The Committee of Provosts and Deans of Postgraduate Colleges and Schools in Nigerian Universities (CPDPGCS) has paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabiru Bala.
The visit was led by the Chairperson of the committee, Prof. Philomena K. Igbokwe, and it was part of activities to flag off the 61st meeting of the committee with the theme “Paradigm Shift in Delivery of Postgraduate Education and Research in Nigeria.”
The Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Ahmadu Bello University and Chairman LOC, Prof. S.A. Abdullahi, explained that ABU secured the hosting rights to the 61st meeting of the CPDPGCS, which was supposed to hold in 2022 but was postponed due to the prolonged ASUU strike.
As is customary, the committee had paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of the host University before the meeting commenced. The program, she said, would run from the 27th through to the 30th of April, 2023.
During the courtesy visit, Prof. Igbokwe expressed appreciation to ABU for hosting the event and applauded the warm reception they received.
She recounted her National Youth Service days and her first visit to ABU, saying she was looking forward to fully enjoying the sights and sounds of the famous ABU Zaria.
Responding, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kabiru Bala, challenged the committee to focus on research as a major driver for national development, especially in the area of power supply.
He noted that it was no longer sustainable for Nigerian universities to keep paying the exorbitant rates charged by DISCOs.
The Chairperson was in company of the CPDPGCS’s Vice-Chairperson, Prof. Mohammed D. Magaji; the Honorary Prof. Chiedu Mafiana; Treasurer, Prof. Chinwuba Arum; Internal Auditor, Prof. Imoh E. Umoinyang; and the Ex-Officio, Prof. Jonathan O. Babalola.
The 61st Meeting of the Committee of Provosts and Deans of Postgraduate Colleges and Schools promises to be an enlightening event, as stakeholders deliberate on the paradigm shift in the delivery of postgraduate education and research in Nigeria.
The event will bring together experts, scholars, and researchers from across the country to share ideas and proffer solutions to the challenges facing postgraduate education and research in Nigeria.