BY MUSBAUDEEN SHEKONI
The Littoral University community gathered recently at Shito Seme to commemorate the endorsement by the government of Republic of Benin for the school to kick off as a full fledge university system after several years of struggle to upgrade its status from the School of Part Time.
Offering a cross-border education, the university according to the Founder and Vice Chancellor Prof./ Rev. (Dr) Ayeni Oyebode, harbours a conglomeration of different nationals and is structured to contribute hugely and qualitatively to knowledge in the educational arrangement in the entire world through research carried out in uncompromising manner.
Speaking to Journalists recently during the celebration at Seme, the Vice Chancellor of the university, reiterated the sustained readiness of the institution to ardently groom all-rounded and competitive graduate who can meet the complex human resources needs of the current generation leaving behind heritable success for posterity and to cultivate Nigerians learning there while ensuring that the love and friendship between Nigerians and other nationals is neither jaundiced nor frustrated.
“Littoral University offers programmes in Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology among others, programmes are offered in: School of Arts, Communication and Languages under which there are: Mass Communication, Linguistics etc. Secondly, it is a School of Economics and Business Management. Other courses include, School of Law and Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Management and Diplomacy, Strategic Studies, Criminology etc.”
He noted that the School of Science and Technology, and School of Education were named after Bishop David Oyedepo.”
He disclosed that the university is currently making a move to affiliate with best private universities in Nigeria and in the US to catalyse the set goals and securing sustainability.”
On admission process,the VC explained that any interested Nigerian must have 5 credits, English and Mathematics inclusive and will have to pass the Aptitude Test. However, for other nationals, the requirements differ.
Thus, Nigerians coming will go through the usual protocols because in due process we are making moves to get accreditation from the NUC even as we are not centred in Nigeria, we still want to tag along the due processes because we are of integrity and credibility, we will follow the normal process so that our students can serve and will employable anywhere. Though the government of Benin has assured us that the certificate we are going to be giving will earn their stamp so that anywhere the students take the certificate to, they will be recognized.
When asked why he left the country to study at the Republic of Benin, Micheal Oluwasegun, who holds a degree in Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) and a 300-level, Banking and Finance, who is also the President Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the school told Vanguard Learning that, “ Apart from the exposure, another reasons that I left the country to study at Littoral University is that you have to struggle till you are frustrated before admission in Nigeria and Nigerians are fond of something, they honour an outside certificate at the expense of any other obtained in Nigeria so I decided to give myself an edge by obtaining an international certificate.”