Written by Godfrey AKON

NUC approves PhD programmes for Veritas University

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has granted approval to Veritas University, Abuja to commence PhD programmes in Political Science and Economics.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Hyancinth Ichoku, who disclosed this in Abuja at a press briefing to mark the university’s first inaugural lecture, said the programmes would commence in the 2019/2020 academic session, adding that the university has started admissions into the programmes.

Ichoku also disclosed that the institution currently runs postgraduate programmes in several of its departments including MSc in accounting, microbiology, biochemistry, political science, economics and several others.

“This year we are beginning our PhD programmes in Political Science and Economics. So we are also admitting for the first time in Veritas’ history, candidates into the PhD programmes. We have already gotten the NUC approval for these programmes. It is a sign that Veritas is maturing as a young university,” he said.

Speaking on the inaugural lecture, Ickoku lauded the academic profile of Prof Bassey Egbe, the Inaugural Lecturer, describing him as a man the university is proud of since he joined the institution in 2009 and rose through the ranks to become a professor.

“We are celebrating this man who has been part of the story of Veritas. Since 2009 when he joined Veritas and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Veritas University.

“This is the time for us to celebrate the making of the first professor from Veritas University and we want to showcase him to the Nigerian people and to showcase Veritas University to say that we have come of age,” he said.

According to him, since it was established in 2008 and moved over to the Abuja campus in 2014, the university has not had an inaugural lecture, adding that the lecture indicates that the university was maturing.

In his remarks, the Inaugural Lecturer, Prof Egbe called on examination bodies in the country to start examining students in Nigerian English rather than the Queen's English which is non-existent.

The professor English said the lecture would expose the plurality of English languages, stating that no one owns any language except those who speak the language, therefore no one owns English Except those who speak it.

He maintained that no one has the prerogative or the birth right to determine what is good or bad English, adding that what we speak in Nigeria as Nigerian English is not inferior to any brand of English anywhere in the world.

He stretched his argument further to state that Nigerian standard of English cannot be drawn from British or American English as no language is inferior to another language.

“No language is inferior to another language and every language is sufficient for those who use it for whatever they want to use the language for.

“And so in this lecture, we are going to make the point that the concept of new Englishes has created the plurality of the English language to the extent that we can no longer talk about ‘the English Language’.

“What we need is to have the appropriate literacy to appropriate the English we use whether in school or at home for living and for learning. What is important for us in Nigeria is to develop that English and use it for the purpose we want to use it for and no longer to see English as a colonial language but as a language of its own rights,” he said.

Egbe also noted that the Pidgeon English spoken in Nigeria is not gutter language as wrongly perceived but actually an acceptable language by all standards.

His postulations challenge the originality of English Language and ownership of its standards, arguing that the language has become more diverse and internationalised than its primary sources can own.


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