_The following events took place in the University from Monday 5th, - Friday 9th, February, 2024_


1. In pursuit of creating a more prosperous University, we had a fruitful discussion with one of our alumni and strategic partners, Dr Richard Nyong, MD/CEO, Lekki Estates, Ikoyi Lagos, and had fruitful discussions on  increasing the number of student beneficiaries of his Scholarship Scheme in the University to be above 400 (four hundred) students.


2. We are excited to inform the University Community that the United States of America is ready to collaborate with the University of Port Harcourt. This was made known by the visit of HE William Stevens, Consular-General of the United States Embassy, Lagos. We give all glory to God for the visibility and functionality of our dear University.


3.  We received the good news of a member of staff – Dr. Aroloye Numbere, who won the first price Award at the International Society of Tropical Foresters Science at the Yale School of Environment Science, 2024 Innovation Award. We commended him for the feat and use this medium to encourage staff to be their best in the various fields of research interest. 


4. Yet another institution of Scholarship Scheme. We are glad to inform the University Community that the Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji Foundation had on Thursday, 8th February, 2024, instituted a scholarship scheme for 41 (forty-one) indigent but brilliant students across various departments and faculties of the University. We are grateful to the Foundation for a well-thought benevolence towards the students’ community and for donation of ongoing building construction for the University. 


5. We inaugurated Hostel Allocation Committee for Students’ Campus Accomodation. The Committee is headed by Prof. Angela Frank-Briggs and they are charged with the responsibility of reviewing already allocated spaces to students, allocate new spaces and conclude hostel allocations for 2023/2024 session.


6.  In recognition of Excellent Commitment to Education in Nigeria, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Owunari Abraham Georgewill, received an Award as the Best Performing Vice-Chancellor, 2023 by the Nigeria Insight. We are grateful to God for his faithfulness. 


7. In our bid to retain our topmost position as NUGA champion, we received Prof. J. A. Ajienka, former Vice-Chancellor of the University,  Prof. Mark Anikpo former deputy Vice-Chancellor who are members of the Sports Management Committee of the University headed  by Prof. Ken Anugweje. We had a robust deliberation on maintenance of the University sports facilities.


8. We formally took possession of the newly built and furnished Department of Philosophy. We are grateful to H.E. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the intervention through TETFund.


9. We are glad to announce the commencement of the construction work for the completion of the School of Graduate Studies building. We are grateful to the donor/contractor for coming back to site after many years of halted activities at the site.


10.We received the Local Organizing Committee of the Conf. of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection and assured them of our support for knowledge.


11. Similarly, we received the Team Lead and members of the Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria and had discussions on possibilities of induction of professionals into the Council. 


12. We had in audience the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp, Rivers State, and his team in the University of Port Harcourt and held discussions on possible areas of collaboration.


13. The Principal Officers of the University held its 160th Meeting to discuss and take decisions on some matters relating to the University.


14. The newly elected Executive Council Members of the Women in Science in the Developing World visited the University Management and informed us of their quest to partner with us in achieving the goals of the Association.


15. We received the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter who came to commend our efforts in the University and also on possible areas of mutual benefits. They also conferred on the Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Service Award in recognition of our contribution to the Association.


16. We received the new Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and senior members of the Faculty and urged them to consolidate on the contributions of the immediate past Dean.


17. The Federal Character Commission was at the University on Friday 9th February, 2024 to assess federal presence in terms of equitable distribution of projects, employments, etc., in federal institutions. We are glad to report that the team was happy with the compliance level of the University of Port Harcourt. 


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


Have a great weekend.



Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt

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