By Godfrey AKON
The University of Abuja, UniAbuja, has appointed an Associate Professor of Inter-Group Relations and Diplomatic History, Philip Afaha, as Director of its Institute for Legislative Studies.
In a statement, the university said Afaha, who is the immediate past Head of Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, takes over from Dr Shereef Ghali Ibrahim of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
Speaking shortly after his assumption of office, the Professor of Inter-Group Relations and Diplomatic History, said his desire is to reposition the institute to achieve its core mandate as a citadel of research and education in legislature.
“It cannot be denied that the legislature is the fulcrum of democracy. In setting up this institute, our University is responding to a need to deepen our democracy and move our legislative culture from debating to legislating solutions to national challenges.
“We intend to leaverage on our strategic position as a capital city university to achieve world-class impact. Already, scores of students some of whom are legislators, public servants and political office holders have enrolled for our bachelor’s, post graduate diplomas, and Masters programmes in legislative studies,” he said.
He noted that the university needs to expand in scope and contents as more Nigerians were beginning to subscribe to the vision of the institute.
“Indeed, if there’s an education that everyone needs most, it is the education on governance, and we’re ready to deliver,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has approved a 3-year academic calendar for the university.
Na’Allah said in a statement he personally signed that the academic calendar, which comes into effect immediately, is built on the university’s aspirations for a stable and sacrosanct calendar which allows enough time for lectures and for sufficient mid-session break for academic staff.
“This new Academic Calendar also introduces a Long Vacation Session where academic departments can rerun courses, especially GST courses, with a significant number of failures by students, to allow students another opportunity to re-take them before the next academic year.
“It is called Long Vacation Session and not “semester” because it is a session on its own within the academic year for rerun of some courses and NOT a third semester, since no new courses are offered and is not intended to shorten the number of years for regular students who generally pass their courses.
“Therefore, a student who has not offered and failed a course before would NOT be able to register for that course. The Long Vacation Session (LVS) would offer opportunities for students who have carried over some courses to try to pass them,” he said.