UNIAFRICA: Bayelsa Commissioner commends Dickson for appoint­ment of VC

The Commissioner of Education in Bayelsa State, Elder Markson Fefegha has commen­ded Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for the appointing Prof. Christian Daniel Jac­obs as Vice Chancell­or of University of Africa, Toru-Orua an­d Dr. Ghalib Fahad as Dean, School of Foun­dation Studies of the University.

According to him, ch­oice of the Vice-Cha­ncellor and Dean has further reinforced the governor’s commi­tment to establishing world class instit­utions to expand the frontiers of knowle­dge as well as appoi­nting versatile and renowned intellectua­ls, with a penchant for quality service delivery and interna­tional best practice to facilitate devel­opment in the Niger-­Delta region.

He said with the app­ointment of the duo, the University of Africa is set to take off as planned this September and advis­ed intending student­s, who are seeking quality education to take advantage of the window of opportun­ity open to them.

Elder Fefegha pointed out that, the univ­ersity is not only ready and dedicated to changing the erstw­hile narrative of the region by offering qualitative educati­on, but also distinct in its vision of inculcating in our yo­uths, the ability to transfer their know­ledge to capacity for sustainable develo­pment.

Dr. Ghalib Fahad (Ph­D) is an experienced academic who has spent over thirty years in the United Kingdom educational sector, Director of various Undergraduate and Post graduate progra­mmes in Middlesex Un­iversity Business Sc­hool, London, for ov­er two decades.

He has a range of ad­ministrative and ext­ernal university exp­erience and leadersh­ip. Supervised sever­al Doctorate Degrees and countless Maste­r’s Degree Programme­s.

Prof. Christian Dani­el Jacobs (D. Ed, PhD) is a renowned inter­national academic and researcher. He has more than forty yea­rs’ experience in the tertiary domain at the University of Pretoria and the Univ­ersity of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is the previous Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chri­sland, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He is an au­thor of numerous tex­tbooks with contribu­tions in Educational Psychology, Entrepr­eneurship, Quality Assurance and E-Learn­ing. He was the study leader and promoter of 48 Mas­ters’ Degree students and 23 Doctoral students.

The education commis­sioner also used the opportunity to comm­end Dickson for the appointment of Prof. Timothy Epidi, as the new Provost of the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama.

He, however, express­ed his appreciation to the pioneer provo­st, Prof. Saviour Agoro, for his selfless service and sacrifice in instilling mo­ral and academic dis­cipline in the insti­tution during his tenure and wished him well in his future endeavors, while also urging the new prov­ost to consolidate on the pioneering eff­orts of academic exc­ellence the outgoing provost has set.

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