Federal University Lokoja (FULOKOJA) has achieved a remarkable milestone in the field of education with the unveiling of its Centre for Distance and e-Learning (DeL). This initiative resonates with the contemporary demand for flexible learning and strives to reach a broader spectrum of students through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Below is a comprehensive look into this exciting development.
|🎓 University||Federal University Lokoja (FULOKOJA)|
|📖 Initiative||Centre for Distance and e-Learning (DeL)|
|💻 Purpose||Promote flexible learning through ICT|
|🗣️ Unveiling By||Prof. Som Naidu, Technology, Education & Design Associates, Melbourne, Australia|
|🎉 Event Theme||“Re-engineering Education Futures at Confluence of Technology, Education, and Design”|
|🏃 Progress||Complete e-learning software packages developed, efforts for NUC approval ongoing|
|🧑🏫 Director||Prof. Ibrahim Adeku Musa, Director of Distance and e-Learning|
|🛋️ Additional Needs||More facilities especially in furnishing and equipping the center|
The Centre was inaugurated today, a memorable event marked by innovation, collaboration, and ambition. Leading the ceremony was Professor Som Naidu, Principal Associates, Technology, Education & Design Associates, Melbourne, Australia. Professor Naidu’s expertise in the area of flexible learning, showcased in his former role as Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of the South Pacific, made him an apt choice for this occasion.
The unveiling was accompanied by a special lecture titled “Re-engineering Education Futures at the Confluence of Technology, Education, and Design.” This lecture served as a reflection on the convergence of technology and education, and how it shapes our learning landscape.
Joining Professor Naidu was one of Nigeria’s finest academics, Emeritus Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, the current Chancellor at Littoral University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin, and a former SSG to Kogi State Government. His presence added significant weight to the occasion, reflecting a confluence of experience and vision.
Leadership and Vision
The Vice-Chancellor of FULOKOJA, Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, has been a driving force behind this initiative. Last year, he appointed Professor Ibrahim Adeku Musa as the Director of Distance and e-Learning. Under Professor Musa’s leadership, the focus has been on evolving FULOKOJA into one of Nigeria’s leading universities that offer distance and e-learning programmes.
Achievements and Future Plans
Professor Musa, along with his dedicated team, worked tirelessly to develop and deploy complete e-learning software packages within just a few months in office. Their efforts now stand on the threshold of securing approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the commencement of the programmes.
However, the journey doesn’t end here. During the unveiling, the Vice-Chancellor acknowledged that more facilities are still needed, particularly in the areas of furnishing and equipping the centre. He sought the support and assistance of the guest lecturer and the former SSG, emphasizing collaboration and unity in pursuit of educational excellence.
Conclusion: A Step Towards the Future
The inauguration of the Centre for Distance and e-Learning at FULOKOJA is not just a ceremony; it’s a step towards redefining education in Nigeria. It’s a commitment to accessible and quality education, a belief in the power of technology, and a vision of an inclusive future where learning knows no bounds.
The management and staff of FULOKOJA have shown that with determination, innovation, and collaboration, the boundaries of traditional education can be expanded. The rest of Nigeria, and indeed the world, will be watching with keen interest as this Centre becomes a beacon for modern education.
For anyone interested in embracing flexible learning or exploring new horizons in education, the doors of FULOKOJA’s Centre for Distance and e-Learning are now open. This is an invitation to a future where education is not confined by walls but enriched by technology, creativity, and endless possibilities.