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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Intelligent, well-behaved, organized, disciplined: that’s how the English Language teacher describes Prestige Mfoniso Archibong – winner of two Gold Medals in Scrabble at the 4th National Youth Games.
She is his favourite teacher: her name is Mrs Charity Michael and she is certain the ten-year-old will grow up into greatness. Prestige believes that much. Speaking with News Agency of Nigeria after his win on Thursday 13 September 2018, Prestige enthused: “One day, I know I will become a world champion in Scrabble. God will do it for me to achieve my dream”. He said the God who helps him to win will never fail.
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Professor Celestine Ntuen was disappointed to find the equivalent of an OND holder as Chief Engineering Supervisor for a major drainage work in Ibeno Beach, Akwa Ibom State. His inquiry revealed that the supervisor’s qualification for that job was being an American trained for two years in Civil Engineering Technology at a USA technical college. Could he have been that lucky if he were a Nigerian and holder of a polytechnic ordinary diploma? The professor said he was ashamed of his country at that moment because undiscerning reliance on foreign hands does not happen in advanced countries that believe in developing their intellectual capital. The scenario rekindled his passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Ntuen is Vice Chancellor of Ritman University in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State and Fellow of USA Institute of Industrial Engineers. He believes in STEM as bedrock for development, and an adaptive education that meets technological and economic needs of the nation. At every opportunity, he harps on an urgent need to re-engineer Nigeria’s educational system and organize it for productivity with STEM as indispensable ingredient. He frowns at a situation in which Science books written many years ago are still being used as school texts, while lecturers would rather force students to buy photocopied pages of expired books than break grounds with researches of their own. The scholar advocates that curricula, pedagogy methods and texts should change periodically to suit changes in our social and economic environment: this he calls Adaptive Education.
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The Vice Chancellor, Prof Celestine Ntuen, has inaugurated Ritman University Sports Committee with a charge to make sports in RU attractive and lucrative.
Acting Director of Sports, Mr Oliver Akpan, said the objectives of sporting activities on campus are to engender spirit of leadership and followership, teach students to live together in harmony, inculcate habit of fair play in victory or defeat, and encourage team work in all situations.
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Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene is stepping up campaigns against drug and substance abuse to dissuade would-be addicts. An information session, facilitated by Transformations, a drug & alcohol abuse advocacy group, warned undergraduates to shun substance abuse because negative effects always outweigh perceived benefits of illicit drug-taking.
Wilfred Obaalologhi, a member of the National Youth Service Corps who serves at Ritman University, while speaking on “Understanding Drug & Substance Abuse: The Virus Within”, defined drug/substance abuse as “the deliberate use of medically useful drugs which have the capacity to alter mood and behaviour without the benefit of a prescription”. Cocaine, tramadol, Indian hemp and alcohol were cited as some of the commonly abused drugs which have profound impact on neurochemical balance in the brain and directly affect how one feels and acts.
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To discover possibilities of wealth creation through agriculture, students of Ritman University (RU), Ikot Ekpene have taken a field trip to a farm where thousands of cocoa plants are nursed to feed a burgeoning food and beverage industry.
Undergraduates from different disciplines under auspices of the university’s Entrepreneurship Club had this learning experience on Thursday 21st June, 2018 at Aqwacoco Enterprise’s cocoa nursery in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State and returned brimming with ideas about realizing RU vision of making its graduates entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
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