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.
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.