Ritman University (RU) proffered solutions to unethical practices currently plaguing the nation’s justice delivery system during its Fourth Public Lecture delivered by Prof Nsongurua Udombana on Restoring Public Confidence in the Nigerian Judiciary. Event was chaired by former Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, Justice Idongesit Ntem Isua on Friday 12 April 2019.
Vice Chancellor Celestine Ntuen in his welcome address announced that RU – in addition to earning accreditation for all its academic programmes – has received full license to operate as a private university. He said RU public lecture topics are selected from emerging and controversial issues to engage the community in open discussions and bring about ideas for development.
Udombana, a Professor of International Law at Babcock University, asserted that people who sit in the hallowed Temple of Justice are expected to live on a higher moral level than the society they seek to preserve. In his words, “Judicial independence assumes that those who sit in the Temple of Justice know the truth; are guided by reason; and are of unquestionable integrity” and that judges are assumed to be free of pride, envy, avarice and possess capacity to act out of duty, which enables them to transcend the worldly impulses or passions that affect our sentiments and tempt us into excesses.
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Erstwhile Visiting Professor of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Akaneren Essien, says Ritman University (RU) is rated by the NUC as being “in good standing”.
Prof Essien, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, remarked that RU has recorded huge successes in its academic programmes and the recent NUC accreditation exercise in which it received approval for all the 14 programmes offered.
Matriculating students of RU were urged to dream of inventing works that can transform society in the mould of Facebook, Google, Samsung or Microsoft. Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Celestine Ntuen, gave this charge during his speech at RU’s 4th Matriculation ceremony held in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State on Friday 22 March 2019.
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Trainers under the auspices of Google Digital Skills for Africa initiative have taught Ritman University students opportunities available on the internet for learning, staying safe online, getting employed and starting businesses.
The training session, facilitated by Konverge Media, held on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at the RU College Auditorium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State in furtherance of Google’s vision to inculcate digital skills in 10 million Africans within the next five years.
Digital Skills Trainer, Okoli Benjamin, explained that the World Wide Web is just one of the major services running on the internet, others including: email, instant messaging, multiplayer games and the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service. A website, he defined, is a collection of web pages that are grouped together under the same domain (domain being the space rented to host a website). Differentiating between a browser and search engine, he said search engine is a special kind of website that helps users find web pages from other websites, while a browser is a piece of software that retrieves and displays web pages. Examples of search engine are Google, Bing etc.
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As part of a staff capacity building series at Ritman University, Prof. Comfort Ekpo – erstwhile Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo – has lectured as guest in an Effective Teaching Workshop on Tuesday 26 February 2019.
Ekpo explained that effectiveness in teaching entails an organized interaction in which objectives are clearly stated to meet learner’s expectation, learner’s interest is aroused and sustained, comprehension is aided, classroom management is enabled, peer learning is visible, variety of teaching and learning styles are productively employed, and visualization as well as practical learning experiences are aided.
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The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has donated 184 reading materials to Ritman University Accounting Laboratory. This coincided with the celebration of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) by the Faculty of Humanities on Thursday 21 February 2019.
The gifts were presented by Chairman of ICAN Uyo and District Society, Mr Eteyen Ikpong. Vice Chancellor of RU, Prof Celestine Ntuen, said his university wants to produce Accounting graduates who have moral, ethical responsibility, are resilient, have a knack for accuracy and can produce reliable financial reports. Commending ICAN for these donations, he said the books would pave pathways for student’s success, just as ICAN members are offering intellectual inputs as lecturers to RU undergraduates.
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Reginald Washington felt at home in Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, except for his being grilled over the phone while trying to retrieve money from his USA bank accounts. “My credit card can’t work in Nigeria. My bank can’t send me money because I’m in Nigeria. Yet this country has gold, diamonds, oil, countless resources. They make huge money from Nigeria, but won’t do business here. That’s unfair”, he averred.
He wants to change that situation by first reworking the minds of young people. That is what brought him to Ritman University (RU). Dr. Reginald Washington is founder, Kingdom of God Ministries International, California, USA and Kingdom Ambassadors for Christ Nigeria.
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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited all academic programmes of Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene.
This endorsement came because the commission is satisfied with the quality of staff, equipment, infrastructure and academic standards at the university, located in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
In result sheets signed 17 January 2019 on behalf of the NUC Executive Secretary by Dr N. B. Saliu, Director of Accreditation, the three-year-old university had all its fourteen degree programmes accredited. The programmes include Accounting, Banking and Finance, Management, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, English Language, History and International Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, Political Science as well as Sociology.
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