Following a series of interventions from the Akwa Ibom State Government, 36 programmes offered by Akwa Ibom State University has been given full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The development was confirmed by the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Eno Ibanga, during the inauguration of the newly elected Student Union Executives and Parliamentarians, at the University campus, Wednesday.
It would be recalled that, before the emergence of Governor Udom Emmanuel, the NUC had visited the University on several occasions for resource verification and initial accreditation, and threatened to bar the University from further admitting students, citing non-availability of facilities and manpower as major shortcomings.
In July 2015, all programmes in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences were accredited, while some programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture and Engineering got theirs in 2016. Faculties of Education, Arts and Social and Management Sciences were accredited between 2017 and 2018.
As part of the present administration’s resolve to reposition the institution, the State Government recently released the sum of two hundred million naira, to facilitate accreditation of some programs in the faculty of Engineering, Education and Management Sciences.
The intervention saw to the repositioning of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering and Marine Engineering; with state of the art facilities, one of such being the Universal Testing Machine, available in only five institutions across the country, and the first in the South-South/East region.
Also, internal roads at Obio Akpa campus and its adjourning roads have been fixed by the Udom Emmanuel administration, to guarantee the free flow of traffic for academic and administrative activities within the Institution.
These and many more can be traced to why the University recorded an unprecedented rise in UTME applicants in 2018, with more than 20,000 vying for admission, double the size of what was obtainable as of 2015.
The massive transformation of the University in the past three years drew commendation from a team NUC officials, who recently visited for accreditation of some programs.
The team led by Professor Danjuma Gambo, in the company of Professor Nosa Owens Ibie and Sunny Udeze, hailed the University as the fastest growing State-owned Institution in the country, and praised the visitor to the University, Governor Udom Emmanuel, for his commitment towards repositioning the University