Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Abia Reporters




By Ubani Newman Ubani

Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) was recently ranked 27th out of the 160 Higher Education institutions in Nigeria and 2nd Best State’s owned University.

The ranking, which is contained in the 2020 Nigerian University Ranking, is the first time the University would be ranking this high in its over 30 years of existence and goes to show that a simple leadership touch can transform a whole lot.

To say it the way it is, Abia State University has never kept a good record for comparison and qualifying standard of ranking as it is from 1st December 2015 till now 2020 of total change submission.

It is on record that before December 1, 2015 when Governor Okezie Ikpeazu approved the appointment of Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne as the 7th substantive Vice Chancellor of University, Abia State University was ranked 93rd among Nigerian Universities.

Between then and now, a lot has changed in the entire academic landscape of the University, hinging the benchmark on academic content, infrastructural development, web metric ranking, service delivery to regular students, alumni associations and all University stakeholders.

On academic content, under the watch of Ikonne, ABSU introduced the Faculty of Engineering with six departments of Mechanical, Computer, Civil, Information and communication Technology (ICT), Electrical Electronic, and Surveying and Geo-Informatics. The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences has not only been introduced but attracting the a former Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Professor Oleka Kelechi Udeala, as the pioneer Dean, the Faculty is highly subscribed. There are others such as Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing Sciences, Anatomy and Physiology.

The University’s department of Optometry is linked to the College of Optometry, State University of New York, USA, for clinical observations, staff and student exchange programmes.

Research Activities have significantly increased in volume and quality as the Abia State University was able to secure sponsorship for Institutional Based Research by TETFund for 38 Research topics at first instance and later 43 topics spanning through various disciplines. It didn’t stop at that as the University, for the first time, competed and one of the topics won National Research Fund sponsorship by TETFund in the field of Vision Science.

The University now enjoys full accreditation status from both the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Professional Regulatory Bodies. The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria MDCN has equally increased the quota from the perennial 75 to 120 in Medical and Surgery even as the University has for the first recorded a first class graduate at the Nigeria Law School. All these have been made possible with the consistent and unprecedented support of the State Governor and Visitor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu.

Governor Ikpeazu himself, is not only the Visitor to the Institution but by choice, a member of academic staff at the rank of a Senior Lecturer, pro bono, at the Department of Biochemistry. The academic and moral heights of the University was given a boost by the Governor following his appointment of a renowned academic giant and a first class traditional ruler in Nigeria, Orcivirigh Professor James Ayatse, Tor Tiv and Chairman of Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers, as the Honorable Chancellor of the University.

Further innovations have been made which has aided in repositioning the University for better service delivery including the application of technology culminating into the conduct of E-senate, On-line course registration, On-line fee payment, On-line uploading of semester results, On-line transcript transmission while degree certificates are collected on the convocation day.

These unprecedented and undeniable strides and achievements took place under the able leadership of the scholar in governance himself, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, PhD, and the administrative sagacity, Vice chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, leaderships that only count on action and not mere rhetorics.

Kudos to the adminstration of Dr. Ikpeazu for helping to drive “Our Story Must Change” mantra, a dictum in Abia State University, as coined and implemented by the Digital Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne. More eke of strength to the days of your remarkable leaderships. Our story has indeed, changed.

UBANI NEWMAN UBANI is Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media and Publicity.

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