_The following events took place in the University from Monday 8th, - Friday 12th, January, 2024._

1. We commenced the new year with semester examinations for year two (2) students. We carried out on the spot assessment of the examination centres to evaluate the conduct of the examinations and we are pleased with the comportment and supervisions of the examinations. 

2. In line with our avowed commitment to positively impact the status of the University, we inaugurated a Committee on naming of unnamed roads/streets/venues/close in the University. The Committee headed by a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Prof. Collins Wizor is expected to ease movements within the University campuses.

3. The end of tenure of Dr. Felicia Ayuwo as the Bursar of the University and the handover ceremony to Dr. God'spower Obah as the Acting University Bursar was held at the Office of the Bursar with colleagues pouring glowing encomium on the outgone Bursar. It will be worthy of note that Dr. Felicia had an impactful tenure as Bursar by bringing her deep wealth of expertise to bear on the University.

4. The construction of lecture halls donated by Dr. EMI Membere Otaji has commenced and we are grateful to the donor for the kind gesture. 

5. We received Dr. Fatima Lambaraa-Lehnhardt of the Leibniz Centre for Agriculture Landscape Research, Germany and her team and we had discussions on possible areas of collaboration on digital tools in Agriculture.

6. We are grateful to Professor Kinikanwo Green, the immediate past Director of the Centre for Maternal and Child Health for refurbishing the utility vehicle attached to the Centre. Professor Kinikanwo is on Leave of Absence to serve the government of Rivers State.

7. We paid unscheduled visits to the Lulu Briggs Health Centre and the Admissions Office to assess the ongoing year one registration exercise. 
The Medical Centre conducts health fitness for our newly admitted students while the admissions office conducts physical clearance for the newly admitted students. We commended heads  of both units and their staff for their professionalism and diligence to duty.

8. In our bid to recognize and celebrate excellence, we received a letter from Hon. Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill of the Court of Appeal to institute awards for Best Graduating Students in Public Law and Best Graduating Student in Jurisprudence and International Law all in the Faculty of Law. We commended the gesture of His Lordship and salute his support to the University. 
You would recall that he also operating a scholarship scheme for students of the University.

9. Similarly, we received a letter for the Institution of Prof. P. C. Mmom Annual Awards/Prizes for the best graduating student in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Geography & Environmental Management, best graduating student of the Faculty of Social Sciences and overall best graduating student. We are grateful to our dear Prof. Mmom for this amazing benevolence. 

10. We received the newly inaugurated executive members  of the Student Union of the University. The Executive Committee of the Student Union was led by Comrade Martins Azirindu, the President of the Student Union. We urged the student body to prioritize the welfare and interest of the student community while also working harmoniously with the University Management.

11.  We are emboldened by the lastest ranking of Africa Universities by UniRank where the University of Port Harcourt was ranked as the 19th best University in Africa and first in Nigeria. We would like to use this medium to appreciate our amiable workforce, it is a collective responsibility and above we give all glory to God who is faithful indeed.

12. The Centre for Transport and Logistics, University of Port Harcourt held orientation exercise for her newly admitted students. The Students were formally introduced to the policies of the University that will guide them for the duration of their programme. We charged them to make full use of the intellectual resources in the University.

13. We held a friendly meeting with members of staff who were retrenched in 1999 by the Federal Government. The University Management after an out-of-court settlement had reinstated the staff and they pledged to commit their services to the University.

14. The University prides itself with brains and beauties as Serwaa Anuforo Chigozie of the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Humanities was recently crowned Miss Port Harcourt. We wish her a successful and impactful reign. 

15. We received members of the Environmental Management Association of Nigeria on a courtesy visit to the University Management. The Association presented an Award of Excellence on the Vice-Chancellor in recognition of our contributions and support to the Association.

16. We were at the Bursary Departmental Meeting chaired by the acting Bursar. We appreciated their commitment thus far and encouraged them to put in their best and work in harmony for the advancement of the University.

We appreciate the roles you all played at your various designated units during the week under review.

Happy new year once again and have a great weekend.

Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt

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