Professor Ndowa Lale has emerged as the new Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
At the investiture ceremony, the 8th Vice Chancellor called for collaboration among stakeholders of the university to ensure that the university ranks amongst the top institutions of the country for academic pursuit.
Professor Ndowa Lale promised to actualize of the dreams of the founding fathers of the institution. He noted that he would promote a robust welfare scheme, quality scholarship and guarantee staff and students discipline in the school.
According to the Vanguard, a Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, (D.Sc) Honoris causa was conferred on Mr Herbert Wigwe, Chairman of Access bank, (UK) limited who is also a board member Nigerian Mortgage Refinance company.
The immediate past Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ajienka in his address, said as the 7th Vice Chancellor, he ensured the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through creativity and innovation which brought forth rich intellectual harvest
He recalled that he pioneered the establishment of the office of Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Development in the country, thus laying a firm foundation for quality scholarship.
He added that the university rose to become the centre of excellence for oil field chemical research, adding that the university was the first Nigerian partner institution with the African Virtual University, AVU, a move he said led to the establishment of an international open, distance e-learning, ODeL centre.
He concluded by calling for support for the growth of the institution from all her Alumni and friends said the university,which is 40 years, has become a beehive of activities