Pls join me to thank the Almighty. By His grace, mercy and faithfulness, I am a year older today.- Prof. Ikelegbe, Vice Chancellor, Western Delta University.
A Message from the Vice Chancellor
Western Delta University holds Christmas Carol
Western Delta University recently held her Christmas carol. Staff and students of the institution converged at the main auditorium, venue of the event. There were songs, recitations and prayers.
Resident Doctors Organize Health programme
Recently, Resident Doctors in Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Delta State visited Western Delta University for a medical outreach. The team highlighted the need for students to avoid drug abuse. Abusing drugs involve excessive taking of drugs for non-medical reasons. This situation can damage the health of the abuser. Students were also encouraged to engage in entrepreneurship. They have to come up with ideas that are capable of serving the needs of others, thus making money in return. Attendees were admonished to have mentors who will serve as their role models in life. That way, they can discern how to handle a situation that goes beyond their abilities, with the assistance of their mentors.
Western Delta University Distributes Free Internet Services On Campus
Staff and students of Western Delta University now have free internet access. They can browse the internet without charge. With this arrangement, Staff of the institution get 10 gigabyte of data monthly, while students are assigned 5 gigabyte every month.
Western Delta University Gets National Universities Commission’s Approval For College of Computing
The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of the College of Computing. The College has the following four programmes: Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Information and Communication Technology, and Computer Science. Thanks to the Vice Chancellor (Professor Augustine Ikelegbe), distinguished Professor Emmanuel Onibere, Dr. (Mrs) I.O. Ejinkonye and all staff of the college for their efforts.
Western Delta University Organizes a Colloquium
Participation is free of charge but registration is required @
For Inquiries: Contact Prof. Nathaniel Umukoro
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Council on Legal Education visits Western Delta University
The Council on Legal Education in Nigeria visited Western Delta University on Thursday 8th September, 2022 for accreditation of programs offered in the College of Law.
Symposium on the Realities of Life After Graduation
Western Delta University, Oghara, recently held a symposium on facing the Realities of Life after Graduation. In his Opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe said India was a poor country in the 1970’s, but as at today, that Asian country is an industrialized nation, considering her exploits in various sectors of the economy, ranging from Medicine, Engineering, to Information Technology. He maintained that education got them to where they are. In his views, the world now rewards ideas and entrepreneurial skills. A good education should train students to be creative, dynamic and key into the use of the internet. He urged graduates to delve into entrepreneurship.
Thereafter, four (4) speakers took turns to deliver the symposium. Prof. Nathaniel Umukoro of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Western Delta University presented the first part. He laid emphasis on pursuing post graduate degrees after graduation and venturing into research. He said those with good first degree, can search for DAAD scholarship in Germany, Common Wealth scholarship in the United Kingdom, just to mention but a few. Such graduate programs are tuition free, with opportunities for part time work and post graduate work permit. He harped on the need for the graduates to network online, access and share such opportunities with each other.
Mr. Kehinde, a Senior Deputy Director, Information and Communication Technology Unit, University of Benin spoke on the relevance of hard and soft skills, irrespective of a person’s course of study. He was of the view that graduates should acquire professional skills in their discipline. In addition, they should obtain soft skills like communication, team playing, problem solving, curiosity, empathy and time management. For those who studied computer science, he encouraged them to choose an area of specialization such as: Computer networking, website development, database administration and machine learning. They should get training in these areas and obtain certification.
The third part of the Symposium was given by Honorable Walter Bayo, Chief Executive Officer of Aroma Foodland, Sapele. He is an alumnus of Western Delta University. In order to create business opportunities, the presenter said graduates should be creative, dynamic, disciplined and learn to do things differently. They should have passion for their business and make friends.
The final segment of the symposium saw Mr. Andrew Obioroma, Managing Director of Obioroma Group of Company advising the graduates on the way forward. He is also a graduate of Western Delta University. He persuaded them to learn skills that they have passion for and sell such skills to others in exchange for money. He advised them to look at their environment in search for services that people need and offer same. The event was attended by Lecturers, Staff and students of the Institution.
WESTERN DELTA UNIVERSITY GETS A NEW PRO-CHANCELLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF COUNCIL
Professor Eghosa Emmanuel Osaghae
A new Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council has been appointed after Emeritus Professor Andrew Onokherhoraye stepped down from the position following a distinguished period of service spanning from the foundation of the University in 2007 till July 2022. The new Pro-Chancellor is Eghosa E. Osaghae, a distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University Ibadan and current Director-General of Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos. He was Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria’s premier private University, for a record fourteen years (2004-2018). He is expected to use his wealth of experience as a seasoned administrator at Igbinedion University, Okada and NIIA to contribute to the transformation of Western Delta University, Oghara.
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE NEW PRO-CHANCELLOR
Eghosa E. Osaghae holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ibadan (1986), where he is a Professor of Political Science. He was appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in March 2021, and was most recently Vice Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Okada, a position he held for a record fourteen years (2004-2018).
Professor Osaghae was the 2019 Claude Ake Chair at Uppsala University and Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden, and a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies in South Africa. He was the 2017 Van Zyl Slabbert Professor of Politics and Sociology at the University of Cape Town and the 2014 Emeka Anyaoku Chair of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London. His Anyaoku Chair Inaugural Lecture, A State of Our Own: Second Independence, Federalism and the Decolonisation of the State in Africa, in April 2014 became the first inaugural lecture by a Nigerian in the history of the University of London.
Before taking up an appointment at Okada, he was the Leader of the Ford Foundation-funded Programme on Ethnic and Federal Studies and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan. Between 1994 and 1998, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Transkei, South Africa.
He has also been a Visiting Professor/Fellow/Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Carter Centre of Emory University USA (1989), University of Liberia (1989/90), Salzburg Seminar, Austria (1993), University of Cape Town South Africa (1994), the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala Sweden (1994), University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (1999, 2000), Northwestern University USA (2002, 2004), University of Cambridge UK (2003), a number of universities and research institutes in India (2005, 2009), Dartmouth College USA (2005) and Yale University USA (2009).
He was a Rockefeller ‘Reflections on Development’ Fellow (1989/90) and was most recently a MacArthur Fellow. In 1996, he won the “Best Paper Award” at the Eighth annual conference of the International Association for Conflict Management in Helsignor, Denmark. Professor Osaghae also won the “Best Article Award for 2004” of the African Politics Conference Group – a coordinate group of the American Political Science Association, African Studies Association, and International Studies Association. The same article also won the 2004 Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Memorial Scholarship Award for the best article on Africa published in the Journal of Third World Studies.
Professor Osaghae served as Chair of the Panel on Quality Assurance Assessment, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 2011-2012, Chair of the Pan-African Working Group on “Building Institutional Effectiveness in Africa” hosted by the Institute for Global Dialogue (South Africa) and Federal Trust Fund (UK) between 2005 and 2006, UN Expert on Somalia (2010-2016), and has been a member of the Technical Advisory Panel and Network on Parliaments and Parliamentary Institutions of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Harare, Zimbabwe, since 2003.
Between 1998 and 2004, he was Africa’s representative on the Steering Committee of the Civil Society and Governance Project based at the IDS of the University of Sussex, UK, and between 2006 and 2010, was a member of the Centre Advisory Review Group, Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, which was based at the IDS, University of Sussex. He also served on the Steering Committee of the Consortium for Development Partnerships, a successful model of North-South intellectual collaboration that involved institutions from North America, Europe and Africa between 2005 and 2012.
Osaghae is a member of several learned societies and editorial boards. In 2002, he was Consultant to the African Development Bank’s Country Mission to Zambia and produced the country’s Governance Profile. Between 2001 and 2003, he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Political Affairs in Nigeria, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Development Forum. He has consulted for the USAID, DFID, UNDP, and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), and is Founder and Chair of the Governing Board of the Community Relations and Conflict Resolution Centre in Ibadan.
Professor Osaghae has published extensively on governance, state politics and globalization in books and journals, and attended over 300 conferences, workshops and seminars in different parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Amongst his books are Federal Character and Federalism in Nigeria (1989), which he edited with Professor Peter Ekeh, Between State and Civil Society in Africa (1994), Ethnicity, Class and State Power in Liberia (1995), Crippled Giant: Nigeria Since Independence (1998), Researching Conflict in Africa: Insights and Experiences (2005), a co-edited book published by the United Nations University Press, and Federal Solutions to State Failure in Africa (2020). In addition, he has published well over 150 articles in books and learned international journals.