Christiana Gokyo, Jos
LAFIA – The Bingham University, Karu in Nasarawa State, has established a Radio Station “89.9 FM” to boost information dissemination in the school community and to also offer more practical experience for Mass Communications students.
The institute has also slashed the fees on some of its programmes by 46 per cent, in the efforts to encourage indigent students.
Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. William Qurix, disclosed this at press briefing on Thursday, adding that the measure by the university (which is owned by the ECWA Church), and it’s among many others aimed at easing access to the university.
He also stated that, courses affected by the reduction included first degrees in Mathematics and Statistics, Industrial Physics, Industrial Chemistry and English.
The VC explained that the fees for the courses, which used to be N751,250 per session, have been reviewed to N400,000 so as to encourage more students to pursue the programmes.
According to him, other discounts covered first degrees in Biochemistry and Microbiology, whose fees of N751,250 have been pegged to N600,000 each.
The Vice Chancellor, however, said that the special scholarship scheme would commence from the 2018/2019 academic session.
Speaking on the university’s third combined convocation slated for Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, Qurix said that a total of 696 students would receive first degrees, with 33 of them bagging first-class.
Prof Qurix revealed that, 299 students would receive Second-class Upper degrees, while 278,45 and two would bag Second-class Lower, Third-class, and Pass degrees in the convocation organised for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 graduating classes.
“The honourary degrees will be awarded to Prof. Julius Okojie, former executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC); Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, former health minister, and Mrs. Ruth Garba, an educationist.
“We are honouring Okojie for his efforts to encourage private universities; we are also honouring Lambo for ensuring stability in the health sector even when he is the first non-medical doctor to head the sector,” Qurix said.
He pointed out that, “Throughout Lambo’s tenure as health minister, there was no strike; we find this very amazing.
“The university recently established three additional faculties – Pharmacy, Law and Health Science – 14 out of the institution’s 19 programmes had been fully accredited, while two had interim accreditation.
“Three courses are yet to be visited because they have just been established,” and assured that they are working hard to ensure that courses with interim accreditation are fully accredited, while those that have not been accredited are accredited as quickly as possible.
He said that the 13-year-old university had established a school of post-graduate studies to encourage more research towards a better Nigeria.
According to him, “The University is partnering with other universities abroad, for staff and students exchange programmes. We have a partnership with Sumy State University, Ukraine; John Hopkins University, in the U.S.A, for medical studies, and University of Wolverhampton, for entrepreneurial studies,” he disclosed.
“The Nasarawa State Government has provided a computer centre to us. It is also currently constructing the road to the schoo,” and commended the Nasarawa state government for its kind gestures and support to the school, which is commendable.
He said that the school was also partnering with private developers for the building of hostels, while efforts had reached an advance stage toward establishing a community bank.
The VC also expressed confidence in the quality of students being trained in the university, saying that they were receiving “all-round” training that would make them assets to society after graduation.
He advised the students to take advantage of the facility to prepare for media practice on graduation.