Academy Provost, Prof AS Nwankwo, presenting his address during the workshop.
Delivering the 1st lecture titled “Reconfiguring the Administrative Machinery to Promote Academic Excellence”, the Academy Registrar Brigadier General IM Yusuf said that administrative machinery is proportional to academic excellence which is achieved through seminars, workshops, networking, registry lecture series etc. According to him, all these put together will help the teaching staff deliver. He noted that in positioning NDA to become one of the top 10 Nigerian universities, it will require clear and realistic Vision and Mission, computerization of academic processes, robust processes and structures, staff integrity and a level playing field in admission and recruitment processes.
“Balancing Academic Training and Cadets Activities” was another lecture delivered by the Cadet Brigade Commander (CBC) Brigadier General LA Lebo. He enumerated the cadets’ activities and academic training and how to balance them to achieve the desired results. Proceeding, he said that the core of cadets training include academic, military and character development training which are harmonized and balanced to produce an all round, developed young officer. He urged all to join in the training of the cadets saying that the development of the cadets is a holistic exercise.
A cross section of some of the participants at the Academic Branch Strategic Plan Workshop
Likewise, the Academy Librarian (AL), Dr Umar Lawal, who presented a lecture, “Learning Resource Centre as a Power House for Academic Excellence” said the Academy Library as a technology serving centre needs to be improved for a better and conducive physical and virtual environment. He proposed a new paradigm shift that will activate the library automation system and online information resource centre.
A former Acting Academy Provost of NDA, Professor SO Okeniyi, in his lecture titled “Building a Solid Foundation for Tomorrow’s Leaders: Overcoming the Challenges of Curriculum Development and Teaching Effectiveness” said the concept of building quality future leaders requires corporate efforts of intellectuals leaning on the vision and mission to deliver the curriculum. He noted that straight and precise curriculum will give rise to quality teaching and ensure that cadets are given the best of education. He prevailed on stakeholders to contribute towards delivering academic qualities to the cadets and advised that the curriculum is an attitude which the cadets learn from. He ended by saying that the curriculum should undergo continuous revision.
Series of lectures were also delivered by seasoned academicians after whom participants were divided into syndicates for brainstorming, contributions, questions, observations and feedback.
The Deans of faculties also gave a brief on their various faculties. They were Professor OE Tangban of the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Professor SC Osuala of the Faculty of Science (FS) and Dr DS Nyitamen of Faculty of Engineering (FE). Briefs were also entertained from the Heads of Centers. The briefs were geared towards identifying the challenges of the various units while also acknowledging their achievements.
In his vote of thanks, the AR thanked the Commandant for the support and direction given the branch. He enumerated the supports as staff motivation and incentives, research grants, review of processes and structures, systematic and transparent process in recruitment of staff and enlistment of cadets. Others are, making it possible for staff to access the federal housing scheme loan and renovation and furnishing of the branch. He applauded the Commandant saying he will go down in history as one that has impacted on the academic branch more than any other in the history of the academy. Finally, he promised the Commandant that with the AP steering the affairs of the branch, desired result will be delivered.