Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, also called UNIZIK or NAU in short is a federal university in Nigeria. It consists of two campuses in Anambra State.[4] Its main campus is in Awka (the capital of Anambra State), while its other campus is in Nnewi. There are also other campuses of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. These include Agulu in Aniocha local government area and Ifite-Ogwuari[5] in Ayamelum local government area in Anambra State.[6] This makes Nnamdi Azikiwe University to operate in the three Senatorial Districts in Anambra State, Nigeria having Awka campus, in Anambra Central Senatorial District, Nnewi in Anambra North Senatorial District and Ifite-Ogwuari in Anambra North Senatorial District, respectively. These campuses have libraries and information services that serve the students, academic and non-academic staff. It is one of the federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. The university is named after late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe.[4] The academic staff of the university belong to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The staff union is known to grant scholarship to indigent students just like other philanthropists.[7] It has a total population of about 34,000 students.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Former names
MottoDiscipline, Self Reliance and Excellence[1]
ChancellorDa Jacob Gyang Buba (Gbong Gwong Jos)
Vice-ChancellorCharles Esimone (from 4 June 2019)
6°14′34″N 7°07′06″E / 6.242889°N 7.118289°E / 6.242889; 7.118289
ColoursBlue and orange   
NicknameUnizik, NAU
AffiliationsAAU,[2] IAU[3]
Websitewww.unizik.edu.ng, [1]

History edit

Nnamdi Azikiwe University came into being as an offshoot of the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH).[8] ASUTECH which was established through Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the Government of the old Anambra that operated as a multi-campus university, with campuses in Abakiliki, Enugu, Awka and Nnewi. In 1991, following the split of the old Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former ASUTECH were constituted into Nnamdi Azikiwe University by the Anambra State Edict No.5 26 November 1991.[9] Nnamdi Azikiwe University was taken over by the Federal Government by Decree No. 34 on 15 July 1992.[10]

In 1991, after the former Anambra State was split into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) were combined into Nnamdi Azikiwe University, which was later taken over by Federal government.[11] The university is named after Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. The Awka Campus became Nnamdi Azikiwe University. In 1992, the Federal Government of Nigeria took over the university from Anambra State. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, thus, became a Federal University.[1]

Location edit

Nnamdi Azikiwe University administration building

The main campus of the university is located along Onitsha – Enugu Expressway, Awka, while the second campus is at Nnewi (NAUTH and Okofia) and the third campus is at Agulu (Faculty of Pharmacy).[4]

Library edit

The University Library in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria is named - Professor Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library.[12] It is located on the main campus at the permanent site in Awka, the capital of Anambra State. However, there are libraries on the other campuses in Nnewi and Agulu.[13] These libraries are managed by librarians and have internet availability and accessibility.[14] They have the sole responsibility of making information resources and facilities accessible to the students, staff, other institutions, and all the members of the academic community. The University library facilities are used for other activities by members of the academic community like cultural festivals. [15] In 2020, the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Charles Esimone upgraded the internet bandwidth to internet 3-STM-1 which improved the library and information access in Awka campus, Agulu campus and Nnewi Teaching hospital, respectively. [16]

The Medical Library in Nnewi Campus is for the College of Health Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. It is a connection of three libraries which are the Main Library the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, the Pre-Clinical Campus at Okofia also in Nnewi and the Diagnostic and Healthcare Centre at Neni in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. [17]

The medical library started operations with a small collection in 1986 when it was formerly Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) before the creation of the new Anambra State in 1991. It became a full medical library that serve medical students, teaching staff, medical and paramedical personnel, and other health practitioners in 1992 in a temporary building. The library was relocated in the year 2000 to a Medical Library Complex in the teaching hospital. Then, it had18,547 books and 568 journal titles which provided literature and other information-related resources. [17]

The library creates awareness, provides physical and e-resources and services to the users.[18] There are also provision of current awareness services, references, databases, reprographic services, Selective Dissemination of Information, Document Delivery Services, online customer services and document delivery services.[19] The Medical Library of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has benefitted from individuals and organizations who donated information resources. These have increased the collection of medical libraries. [17]

The libraries in Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Nnew and Agulu still face challenges in delivering effective and efficient services. These include, difficulty in accessing resources, computer hanging, erratic power supply, inadequate financial support and low ICT literacy.[19]

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) edit

ASUU is the umbrella that holds all the academic staff in the government universities in Nigeria. It has influence over the tertiary educational system in Nigeria.[20] However, the Unizik Chapter of the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) has been impacting indigent students' lives in ensuring that those students do not drop out of school. In 2019/2020 academic session, 30 indigent students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, were selected from different faculties in the university.[21] They benefited from N1.5million scholarship awards by the members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution. Each beneficiary was given N50,000 each to help in sustaining them in the institution.[22] The ASUU NAU branch was revived in 2012. Prof Ike Odimegwu was the first ASUU NAU branch chairman after the inauguration in 2012.

Notable alumni edit

Faculties and population edit

The university has a population of 24,706 for the regular students and 12,476 students for the part-time programme' students during the 2004/2005 academic year.[32]

UNIZIK has a total of 14 faculties and 57 departments. The university has the following faculties:
1. Faculty of Agriculture:[33] 3000 students[34]
2. Faculty of Arts:[35] 3000 students
3. Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences:[36] 2000 students
4. Faculty of Biosciences[37]
5. Faculty of Education:[38] 5000 students
6. Faculty of Engineering:[39] 4000 students
7. Faculty of Environmental Sciences[40]
8. Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology[41]
9. Faculty of Law:[42] 2000 students
10. Faculty of Management Sciences[43]
11. Faculty of Medicine[44]
12. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences[45]
13. Faculty of Physical Sciences[46]
14. Faculty of Social Sciences:[47] 3000 students

References edit

  1. ^ a b "About Nnamdi Azikiwe University". www.unizik.edu.ng. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University". www.aau.org Association of African Universities. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University - WHED - IAU's World Higher Education Database". www.whed.net. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "About NAU". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  5. ^ Chiegboka, A. B. C.; Nwadialor, K. L. (2015). "The imperative of social engagement for Unizik, Awka: a socioreligious discourse". Journal of Religion and Human Relations. 7 (1): 8–16.
  6. ^ "Why UNIZIK?". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Philanthropist lifts 10 UNIZIK students | The Nation News Nigeria". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  8. ^ "About NAU". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  9. ^ "About NAU". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  10. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Discipline, Self-reliance and Excellence". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University – ASA DUBLIN". Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  12. ^ "Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  13. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University". Times Higher Education (THE). 5 April 2023. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  14. ^ Obianuju Emmanuela Agbasi and Charles Uchenna Onugu (2019). "THE AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AMONG STUDENTS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA". IJARS International Journal of Economics and Commerce. 7 (9): 476–487 – via researchgate.
  15. ^ The Sun Nigeria (2019). "UNIZIK agog as students celebrate Oji Ofor festival". sunnewsonline. Retrieved 5 January 2023.
  16. ^ Light, National (23 July 2020). "Esimone's one year in saddle: UNIZIK guns for excellence (II)". National Light. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  18. ^ Udem, Obiora Kingsley; Ikenwe, Joy Iguehi; and Ugwuamoke, Ethel Chinenye (2020). "Undergraduates' Perception of Library Service Quality and Value in the 21st-Century in Southeast Nigeria: A Case Study". Library Philosophy and Practice (E-journal). 4501: 1–26 – via LPP.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ a b Obiamalu Amaka Raymonda & Anike, Angela Njideka (2018). "Utilization of ICT for Library Services in Festus Aghagbo Nwako Library, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria" (PDF). Journal of Applied Information Science and Technology. 11 (2): 121–127.
  20. ^ Etodike Victor Kosolucukwu (2020). The Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) Strike On Public Universities in Nigeria. How Did it Impact Tertiary Education?. Grin Verlag. ISBN 978-3346285959.
  21. ^ "ASUU offers scholarship to 30 most-deserving UNIZIK students". Tribune Online. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  22. ^ "ASUU awards N1.5m scholarship to 30 indigent UNIZIK students | The Nation". Latest Nigeria News, Nigerian Newspapers, Politics. 27 February 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Ijeoma Grace Agu biography, net worth, age, family, contact & picture". www.manpower.com.ng. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  24. ^ "National Assembly | Federal Republic of Nigeria". nass.gov.ng. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  25. ^ "Emuakpeje, Ochuko". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  26. ^ Martins, Ameh (18 December 2020). "EZURUONYE, Mike". Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  27. ^ "Who Is Ebube Nwagbo? Everything to Know About the Nollywood Actress". buzznigeria.com. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  28. ^ "Queen Nwokoye Biography: Who is the Actress and How Old is She?". buzznigeria.com. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  29. ^ "Oge Okoye Biography, Networth, Husband, Children, Siblings And Movies". www.styzic.com. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 11 June 2023.
  30. ^ Asia, VODAN Africa &. ".:: VODANA Executive Secretary, Prof Francisca Oladipo appointed as the Pioneer Director of Quality Assurance, Federal University Lokoja, Nigeria | VODAN Africa & Asia". www.vodan-totafrica.info. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  31. ^ "Rita Orji". Africans in STEM. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  32. ^ "List of Faculties in Nnamdi Azikiwe University". www.unizik.edu.ng. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Home". Faculty of Agriculture. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  34. ^ "Faculty of Agriculture". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  35. ^ "Faculty of Arts - Nnamdi Azikiwe University". Faculty of Arts. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  36. ^ "Home". Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  37. ^ "Courses". Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  38. ^ "Home -". education.unizik.edu.ng. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  39. ^ "Home". Faculty of Engineering. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  40. ^ "Home". Faculty Of Environmental Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  41. ^ "Home". Faculty of Health Sciences & Technology. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  42. ^ "Home". Faculty of Law. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  43. ^ "Home". Faculty of Management Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  44. ^ "Home". Faculty of Medicine. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  45. ^ "Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State". Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  46. ^ "Home". Faculty of Physical Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  47. ^ "Home". Faculty of Social Sciences. Retrieved 4 June 2023.

External links edit