while Igbinedion University finished third with 10 gold, 13 silver, and 16 bronze medals.
Lead University gathered 7 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals to place fourth position, while Redeemers University were in fifth position with 5 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals. The host university, Nile University, finished with 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
The National Universities Commission (NUC) teams on an accreditation visit to Benson Idahosa University have commended the University’s Mass Communication programme for meeting up with the necessary requirements needed for running the programme.
Speaking during the exit briefing, the team leader Prof Pate Umar thanked the leadership of the University for their understanding and cooperation.
Members of the team were Professor Sunny Udeze, Professor B.O Pipola, and Dr. (Mrs.) Mmeka I.E.
Prof Nate Umar acknowledged that there are spacious classrooms; functional equipment; well-equipped mass communication studio; proper staff-student ratio; good staff development initiatives; and fairly adequate funding.
Reading the interim report, he added that the curriculum meets the minimum requirement of the NUC BMAS.
Furthermore, he said the programme’s philosophy and objectives are within the limit of the NUC benchmark; and the University meets her financial obligation to the programmes.
While thanking the Management of Benson Idahosa University for its hospitality, the team leader said that members of their teams were glad to be exposed to the beautiful facilities at Covenant University.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, appreciated members of the NUC accreditation teams for the services rendered to the University and the country at large, adding that the comments made by the team leaders will be attended to.
He appreciated the team for doing a thorough job, adding that the purpose of their visit was to
Also at the meeting were the Registrar, Benson Idahosa University, Rev. Mike Okagbare; Librarian, Mrs. Grace Sanni, Bursar, Mr. Gladday Igweagbara; Dean of Post graduate School, Prof. Bamidele Sanni, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Education, Innocent Umejiesi, Dean of Faculty of Social and Management Science, Prof. O. F Eborieme, Dean of Faculty of Science, Dr. Osondu Akoma; Director of Academic Planning, Dr. Mark Ighile, the Head of Department, Mass Communication, Dr. Godwin Oboh, and other faculty members from the Department of Mass Communication.
The 53rd President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Ismaila Muhammadu Zakari, has ranked Benson Idahosa University’s Accounting programme as one of the best in the country. He endorsed the quality and standard of the programme when he led a delegation of the Institute on a courtesy call to the University Management. According to him, the University employs a lot of chartered accountants in the country and that’s why the students are performing exceptionally thereby enhancing the global competitiveness of the institution.
He said: “Since 2008 when the Accounting Department was first accredited, the Institute has had a cordial relationship with Benson Idahosa University. Since then the University has maintained standards required to keep it in our list of accredited institutions for the proper teaching and learning of Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.It is on record that many of your graduates of accounting have successfully completed professional examination of the Institute.”
Alhaji Zakari mentioned that the institute was established to set standards and regulate the practice of accounting in Nigeria, adding that the institute’s certification will help the accounting students of Benson Idahosa University become well-trained professional accountants.
“As you are aware ICAN was established by the act of parliament in 1965 to set standards and regulate the practice of accountants in Nigeria, since then the institute has produced more than 43,293 chartered accountants and over twenty thousand accounting technicians who are very talented and committed; working in every sphere of the Nigeria economy and we are proud to say that many are graduates of this university” he said.
“Today ICAN members hold influential positions in Nigeria and around the world as business leaders, public administrators, academics, decision makers and trusted advisers.” The ICAN President also sued for increase in the partnership with the university. This would ensure that graduates of Benson Idahosa University are offered preferential treatment with the institute’s professional examinations.
He emphasized that this partnership with the institute will allow graduates of the Accounting programme from Benson Idahosa University to be exempted from the 11 subjects in the first two stages (Foundation and Skills Levels) of the Institute’s three –stage professional examinations. The ICAN President in his remark singled out a Professor of Accounting in the university, Professor A.R. Anao. He thanked Prof. A.R. Anao for his contribution to several accounting journals and practices in the country.
In his remark, The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia said the University will always conform to the standard of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in the training of its students in the accounting profession. He lauded the institute saying it’s one of the foremost institutes in the country that has done wonderfully well. He acknowledged the level professionalism that ICAN has been identified with over time.
The Acting Head, Department of Accounting, Benson Idahosa University, Dr. S.N Ugbogbo, said the department will continue to leverage on the good working relationship with the institute to produce credible accountants in the country He said the well-equipped departmental library and qualified lecturers contribute to the successful training of professionals in the field.
The Departmental library of the University also received another boost with the donation of accounting textbooks by the Institute to the Department of Accounting.
During the visit, the ICAN delegation also had an interactive session with the graduating students of Accounting. They were also given a guided tour round the University campus.