NUC Team Raises Optimism on Biochemistry Department
Covenant University’s hope of upgrading her Biochemistry programme to a full-fledged department has received a big boost courtesy of the encouraging report presented by a Resource Verification Team from the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The NUC team had in an interim report presented to the Management of Covenant University on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, said it was impressed with what the University had put in place for running the Biochemistry programme, which has the capacity to be an autonomous department.
Professor David Okon Edem, who led the three-man team also featuring Professor Rabiu Saidu Wasagu and Mr. S. Dan-Asabe, said the assignment took them to many places on the University campus such as the laboratories, classrooms, library, and staff offices.
He said that the philosophy of the programme was in line with the NUC standard, course contents adequate, admission requirements were in order, lecture halls up to standard, and the fact that many faculty members have Ph.D. as academic qualification was commendable. Also, he lauded the University for providing sophisticated equipment in the laboratories, efficient e-library, and adequate internet facility.
While noting that the final report on the resource verification will be decided by the NUC, Professor Edem thanked the University for providing an enabling environment for his team to do its job.
In his comments, the Ag. Head, Department of Biological Sciences, under which Biochemistry currently runs as a programme, Dr. Solomon Rotimi, Appreciated God for the verification exercise and thanked the NUC team for its observations and encouragement; while the Director, Academic Planning Unit, Dr. Francis Idachaba, said the University has learnt a lot from the exercise, adding that the Biological Sciences department took cognizance of the observations made by the NUC team.
The Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, said that it was obvious from the NUC team’s submission that the University has put a lot in place to make the Biochemistry programme a department.
While thanking the NUC team for the resource verification exercise, the Vice-Chancellor said that as a very ambitious institution with the vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world, the University will not rest on its oars.
Also at the meeting were the Registrar, Covenant University, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; Acting Director, Centre for Learning Resources, Dr. Jerome Idiegbeyan-Ose; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Kolawole Ajanaku; Professors and other faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences.