By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
A 100-level student of Salem University (SU), Lokoja, Kogi StateÂ has emerged one of the best three students in an essay competition.
This revelation was made at the recently concluded Annual Conference of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) which held at the Osun State University, Osogbo.
The winner from the young university is Mr. Jonathan Adejoh whose essay won him the administration of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities present at the event.
The other two winners, out of over 140 university students from across the country who participated in the competition, are in 300 level and 400 level. The three brilliant winners went home with mouth-watering gifts during the presentation of awards at the Osun State University, Osogbo.
While congratulating the three winners, the vice chancellors unanimously agreed that the winners of the maiden event should be involved in subsequent AV CNU conferences, adding that they should form a group that will be at the vanguard of the on-going efforts at instilling leadership qualities in the nationâ€™s undergraduates.
In a related development, SU has recruited a US-based expert in curriculum development in order to boost its delivery of educational excellence. He is Prof. Olivet Jaguash.
Prof. Jaguash, who has spent 17 years working in the United States, brings to SU a wealth of experience in curriculum foundations, leadership and organisational management, applied management, decision sciences and technology integration.
According to the Vice Chancellor of SU, Prof. Paul Omaji, the assignment of Prof. Jaguash, among other responsibilities, â€œis to deploy curriculum transformation and 21st century learning styles in the raising of our global leaders.â€
While accepting the appointment, Jaguash said â€œThe (Universityâ€™s) vision, mission and sentiment of making many mighty in the challenging Nigerian context is a clear spiritual and transformative leadership approach based on the sainthood of all believers, (and they) cohere with my educational and leadership orientation and God assigned call on my life.
â€œI therefore know that I am joining a team that share my hopes and concern for a great Nigeria
that ought to be sending out its best to the rest of the world. A hope once delayed, but hopefully, with institutions like Salem University, with transformative rather than transactional orientation, coming on stage, our independent narrative will hopefully be re-activated.â€