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ISSN 1595-1685                                                   June 13, 2011                                       vol. 4  no. 22


Following a successful celebration of two years in office of Prof. Boniface Egboka as fourth substantive Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the University Community trooped to church last Sunday to thank God for His mercies.

The thanksgiving service which was to cap up a weeklong celebration of giant strides of last two/three years of outstanding academic and administrative achievements of Prof. Egboka took place at St. Joseph the Worker Chaplaincy, Awka.

It was a great day for friends, well wishers of the Vice-Chancellor and the University Community as the Catholic Community celebrated the Pentecost on that Sunday, and UNIZIK thanked God on the same day for the descent of God’s wisdom, and knowledge, good leadership skills and peace on the Management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University led by Prof. B. C. E. Egboka in the last two/three years.

In his message, the Chaplain, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Boniface Obiekezie urged Christians to use the period of Pentecost to reflect on their relationship with people.

Describing the Holy Spirit as a unifying force, life-giving spirit and a strong wind, Dr. Obiekezie said that one cannot be a child of God without Holy Spirit, as the descent of the Holy Spirit was the beginning of the Christian faith.

While explaining the imports of gifts of the Holy Spirit which include wisdom, understanding, counsel, judgement, pure heart and fear of God, Rev. Fr. Obiekezie prayed God to give the Christians the grace to continue to nourish in the spirit.

He also prayed for the University to be endowed with these amazing gifts as such will propel the citadel of learning to greater heights, calling on God to grant Egboka strength and fortitude to pilot the University to safety in the remaining years of his tenure.

At the end of the thanksgiving service, the University Community, friends and well-wishers of the Vice-Chancellor, moved to the VC’s lodge where they were entertained.

It was a day to remember with the Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Prof. Godwin Onu serving as Chairman.

UNIZIK Assures Medical and Dental Council on Standards
Following the lifting of the suspension placed on the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical Programme by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the Management of NAU has assured the Council of maintaining high standards.

In a letter by the Registrar, Barr. C. C. Okeke to the Council’s Registrar to acknowledge their letter to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. B. C. E. Egboka, he informed that Nnamdi Azikiwe University is already working in accordance with its submission and the Council’s recommendations.

I assure you that we are already working in accordance with our submission and your recommendations.  We shall continue to maintain high standards in our medical programme in compliance with the requirements of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria”, the Registrar assured.


Mr. Dadson JonNwankalo, Chairman/CEO DCS 1 Consulting-knowledge Engineers and his family congratulate the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Boniface C. E. Egboka on his two years in office.  He prayed that the Almighty God shall continue to give him Solomon’s Wisdom to pilot the affairs of the Igbo pride University.


As Nnamdi Azikiwe University Community continues to savour the two years of academic, administrative and human development achievements of the present administration led by Prof. Boniface Egboka, more messages of goodwill are still pouring in.

Recently, the Head, Department of Public and Private Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy, Dr. Carol Arinze-Umobi felicitates with Prof. Boniface C. E. Egboka for his successful, productive and focused two years in office as the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Dame Arinze-Umobi described the Vice-Chancellor as the one who restored the dignity of persons in the University, restored love, affection, unity and harmony, lifted the plight of the downtrodden, upheld and still upholds the Rule of Law and not Rule of Force in the University.

She urged him to keep up and prayed God to grant him more fruitful years in office.

“Shun Cultism, Read Hard and make good grades” VC urges Students
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of all times, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy, Prof. Boniface C. E. Egboka has urged students of the institution to shun cultism, violence, exam malpractice and read hard to make good grades in exams, for better opportunities in future.

Prof. Egboka said this during the Opening Ceremony of the Students’ Union Week, on the 13th of June, 2011 at the Univeristy Auditorium.

While addressing the students, the VC mentioned some qualities that are necessary for positive output of a student, namely; ardent reading, time-consciousness, discipline, decent dressing, record keeping of notes and fees paid, attendance to lectures, among others.

Speaking on the philosophy of his administration, he said right from his assumption of office, both as acting and substantive VC, he made known his philosophy, as student-centred.  The import of such policy has provided an enabling environment to facilitate the graduation of every serious-minded student.

According to him, his administration has zero tolerance for vices like examination malpractice, improper dressing and cultism.  He said cultists neglect their studies, indulge in self injurious practices, robberies and other devious actions that most times pose serious threats to other law abiding students.  Hence, his administration deals severely with proven cultists.

Prof. Egboka enumerated the infrastructural development projects of his administration, while urging the students to help in bringing investors to donate structures to the University.

Also, the Vice-Chancellor tasked the students to pick up additional skills at the Chike Okli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Microsoft Academy and the Confucius Institute, where they can learn Chinese Language and Culture, as it would multiply opportunities for them in future.

Going further on grievance /disciplinary procedure of his administration, he said the fundamental plan of his administration is that of being in loco parentis, i.e. (standing as the parents), hence, he is bound to lend a listening ear to students complaints/grievances, and take remedial action appropriately.

The Dean, Student Affairs, Prof. Au. Nnonyelu, said the students were privileged to be students of UNIZIK as Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy is next to nothing, with a conducive learning environment because it has a VC who has his philosophy centred on students as the corner stone of his administration.  He advised them to work hard for better grades

He commended the VC for all he has been doing for the students, and implored the students to be proud of him.

During his remark, the SUG President, Comrade Onyinye Umejiburu called on the students to give a standing ovation to the VC, because he has always given a listening ear to their problems. He encouraged them to ask questions as it was an interactive session with the VC.

There were questions from the students on the challenges they were facing, like, accommodation, extension of the examination date, high-handedness of the Security Unit, foreign students application for admission into Diploma Programmes, and late release of results by some lecturers.

There was a comedy show by the Vice-Chancellor and the students which entertained the crowd. The Vice-Chancellor was led by the SUG President to commission three buses donated by the Students’ Union Government in collaboration with a Japanese company for the University.

Present for the occasion also were, the DVC (Administration), Prof. Benchuks Okeke, Dean, Faculty of Law, Prof. Kenneth Nwogu, P. A. to the VC, Mr. Kizito Okonkwo.

Globacom seeks to identify with Nnamdi Azikiwe University

One of the Nigerian multinational Telecommuni-cation Companies, Globacom Limited has indicated interest to identify with the “University of the Moment”, Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

The plea came during a visit from a Globacom Limited delegation to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Boniface C. E. Egboka on the 9th of June, 2011.

They were led by the Business Director (Eastern Region), Mr. Offor Augustus-Ndu.  Others in the group were the Anambra State Regional Manager, Mr. Joel Nwanze, Heads, Marketing, Eastern Territory, Ize Igiehon, Taiwo Adetona, Manager, Glo World, Monday Akpan, Branding Manager, Robinson Nwafor.

Welcoming them to his office, the Vice-Chancellor said that Globacom is a well-known company in the world, and he is one of its users.

Prof. Egboka said Nnamdi Azikiwe University is as good as any other in the world; a reliable institution with disciplined staff and hardworking, brilliant students.  The University, he said, is linked to many universities in the world, is big and large, and can be used to market ideas.

Speaking on the interest of identifying with UNIZIK by Globacom, the VC said the company did not make any mistake in indicating its interest, as UNIZIK is a virgin land for investments.

According to him, UNIZIK can measure with many universities because it has never failed in any accreditation and the recent ranking by National Universities Commission (NUC) had shown Nnamdi Azikiwe as one of the three best Federal Universities in the country, hence, it would be used as a benchmark for others.  Finally, he commended the Globacom Limited Staff on their good and efficient network.

While speaking earlier, the Dean, Student Affairs’, Prof. Au Nnonyelu, who came in the company of the delegates, the SUG President, Comrade Onyinye Umejiburu and his team, said the SUG in their quest to make their week a lively one, and satisfy the hunger of the Tele-communication Company, to identify with UNIZIK, they brought the delegates to see the Vice-Chancellor and also inform him that Globacom would sponsor the students.

He also said that great artiste would be brought to mark the student’s week.

Commending the VC, Prof. Nnonyelu defined him as very outstanding in academics and administration, a friend of staff and students, whose mien has attracted many individuals and corporate bodies to the University and hoped that Globacom Limited would be one of them.

The Head of the Globacom six-man team, Mr. Offor Augustus-Ndu who spoke earlier said they come to identify and felicitate with the VC on his two years in office had with UNIZIK as a whole.

According to him, what they intend to start with UNIZIK is first of its kind in the eastern region.  He said they have been sponsoring festivals and now they want to begin with academics and UNIZIK was chosen because of its outstanding qualities.

However, he hoped that the partnering would be a two-way thing because in identifying with UNIZIK, they are encouraging the staff and students of the University to use the network.


There will be a meeting of the Ceremonials/Convocation Committee scheduled to take place as follows:

Date:      Thursday, 16th June, 2011

Time:      11.00 a.m. prompt

Venue:     Council Chamber

Please endeavour to be in attendance and be punctual.

Enrolment of Federal Government Retirees

There will be an enrolment of Federal Government Employees scheduled for retirement between January and December, 2012 under the contributory pension scheme.

According to a letter from the Bursar, Pensions Unit signed by Jeff-Anyeneh S. E., the enrolment exercise will also cover employees who have already retired under the new pension scheme but have not been enrolled by the commission.

Venue:    Main Hall, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu Campus
        21st-29th June, 2011

UNIZIK Retirees between January, 2012 to DECEMBER, 2012





Aham Grace Ndiri



Anuchogu Godson Uzoma



Akamelu Edwin N.



Akusoba Veronica Chinyelu



Anagor Obiegeli Priscilia



Ani Michael Maduabuchi



Anyadioha Mbanusi Linus



Arinze Kanayo Ikechukwu



Chief Margrette Nneka



Dike Ifedioranma N.



Ebenebe Roseline Chinwoke



Eboatu Augustine Nnalue



Emenike Joseph Okolo



Ezekwesili Roland Nnadozie



Izuora Rosemary A.



Jideobi Peter Udegbu



Madu Emeka Jude



Madueke Joseph Osita



Mogbo Ogonna Maduka



Moghalu Daniel Fred



Nnadozie Joseph C.



Nwazor Joseph Chukwudi



Nweke Ijeamaka Justina



Nwogbo Reuben Anyiudeozo



Nwoka David Bibua



Nzedugha Ernest



Nzeagwu Nkoli Virginia



Obi Obianamma Grace



Obidinso Gregory Anayo



Ogbudinkpa Michael Ifeanyi



Okafor Mary-Rose Nwogbo



Okereke Okechukwu A.



Okonkwo John Emen



Okoye Alexander



Okoye Chris Frances



Okoye Innocent



Umego Marius Nnanna



Umerie Godfrey Chukwuemeka



Onuorah Emmanuel N.



Okoli Victoria



Dr. Nebuwa Ikechukwu John



Dr. Angelina U. Okoye



Onuorah Okey



Igwe Levi O.



Enemchukwu E. S.



Esther Okoye Unatu



Arinze Innocent


 A call for Igbo Articles

Fides Newspaper calls for articles written in Igbo Language from the public.  Note that:

(a)   The minimum number of words should be about five hundred words and must be typed.

(b)   All articles must be about Igbo Culture/Language.

(c)    Inclusion of relevant pictures of cultural insignia, elements and symbols.

(d)   Adverts, information and goodwill messages to be published in Igbo Language.

All articles must be forwarded to:  Fides Communications Center, Okpuno, Awka or E-mail to: Richploughman@yahoo.com or info@igboniile.com or Fidesnigeria@yahoo.com.  Address to: Fides Correspondence, P. O. Box, 62 Amawbia, Awka South L. G. A., Anambra State.

Hypertension and Diabetes

Hypertension or High Blood Pressure has many serious consequences, especially for people with diabetes.  Both Hypertension and diabetes are common among older persons.

Usually, unless the blood pressure is very high, there are no symptoms of hypertension; so many people do not know that they have it.

Untreated hypertension has a high risk of causing complications such as stroke, irregular heart rhythm, heart failure, and kidney disease.

People with diabetes have higher risks of death at a younger age, disability, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.  Those with diabetes and hypertension have even a higher risk of developing these serious problems.  Like diabetes, there is no cure for more types of hypertension, but it can be controlled.  Lifestyle changes such as keeping to a low salt diet and exercising help control hypertension, also adhering to medication.

Diagnosing Hypertension
Since hypertension usually has no symptoms, measuring blood pressure is the only way to diagnose it.

Blood pressure level is expressed by two members, such as 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury).  The ideal blood pressure for people with diabetes is 130/80mmHg or lower.  The top member is the systolic pressure (the pressure created when the heart muscle contracts). The bottom member is the diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes between beats).

For older people, medical experts might decide that a goal of 140/80 is better at least at first.  If the patient reaches this goal and still feels well, then a new goal of 130/80 could be set.  For older persons with both diabetes and high blood pressure, it could take two or more medication to bring the blood pressure into a safer range.

Blood pressure needs to be lowered slowly over time, especially in older people.  Making a big change in one’s blood pressure in short period of time can cause other side effects.  When there are increases in medications to get the blood pressure under control, it is important that a medical expert monitors carefully.

Complications of Diabetes and Hypertension
Heart and Blood Vessel Disease (Cardiovascular Disease)

Kidney Disease



How to Manage Hypertension

Managing hypertension is much like managing diabetes.  The first lines of treatment for hypertension are lifestyle changes, such as:

Losing weight
Eating healthy, low-fat, low-sodium (salt) diet

Exercising regularly, such as walking

Limiting alcohol intake

Not smoking

Reducing stress

Taking medication as prescribed by medical experts.

Security Unit assures students of Safety in the on-going SUG Week

The Security Department has assured the student population of UNIZIK that adequate security has been provided for a smooth conduct of the on-going SUG Week.

The assurance was given by the Acting Chief Security Officer, Mr. Okeke Lawrence during a Security meeting held on Monday, 13th June, 2011. He advised the students to conduct themselves properly stating that SUG Week is a very important event in the students’ academic calendar, promising them of the highest co-operation from the Security Department.

Security unit elects officers
The Security Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy has elected its welfare executive to run the affairs of the welfare association for the next two years.  The election which was peacefully conducted in the strictest democratic principles saw the following officers elected through majority votes:
Patron                   -    Okeke Lawrence (CSO)
Chairman               -    Anike Angela (PSO)

Vice-Chairman        -    Onyenwuzo Emeka (PSO)

Secretary                -    Nwagbo Samuel (SO)

Asst.-Secretary        -    Eric Ekunife (APS)

Fin. Secretary         -    Agu Chibuike (SO)

Treasure               -    Ikeora Obioma (SO)

Provost                -    Arinze Victor (SO)

Asst. Provost         -    Esther Madubo (PS)

D. O. S.               -    Anyaegbunam Pascal (SO)

Asst. D. O. S.        -    Odike Maduka (APS)

UNIZIK Security Unit set for UTME

The Security Department, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeristy, Awka has advised the entire Univeristy Community to observe the restrictions placed on all the entrances to the University during the forthcoming UTME coming up on Saturday, 18th June, 2011.

The Department warned that all movement into the Univeristy is only for the UTME candidates and all other staff on essential duties.  The restriction order begins by 6.00 a.m. and ends by 6.00 p.m.

The essence of the restriction is to have a free and smooth examination, warning all students to shun the temptation to impersonate or engage in illegal examination misconduct stating that offenders would be dealt with in accordance with the laid down punitive measures.

faculty-based MBA Programme soon to begin in the Faculty of Management Sciences

MBA Programme which has been running at the departmental level in the Faculty of Management Sciences will now be run at the Faculty level, following the NUC recommendation.

This information came from the Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. P. C. I. Onwuchekwa, during his visit with the staff of the Faculty to the Vice-Chancellor, on the 10th of June, 2011.

The reason for the visit was to discuss the preparation on the authentication of the MBA Programme by NUC on the establishment of Business School in UNIZIK, and space allocation for the Programme.

Speaking during the visit, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Boniface C. E. Egboka said the MBA Programme is a central bank programme and there is need for the Faculty to organise themselves before the arrival of the NUC delegate, who would come for the authentication this year, and make it a success as UNIZIK has never failed in this regard.

Concerning the Business School in UNIZIK, Prof. Egboka said the Faculty of Management Sciences should present the issue to Senate for approval and also promised that office spaces would be made available.

The Dean of the Faculty said all hands would be on deck to ensure that the authentication comes out successfully.

Faculty of Education Team wins 2011 Ernwaca Grants Award
The team of researchers being mentored by Prof. Lilian-Rita Akudolu is one of the two research teams from Nigeria that received the 2011 Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA) grants programme for Educational Research.  Out of ninety (90) proposals received by ERNWACA from different institutions in West and Central Africa, only 25 proposals were successful and that includes the one submitted by this team from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.  The members of the research team are:
Prof. Lilian-Rita Akudolu (Project Mentor)
Ewelum N. Johnson, (Lecturer)

Asiegbu, C. Emmanuel, (Lecturer)

Obike, O. Edna, (Doctoral Student) and

Okeke, O. Juliet, (Postgraduate Diploma Student)

ERNWACA aims to strengthen links with universities, institutions, national and regional research, capacity building for individual researchers and also to enable young researchers to produce quality scientific research in order to improve educational policies and practices in countries in West and Central Africa.  In this regard, the recipients of the 2011 ERNWACa grants will participate at a regional training workshop on Research Methodology and Scholarly Writing which will take place in Bamako, Mali, 27th to 30th June, 2011.

Prof. Charles Esimone to attend International Deans’ Course in Germany

The Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prof. Charles Esimone is among the thirty (30) selected from Africa to participate in the International Deans’ Course 2011/2012.  The first part of the course begins from 19th June to July, 2011.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the University of Applied Sciences Osuabruck, the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Centre of higher Education Development (CHE) in cooperation with the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) are jointly organizing the International Deans’ Course.

This intensive training course is part of the DIES Programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which has been jointly coordinated by DAAD and HRK.

The Nigerian stock exchange annual national essay competition 2011

The Nigerian Stock Exchange Annual National Essay Competition is here again for tertiary and secondary institutions.  Topics: 

For Tertiary Institutions

(1)        What is Demutualization?

(2)        How can it contribute to the development of the Stock Market in Nigeria?

Cash prizes for the competition:
1st Prize             -           N150,000.00

      2nd Prize           -           N120,000.00

      3rd Prize           -           N100,000.00

Consolation Prizes

10 Runner-up                -           N75,000.00 (each

37 Zonal Winners          -           N50,000.00 (each)

For Secondary Institutions:

(1)           Who are the Capital Market Operators?

(2)           Discuss the functions of any three operators

Cash Prizes for the Competition:

      1st Prize             -           N120,000.00

      2nd Prize           -           N100,000.00

      3rd Prize           -           N80,000.00

Consolation Prizes

10 Runners-up   -           N60,000.00 (each

37 Zonal Winners          -           N40,000.00 (each)

Only one entry per person is allowed

The Nigerian Stock Exchange Panel of judges’ Decision shall be final

All entries must be accompanied with the competitors form

The competition is open to SS1, SS2, SS3, and Tertiary Institutions only.

All entries must reach any of the listed address on or before Friday July 29th, 2011.


All national winners are entitled to a certificate and plaque

1st winner Institutions shall receive a trophy each

10 Runners-up shall receive consolation prizes

37 zonal winners representing each state/Abuja shall receive consolation prizes.

76 winner essays will be published in some National Dailies

Entry forms are available at the Nigerian Stock Exchange Branches, all Secondary and Tertiary Institutions, as well as our website: www.nigerianstockexchange.com or any branch of: First Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank and also at the Records Unit of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.







Blessing Ike

Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agulu

June 20th


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