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.
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.
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.
The Management of the University received an eight-man team from the National Universities Commission (NUC), on resource verification, to assess the level of the University’s preparedness in terms of human and material resources to start its proposed programmes.
The proposed programmes are Industrial Chemistry, Chemistry, Software Engineering and Information Technology, all in the Department of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Science.
Receiving the delegation made up of Professors from various universities in the country and NUC representatives, the Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Professor Ernest Izevbigie thanked the team for responding to the University’s invitation.
He assured them of University’s unflinching cooperation and readiness to adhere to all professional advice offered and to correct, implement and execute whatever recommendations made.
Briefing the Management after the verification exercise, the leader of the National Universities Commission (NUC) team, Professor S.B Junaid expressed satisfaction with things on ground for the proposed programmes and enjoined the University to keep up the pace of developmental projects.
He lauded the University for providing sophisticated equipment in the laboratories, efficient e-library, and adequate internet facility. Furthermore, he thanked the University for providing an enabling environment for his team to do its job, while commending the notable contributions of the entire Faculty to the relentless pursuit of the vision of raising models, professionals and entrepreneurs.
Apart from Professor S.B Junaid, other members of the eight-man team include, Prof. Hammawa Mohammed, Prof. Olumide Owolabi, Prof. Folahan Adekola, Prof. Abass Olajure, Prof. O.S Adewale, Hayatuddeen Umar and Nazeef Bala.
Professor S.B Junaid mentioned that the assignment took them to many places on the University campus such as the laboratories, classrooms, library, and staff offices.
Responding on behalf of the University, the Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie thanked the team for the visit and appreciated the suggestions, observations and genuine criticism made by the verification team to the University. He expressed hope that the University would be given the nod to commence the programmes very soon.
He maintained that the University was going to ensure strict compliance to the National Universities Commission’s set standard in its entire academic programme.
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 Science, Dr. Osondu Akoma; Director of Academic Planning, Dr. Mark Ighile and other Faculty members from the Department of Physical Sciences.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Sam Guobadia has disclosed that over 50 percent of Nigerians are miserable because of the nation’s economic downturn.
Prof. Guobadia made this known while delivering an inaugural lecture titled “It’s the Environment.” The ceremony, which was held in the university main auditorium, marked the 7th inaugural lecture in the University.
The University don, cited a research program carried out by the World Economic Forums Misery Index which supported his position. The index, he mentioned, is a combined measurement of unemployment and the average rate of inflation in prices of goods and services in the country.
“The combined employment and underemployment rates in Nigeria’s recession prone economy pulled the unemployment rate in the country to well over 50 percent, fueling the risk of insecurity and youth restiveness,” he said.
He mentioned that the failure to develop the economy after five decades of independence is a result of deficiencies in the environment particularly in the area of infrastructure, energy, education, macroeconomic policies, agriculture, international trade and suffocating corruption.
The Professor of Economics who boasts of innovative ideas in economic development added that the alteration of the existing economic and political disequilibrium would lead to more efficient allocation of resources and the development of sustainable economic growth path.
He highlighted negligence, corruption, policy inconsistencies, government inimical policies, and harsh operating environment as factors responsible for Nigeria’s poor economic performance.
He added: “Until the environment in Nigeria is sanitized it will be difficult to apply any form of sensible, modern economic framework. This is because conventional economic models no longer work in Nigeria due to environmental factors. This means that without fixing the environment, achieving inclusive growth, reducing unemployment and underemployment, eradicating poverty and the ability to diversify the economy and compete globally will remain elusive.”
The astute scholar lamented that Nigeria invests just 3percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education compared to South Korea that invests close to 60 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education and vocational trainings.
“Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore invest up 80 percent of its annual budget on capital projects; while Nigeria invests below the average of 24 percent of its annual budget on capital projects. Unarguably, Nigeria spends over 70 percent of its annual budget on recurrent expenditure, “he said.
On restructuring, he said: “If we do not restructure, if we did not revamp, if we do not change our institutions there would be difficulty in making economic progress because resources are not everything but the management of these resources and institutions establish the society.
“If we restructure, the strength and the resourcefulness of the people of the country will come out. Right now, many regions in the country are not pulling their weight because you have not unleashed them. If you unleash them then they will offer their best.
“Restructuring is not bad. What has produced the bad leaders is because we have weak institutions. Strong institutions will make good leaders come and go. Many of our leaders are good. President Buhari is not able to perform because we are faced with a deficient structure both politically and economically. The minute we revamp those structures, Nigerians will be unleashed and we will become one of the greatest economics of the world. Change the basic structure and Nigeria will grow.
The inaugural lecturer further recommended that improving governance, education, manpower development, eliminating corruption, modernizing of agricultural production, providing adequate soft and hard infrastructure in terms of policy and institutional reforms, judiciary, education as well as modern port facilities, railways and energy as the way forward for Nigeria
He said: “If we can fix the environment, then Nigeria will achieve economic emancipation.”
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie, represented by a Professor of Accounting and former Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof Richard Anao, congratulated the inaugural lecturer, noting that inaugural lectures were avenues through which scholars educate the public about their various achievements in research and learning.
He thanked Prof. Guobadia for delivering the seventh inaugural lecture of the University which he described as important and thoughtful.
The lecture was well attended by lecturers and students within and outside the country.
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Education and entrepreneurship are key factors to sustainable development. Benson Idahosa University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in conjunction with Building Bridges offer exclusive training programmes focusing on the Israeli experience as a point of departure and partnering with institutions on the road to excellence
The programme will be held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectures will be given by the University’s top professors. The Hebrew University is Israel’s premier university where nine (current and past) faculty members won the Nobel Prize or the Fields medal.
Programmes include lectures, workshops, networking meetings and excursions to religious and historical sites
Discover how Israel became the “Startup Nation “by understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that created it.
Get deep and rare exposure to the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Israel, analyzing each variation: from early-stage startups, through incubators and VC funds, to multinational companies.
Learn various strategies to drive innovation and creativity from the perspective of both the entrepreneur and the investor.
Entrepreneurs | Private Sector Professionals | Academics | Government officials
The above curriculum/study tour outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration
Seminar Fee: USD 3,950 per person.
The above fee includes:
Tuition Fee, study material, health insurance (citizens up to 64 years old), accommodation, (based on double occupancy) transport, full board, excursions
Additional fee for accommodation based on single occupancy: USD 570
The above fee does not include:
Visa * processed through Israeli Embassies upon admission to the programme and payment of participation fee, with support and guidance from Building Bridges
Air ticket to Israel
Payment terms & Details
Payment of programme fees in full is processed through international bank transfer, prior to course commencement.
All fees can be transferable to another intake or to a qualified candidate upon approval of the Admissions Committee
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Benson Idahosa University recently emerged top private university at the 25th Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Games, which was held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue. Benson Idahosa University was the only private university that participated at the NUGA Games with a total of 47 athletes, 8 coaches and 5 officials. Out of the 16 NUGA events, Team BIU participated in 7 events namely; Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.
According to records by the NUGA secretariat in Makurdi, a total of 57 universities competed for medals at the sports fiesta and amidst stiff competition, Team BIU emerged second runner-up with 10 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Benson Idahosa University proved its superiority by defeating 55 state and federal universities, which included, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), University of Nigeria (UNN), University of Benin (UNIBEN), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), University of Calabar (UNICAL), University of Jos (UNIJOS), and University of Ilorin. However, Benson Idahosa University won 8 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals in swimming, while in tennis (male single and female single) they garnered 1 gold and 1 bronze medal respectively.
Also, the students established their supremacy in badminton, by winning 2 bronze medals with an additional gold and silver in chess. Two of our athletes, Amukali Evans and Mohammed Lawal, won Most Valuable Player awards in swimming and tennis respectively. It will also be recalled that in 2011, Benson Idahosa University emerged second runner- up in the West Africa University Games held at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria.
Expressing her gratitude to the University Management, the Director of Sports who led and supervised the team from Benson Idahosa University, Mrs. Eunice Adebayo-James, attributed her team’s brilliant performance to God, and to the athletes’ gross discipline. “We came this far because my players performed according to the laid down instructions given to them, hence, God crowned our efforts. I want to appreciate the University Management for their unrelenting encouragement to sports and on behalf of the Sports Unit, we promise to continually strive to achieve greater feats in future competitions,” she said.
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) in swimming, Amukali Evans, said the team prepared adequately for the competition. “I feel very excited and great. We trained very hard and our Director of Sports took very good care of us,” he said. He explained that they passed through a lot of difficulties before and during the competitions. “However, that notwithstanding, we are all happy with the turnout of events,” he added.
Meanwhile, the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), garnered 70 gold, 47 silver and 33 bronze medals to win the 25th NUGA Games. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), came second with 11 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.