The 20th Olu of Warri, HRM, Ogiame Ikenwoli I, is one of the eminent Nigerians to receive Benson Idahosa University (BIU) honorary doctorate degree in the forthcoming University convocation ceremony, set to hold on the 8th of July, 2017.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Sam Guobadia disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Olu’s Palace in Warri, Delta State.
According to Prof. Guobadia who led the University Management delegation, he said they came to convey the endorsement of the University Governing Council on Management’s recommendation that the Olu of Warri be honoured with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity.
“As a community we know you deserve this significant award because of your resourcefulness which the throne is widely known for.”
You are the 20th Olu of Warri; you are a child of God, a man of peace and a widely acknowledged bridge builder that has led his people well which ”
Speaking during the visit, the Olu said, it is a great honour to him to be recognized by the University and deemed fit.
“I am indeed elated with this offer and promise to be there on the proposed date with my entourage.”
He mentioned that he is always very happy to associate himself with the University Chancellor, Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa.
“To me, this is family affair as I am a deeply involved member of the church. I am here to identify with you. Feel free to call for my assistance and whatever that is within me to do or give, I will do.” he said
He further thanked the University Management for honouring him with their presence and wished them a safe return back home.
3rd International conference and scientific exhibition
THEME: “Translating Research into Development: The Role of Women in Science.
DATE: 31st JULY – 3rd AUGUST 2017.
VENUE: Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Edo State Nigeria
The Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Benin City, Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa, on Thursday commissioned a 1 Kilometer dual carriage road that is being constructed and donated by the Managing Director of Ray Royal Construction Company, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Matthew Okpebholo, at the legacy campus of the University in Okha, Benin City.
Speaking at the flag off, Archbishop Margaret Benson Idahosa commended the philanthropic gesture demonstrated by Okpebholo, describing him as a humble and godly man whom the University will continue to hold in high esteem. The visitor to the University, expressed her delight at the spate of work at the permanent site of the University at Okha. She commended the University Management, staff and students for the developmental strides of the Institution and steadfastness on the part of staff for making the Church of God Mission Intl proud.
Cutting the ribbon, the Chancellor appealed to other well-meaning individuals to emulate the kind gesture of Rev. Okpebholo, while praying that Benson Idahosa University will continue to sour higher and live up to her expectations.
According to Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Matthew Okpebholo, who is a pastor at Church of God Mission International (CGMi), the road, which will cost him about N300 million, is expected to be completed in 2017 and maintained by him for 25 years.
The philanthropist, who had in the past donated building to the University of Benin, road to Samuel Adegboyega University, mentioned that generosity was a way of life for him because he wants to be remembered for his good deeds.
“No individual can do what we are seeing now if God is not involved as it is Government that builds road for citizen” he said.
Okpebholo, who said the road will be constructed with kerbs and walkways, disclosed that road construction in the country is expensive; hence the need for philanthropists to assist in such project is needed.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, the President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa said that the flag off is the beginning of great things to happen this year.
“We are here to mark a legacy that started in 1978 and continue the vision of our founder who passed on 19years ago” he said.
“Resources will move to you when you begin to move towards your vision but if you sit still, your vision will sit still, as we moved towards this vision, God sent so many people to sow seed on this campus that is a reality today”
The Chairman of the Governing Council, Engineer Goddie Isibor, disclosed that the University had started moving to its permanent site with the completion of the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, recreational facilities, as well as the hostels. He noted that the Institution will commence; Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Energy Engineering, Computer Engineering, Architecture, as well as Sandwich programme for pastors.
Engr. Isibor thanked Bishop Matthew Okpebholo and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy Church for their contributions to the development of the Institution. He also used the occasion to thank the President of the Institution for keeping the vision alive, adding that there are more hurdles to be crossed.
After the official flag off, the Chancellor alongside Bishops from Church of God mission Intl were taken on a tour round the legacy campus by Management and the University project team.
A two man team from Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB), Ahmadu Bello University chapter, made up of Mr. Haruna Umar and Suleiman Abubakar paid a visit to the campus recently. The visit was to discuss with the University management on how they intend to fight examination malpractices in preparation for the 2017 IJMB examinations.
Welcoming the guests, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, on behalf of the Students and School Community welcomed the visitors to the institution. He assured them of the University’s commitment to collaborate with them and stamp out exam malpractice.
Giving the developmental strides of the University, he re-iterated that one of the Institution’s core values is transparency. The Vice Chancellor added that the University wants a high success rate this year, as it has prepared its Students with the task ahead.
“We have every reason to expect higher passing rate this year, past questions are very necessary, the strategy adopted is very important and we would do anything to make the job easy’’ he said.
Prof. Izevbigie assured the delegates that the University would help make their job successful.
According to the leader of the visiting team, Mr. Haruna Umar, he said the matriculation board needs the help of the University to battle examination malpractice that may occur during the 2017 IJMB Exams.
“We need your help to curb examination malpractice; the program has existed for years; we are here to assure the University management that there would not be any problem during and after the exams” he said
Haruna mentioned that examination malpractices have become a nauseating phenomenon in the Nigerian education system, thus posing a major threat to the standard of examinations in Nigeria.
He congratulated the management for ensuring that workshops and laboratories are readily available for the students. The IJMB team leader expressed satisfaction at the University’s adherence to quality assurance, while appreciating the University Management for their hospitality.
He assured that IJMB would do all that was needed to checkmate the challenges of exam malpractices, especially in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, approval has been granted to the delegates of IJMB to go ahead with the practice.
Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) is an Approved, Proven & Certified Advanced level programme specifically designed to provide an opportunity for candidates who cannot gain admission to regular degree programmes in Nigerian Universities.
The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie has said that the University will partner with Edo State Government to generate electricity from accrued waste in the state. He made this known at the Edo State Government house during a meeting with the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.
The Vice Chancellor who was in the company of the President, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa as well as top management staff said the visit was to seek the government’s permission to get access to its waste dumpsites for the University’s ‘Waste to Wealth Initiative’.
Prof. Ernest also explained that the initiative aimed to facilitate youth employment, income generation and conversion of waste to electricity in the state.
“We want to partner with the state in the area of waste management; we want to convert waste into wealth. A Switzerland based company will fund the project with no financial commitment on the part of the government. We are building a waste recycling machine which will have a bioreactor that will act as an artificial stomach to digest the carbon base material” he revealed.
He mentioned that the initiative will help reduce health hazards and increase the state’s GDP. Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki said his administration is willing to collaborate with the Institution to convert waste for wealth creation in the state.
Speaking on why he decided to meet the Management, he noted that waste management was a priority in his administration and he was ready to team up with investors interested in converting waste to wealth. He also said that his administration, in its effort to make the state clean, will unveil its environmental strategy in less than two months.
“We will be launching a massive environmental campaign because our goal is to make the state and Benin City the cleanest capital in the country. It will involve massive citizen participation and we will be counting on the support of the University when we unveil the strategy”, he said.
The Governor however urged the institution to finalise plans with its other partners in order to facilitate a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government.
They were all colourfully and elegantly dressed, looking astonishing with the black academic gown crested with the University’s logo at the top left and right corner. The University looked more beautiful as various decorations all over the campus were in blue, gold and white, which is the institution’s color.
The University auditorium was another sight to behold as chairs were neatly arranged for parents, friends and relatives whom have come to celebrate with their children and wards. The students looked lovely as they walked majestically in cliques into the school’s main auditorium, to be inducted as new students into the University. Many were seen taking pictures in excitement, indeed matriculation is a day that many new students look forward to.
That was the scenario at Benson Idahosa University during its matriculation ceremony for the 2016/2017 fresh men who took the oath of matriculation before the institution’s principal officers.
Declaring open the event which signifies the official acceptance of the students into the school, the Director of Academic Planning, Dr. Mark Ighile, in line with the school’s tradition said the opening prayers which signaled the opening of the ceremony.
The vice Chancellor Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie while congratulating the new students for their admission into the institution said the privilege given to them came with responsibilities which required the students to take their studies serious.
Speaking on the theme “The importance of the next 48 to 60 months”, he urged the 494 matriculating students to be of good character as the school which was established on the instruction of God is guided by seven core values, enumerating that these values has distinguished the school amongst others in the country.
Prof. Izevbigie urged the students to aim for excellence, saying the event marked the beginning of their four to five years academic journey in the school adding that they must be disciplined for them to achieve greatness in life
“As freshmen, I implore you to be receptive of all the good things that could come your way in the lecture halls, hostels, campus, and even in Edo State” he said
Benson Idahosa University is guided by its Mission, Vision and Core Purpose
“Our Vision is Raising Academics, Professionals and Entrepreneurs who will be effective disciples for Christ by excelling in their fields while our mission is raising leaders who are complete in spirit, mind and body.” He told the students
In addition he assured the parents that their Children are in to get the best as the school has the state of the art facilities to aid learning thereby ensuring a smooth running of their programs.
“We are on a mission to raise leaders who can stand the test of time, who can build a virile and just society. Structures have been put in place to ensure a comfortable life for all our students in the areas of security, accommodation, conducive and congenial teaching and learning environment” he added.
According to the Vice Chancellor, academic staffs are being encouraged to be more research driven; as this will attract grants to the University alluding that the University by way of innovation got international recognition by the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI) as the only affiliate member in the continent of Africa.
The high point of the event was the symbolic signing by representative of each faculty and the administering of oath by the Registrar.
The Registrar, Rev. Mike Okagbare, told the students that the oath is binding on them and they must live up to the expectation of the university which to change Nigeria.
He further urged them not to go against the letters of the oath as it will attract penalties based on the school student disciplinary act.
After the ceremony, the freshers went to the University’s field for pictures and merriment with friends and relatives.
The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof Ernest Izevbigie said 169 ex-agitators had graduated with first class and second class degrees in upper and lower divisions from Benson Idahosa University.
He disclosed this during an award-giving ceremony for the beneficiaries of the presidential amnesty programme at the Benson Idahosa University in Benin, Edo State.
Four of the beneficiaries were offered automatic employment by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie on behalf of the governing council and the School management.
He also commended the Federal Government for the initiative which he said had been instrumental in re-integrating the ex-agitators into the society.
Reacting to the achievement, The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh said the partnership between the Federal Government and the University had been effective in the socialization of the beneficiaries.
Boroh who was represented by the Head of Education (onshore) of the presidential amnesty office, Maj. Kesiena Mowari (retd.), said that currently, the presidential amnesty programme has about 2,600 delegates in over 30 domestic academic institutions and the Nigerian Law School, under the education unit of the programme established in 2011.
“Indeed, it is a privilege and an honour to also mention that the programme has thus far achieved about 200 first class and second class upper graduates through institutions like Benson Idahosa University” he said
“Benson Idahosa University has been a partnering institution with the Presidential Amnesty programme since December 2011 when an initial batch of 159 Amnesty delegated were admitted into this noble institution” He added
According to him the working relationship with the university has been extremely cordial and productive
The Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, thanked the University for training the students to become useful members of the society and epitome of good behavior to others.
The Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom further said that it is a thing of Joy to know that eight of the students made First class.
During the award ceremory, Chief Brown Mede who represented the Olu of Warri commended the program as a right step in the right direction.
He added that they are glad with the partnership scheme with the University, and encouraged the University to keep up on their good works.
Her urged the Students to imbibe the values that they have been thought while in school as there are a lot of things they can add to their immediate environment
One of the benefactors, Fianka Diamond, thanked the University for making him whom he is today.
On his part, Ikpaazaere Deborah said that her four years at Benson Idahosa University was a great experience which cannot easily be forgotten.
The lecture time, chapel time, cell time, morning devotions all put together made me a success” she said.
She added that the University has qualified staff members who are ready to build and mold students, who are willing to attain academic excellence.
The Presidential Amnesty Programme was conceived as a National response to stabilize the security situation in The Niger Delta in order to permit economic recovery, development and investment in the Region in particular and The Nation in general.
In furtherance of a partnership between Benson Idahosa University and Delaware State University, The president of Delaware State University, Dr Harry Lee Williams and his team recently paid a courtesy visit to the campus to strengthen partnership talks on research, seed technology, forage production, Live-stock breeding and curriculum development with the University management.
Speaking during the visit The President Delaware State University, Dr Harry said the visit was to discuss possible areas of partnership that will be beneficial to the two Universities.
The Vice-Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof Ernest Izevbigie, who spoke during the collaboration talks, gave the developmental strides of the University reiterating the importance of staff and students exchanged programs amongst the Universities
The President of Benson Idahosa University, Bishop F.E.B. Idahosa, who led the Delaware State team on an inspection tour around the University, expressed satisfaction and confidence of the University Management that the partnership would play a great role in moving the University closer to its core purpose of changing Nigeria.
He noted that this partnership was part of the transformation agenda of the University to reposition Nigeria and make it a hub in Africa
Also at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Professor Sam Guobadia; Registrar of Benson Idahosa University, Rev Mike Okagbare, Director Campus Life Division, Rev. Laurie Idahosa, Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Prof Bamidele Sanni, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural technology, Prof. Williams Molindo, Director of Academic Planning, Dr Mark Ighile, Chairman of the Board, Delaware State University, Dr. Claiborne Smith, Associate Vice President of International Affairs, Dr. Fengshan Liu, and Associate Dean of College of Agriculture, Dr. Marikis Alvarez amongst others.
“Prior to the commencement of the competition, we invested a lot of effort, time, dedication and prayers into the competition” Before our first appearance in court, we felt fear at the sight of students from other federal and state universities rehearsing to the extent that one of our counsels proposed that we also adopt similar modus operandi.
In a bid to awaken the spirit of mentorship in humanities and exposure of students to new skills in paper presentation and academic writing, the Centre for Language Research and English Proficiency (CLAREP), Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Education recently held an international conference for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Nigerian leaders at all levels of governance have been urged to promote inclusive growth in charting a way forward for the country. Prof. Sam Guobadia, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Benson Idahosa made this known at a leadership summit organized by a non-governmental organization, Strategic Leadership Academy, SLA, in conjunction with Scripture Communication Network, SCN, at Benson Idahosa University.
A United Nations backed committee in 2009, predicted an impending food crises in Africa by the year 2020.In lieu of this, Benson Idahosa University gathered global icons under the THINKERS’ NEST Forum to proffer possible ways to avert this impending epidemic.
The Management, staff and students of Benson Idahosa University on September 11, 2015 joined the Chancellor, Archbishop M.E Benson Idahosa and the Church of God Mission International big family to commemorate its founder, Archbishop B.A. Idahosa of blessed memory.
The Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, has faulted the clarification by the Federal Government that Fanta and Sprite beverages manufactured in Nigeria by the Nigeria Bottling Company were safe for consumption.
It will be recalled that a Lagos High Court ordered the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control to compel the NBC to include a written warning that the drinks could not be consumed with Vitamin C.
The Federal Ministry of health had on March 18, 2017, declared that the products were healthy for consumers, having conducted a routine inspection in 2016, through the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, at NBC, which it said turned out satisfactory.
It had, however, directed the company and other bottling companies to include the advisory warning on their products to protect the health of Nigerians.
But the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, who spoke at a press briefing, said that the position of the government fell short of addressing the safety concerns raised by the court.
Prof. Izevbigie stated that the Federal Government was silent on the usage of the colourant, sunset yellow, which he said had no nutritional value and also belonged to a chemical class of azo dye, that could be toxic to different cells in the human body and create problems.
He explained, “Although azo dyes do not occur in nature, they are metabolizable due to the presence of azoreductase enzymes in the body, which reduce the azo group to produce two compounds with amino groups.
“Scientific literature shows that sunset yellow is implicated in cytotoxicity, carcinogenesis, allergies and hyperactivity in three to nine-year-old children.”
The professor of biology and biochemistry also said that benzoic acid, a microbial preservative contained in the drinks, were almost twice the amount used in neighbouring Ghana and could be converted to benzene, “a known compound that causes cancer”.
According to him, the essence of the advisory warning recommended by the Federal Ministry of Health was already defeated, since Fanta and Sprite contained Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic acid.
He said, “You are telling me not to take these products with Vitamin C but you already have Vitamin C in it. It seems to me that the purpose of the advisory warning is already defeated.”
He, therefore, urged NAFDAC to live up to its responsibility in scientific research and regulation, adding that the issue of human safety must override profit.
“There should be a reduction of benzoic acid or sodium benzoate concentration to below 150 milligrams per kilogramme, as recommended by the World Health Organisation and is obtainable in the UK that has a low temperature than Nigeria and Ghana which has the same climatic condition as Nigeria” he said.
“Vitamin C should be removed as an ingredient in Fanta due to concerns raised from benzene toxicity; the use of natural dye could be considered, for example, beta-carotene, as is done for the NBC product, 5 Alive Pulpy Orange.”
Senior Pastor at the Rest Place Church of God Mission International, Rev. Tari Hudson Ekiyor, has urged Students to dream big but keep a narrow focus in other to attain greatness.
The Advocate for personal development made this known during a tweet conference with the Students of Benson Idahosa University on the topic “The future is here”.
Speaking to the Students, he said the opportunities available to this generation, clearly erases the best excuses they could ever come up with to justify failure.
According him, the best way to prepare for the future is to create it, adding that the future is here and we are not taken unawares.
“Today marks the beginning of the future but the future doesn’t end here” he said.
Personal development is personal responsibility and not the responsibility of any Institution.
He advised the Students to surround themselves with great people if they plan to be great.
“Be resourceful, having resources and being resourceful are different things and If you are resourceful, resources will come” he said.
He ended by charging the Students not to live to just make money but rather to create a legacy.
The United Nations Information Centre, Lagos has resolved plans to set up an Information Corner at the Department of International Studies and Diplomacy, Faculty of Arts and Education, Benson Idahosa University.
The Corner will enable Students of Benson Idahosa University and members from the South South geopolitical zone of Nigeria to gain quick access to current information on global issues and activities of the United Nations Organization.
The decision to establish the Corner was reached during an interactive session by students of the Department and the personnel of the United Nations Information Centre in Lagos.
During the session, the students complained about the difficulties they encounter while travelling to Lagos for the United Nations conferences, seminars, and study project.
In her response, the Librarian in charge of the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos, Mrs. Bolande Olumekor, informed the students of the conditions the hosts would play if such a Corner were to be established at the Department.
The purpose of the United Nations Information Corner in Benson Idahosa University would be to communicate the work, values, priorities and initiatives of United Nations in Nigeria
At the end of the session, each student received a copy of United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos Brochure.