By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra)
The Vice Chancellor (VC) of Nnamdi Azikewe University, Professor Joseph .E. Ahaneku FAS, has urged Professors and Lecturers to be true mentors and role models to their students.
Prof. Ahaneku gave this charge at the 2018 Postgraduate Research Workshop held on Monday 8th October, 2018, at the University Auditorium.
The workshop which had in attendance Professors and Lecturers from different higher institutions in the country, was themed: “DEEPENING RESEARCH COMPETENCE FOR EFFECTIVE SCHOLARSHIP.”
Speaking at the workshop, Prof. Ahaneku encouraged Lecturers to continue to give their best, stating that the society depends largely on the products from their institutions.
On the need for the workshop, the Vice Chancellor said ,”When you have young Nigerians as your students, people who are well informed on technology, it is needful for their lecturers to also upgrade themselves so as to meet up to the trend of passing effective knowledge”.
“There is need to reequip our Professors and Lecturers through giving them exposure in areas they need to improve on. This will make the students they are mentoring to believe them. It is a digital age and technology has taken over and we have to adopt to the system and environment.”
On the part of supervision, the VC tasked Professors and Lecturers to be part of the process through making sure that the students make proper research, bring out the best in thier students. There should be discipline, time and interest, bounding.
“Supervisors should introduce ideas to their students. Listen to them, guide them because, these are the things you will be remembered for when you are gone and that is the best legacy.
“Our desire is to continue to showcase our ability. It is not enough to say you are a Professor and there is nothing to show for it. We should have those who will take over our workshops, offices and people that will continue to talk about us”. He concluded.
Sub-Dean, Faculty of Law Postgraduate School, Uni-Zik, Emmanuel Obidimma, on his part added by saying that, “Every lecturer apart from lecturing is supposed to be a mentor through guiding, assisting them to come out in flying colours and keeping them focused”.
He said that, “Mentorship is also equipping yourselves to be able to attract someone to look up to you”.
You would recall that, the 2018 Research Workshop is in two parts. The first part is for equipping of the Lecturers, while the second part is training of the students by the Lecturers in turn.
The significance of such gathering (Workshop), according to Obidimma is to collaborate and meet with like minds (Mutual collaboration) and learning from the knowledge of others.