On behalf of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, I wish to welcome all the students and staff of this faculty to campus being the commencement of a new academic session. I commend the students generally for their good academic performance in addition to their excellent performance in sports, coupled with their good behavior. The same expectation goes to my colleagues, the lecturers, for their dedication to duty and mentorship of students, alongside their research work. Benson Idahosa University is no doubt blessed with competent and highly qualified lecturers and professionals. Moreover, the students enjoy a crisis-free campus. The good behaviour of students in our University is driven by the University’s ”core values” emphasizing our commitment to academic excellence with godliness as observed in the vision and mission of the university.
I want to use this opportunity to highlight the recent developments in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (FSMS). The Faculty, which is the largest faculty in Benson Idahosa University, has 7 degree programs in 6 Departments, namely, Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Banking & Finance, Mass Communication, Political Science & Public Administration and Sociology and Anthropology. Four of the departments have consolidated the development of their postgraduate programmes at the Masters level and two, namely Economics, Banking & Finance and Political Science are now presently running Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme. The Department of Accounting’s Ph.D. programme is presently at the final stage of approval. The Department of Mass communication being a capital intensive programme, has radio and television studios adequately equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities. The Department of Accounting also has Accounting laboratory, well-equipped with dozens of desktop computers, and other I.T. equipment.
Therefore, , I am very proud to report that all the programmes in the faculty except Mass Communication have been granted full accreditation status by National Universities Commission in the last accreditation exercise. The department of Mass Communication is currently on the verge of being presented for an accreditation exercise having the assurance of securing a full accreditation status for the department.
Once more, I wish to warmly congratulate the students and lecturers of this great faculty, who give expression to the vision and mission of Benson Idahosa University, translating them into the seven core values guiding the conduct of the staff and students of the university. We shall continue to impress upon our students and lecturers in the faculty the need to drive their “academics engines” toward achieving a breakthrough that would make Benson Idahosa University a World Class University.