The Faculty week of the Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences (FBAS) held on Monday, 6th of May, 2015 and had as theme; “Stress Management and Life on Campus”.
Welcoming all, the Dean of FBAS, Dr. Taidi Ekrakene said, “This year’s Faculty Week Seminar is in collaboration with the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing world (BIU Chapter)”. According to him, the seminar will afford both the academia and its immediate community, the opportunity to synergize and exchange ideas.
In the area of the faculty’s achievement, Dr. Ekrakene said that FBAS has made remarkable achievement in the quest for research development, adding that during the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, the Faculty produced a hand sanitizer as its own contribution towards stemming the spread of the disease. He ended with an appreciation of the efforts of the University’s Management for its vigor and determination to support staff development.
(Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie-NFAI) the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia said “seminars such as this are highly profitable”. Upon his appreciation to the organizers for coming up with such theme, he also enjoined the students to be attentive to every speech and seminar from the speakers; adding that the theme for the Seminar is very apt.
The guest speaker, Dr. E.O Adayonfo defined stress as uncomfortable feelings which could be as a result of biological, physiological and behavioral changes. He said “though stress could cause risk and discomfort, it could also be beneficial (eustress); adding that excessive stress causes distress, e.g. ill health, lack of freedom or mobility, abuse, poor attachment etc.
Concluding, Dr. Adayonfo spoke of the need for all to avoid unnecessary stress.
On her part, Pastor Kay Benson Akigbe speaking on, “Life on Campus”, charged the students to set clear goals for their future while in school and exercise the power of Son-ship. She however spoke of the need for the students to grow beyond the Orphan identity by living a life of conviction, while frowning at the excessive use of position, passion and control.
There was a special question and answer session.
Also present at the Faculty week were the University Bursar, Librarian, Deans and Lecturers from other Faculties as well as other invited guest.