PROFESSOR OKPANACHI JOSHUA
Dean, Faculty of Management Science
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The Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) is the newest faculty in NDA. It was set up at the beginning of the 2019/2020 Academic year. There were four Departments currently at the Faculty, Department of Accounting, Department of Economics, Department of Management Studies, and Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. There were only about 35 foundations Academic Staff. Professor Joshua Okpanachi is the pioneer coordinating Dean of the faculty.
The vision of the Faculty of Management Sciences is first to produce graduate officers with broad academic training in Management Sciences disciplines who can use their competencies as strong foundations for their careers as officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces. This is in the context of a globalized world within which officers of the Nigerian Military should be intellectually well equipped. Secondly, the Faculty seeks to train military and civilian graduates to acquire higher degrees which will equip them with special expertise relevant to military professionalism or enterprise in the public or private sector as the case may be.
The Faculty is in the first place to produce high-quality graduate officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces who can apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their various disciplines to meet the complex challenges of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the rapidly changing world of the profession of arms. Secondly, the Faculty seeks to provide specialized training in different academic disciplines for military and civilian graduate students for service in the public and private sectors. Thus suitably equipped, the civilian higher degree holders can fill important positions in the universities, Government, Business, and Industry.
The Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) is headed by the Dean who administers it in conjunction with the Committee of Heads of Department, the various committees of the Faculty such as Seminars/Conference, Time-Table, Examinations, Curriculum, Welfare, Quality Assurance, and the Faculty Board. The overriding concern of the administration of the Faculty is to achieve the objectives of the Academy with regards to the academic training of the cadets and the postgraduate students as outlined in the relevant documents and the directives emanating from the Academic Branch Headquarters.
Academic staff around the world discharges three main functions: teaching, research, and community service. In very few words, some idea of what the Faculty has been doing in these areas of responsibility for one year will now be given. Coming to teaching, we can say with pride that this Faculty has produced far more graduate officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces in the field of Accounting, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management.
NDA is the most difficult university to teach and study in because of the two training programs our cadets pursue simultaneously. They do 4 years of academic training to earn their degrees and an additional one 1year of military training. Along with the degree, this qualifies the cadet for commission into the Nigerian Armed Forces if he survives the rigors.
At the undergraduate level, teaching in the Faculty centers exclusively on the cadets. The Faculty prepares cadets for B.Sc. Honors degrees in Accounting, Management Studies, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management. With lecturers of all categories totaling 25, staffing in the Faculty is not yet adequate for the number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs which the various Departments mount every session. Since its inception, the teaching process has undergone some transformation following the introduction of the multi-media method. Cadets now register their courses online, and many of their academic activities are also carried out online. At the postgraduate level, a wide variety of programs, both full-time and part-time (including Masters and PhDs), is available and open to military, para-military, and civilian students alike. The programs are meant to prepare the civilian students for career positions in the universities, government, industry, and so on. These programs contribute towards capacity-building in the country. The higher degree programs are meant to sharpen and broaden the intellect of the Military personnel and expose them to some general and special academic issues related to the profession of arms. They thus acquire helpful expertise within the boundaries of military science.
In the area of research, it can be said with all modesty that considerable activities go on in FMS. Here, as in universities around the world, lecturers must publish or perish. Through their hard work, nobody has perished. There have also been collaborative efforts at the Faculty level which resulted in the forthcoming hosting of the 2020 Annual International Conference of the Academy of Management Nigerian scheduled for September 2020.
Individual members of the Faculty have over the years published books and journal articles in their areas of specialization. The Faculty has put forward a journal Management Research, First Edition to be published in June 2020.
For a couple of years now, some Faculty members have benefited from the Academy sponsorship of local, national, and international conferences. There was nothing like that until four years ago. The door is still open. As many more members of the Faculty are working hard to be on the list of beneficiaries.
As regards Community Service, the staff in the Faculty are involved in a wide range of activities. Some examples will suffice:
The FMS has been an important recruiting ground by the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, and the Infantry Corps Centre Jaji, for resource personnel
The National Universities Commission (NUC) and National Board for Teaching Education (NBTE) have used a good number of faculty staff for accreditation visits to other universities.
The Faculty has adopted six doctrines in number from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). They were formulated and adopted by the Faculty Board in April 2011 in line with the principles of the tenure of Major General Emeka Onwuamaegbu as the Commandant of the Academy. They are as follows:
Commitment to Duty.
Respect for Hours of Work.
Appropriate and Decent Dressing.
Cleanliness of the Environment.
These ideas were not altogether new, but for the first time, we articulated and adopted them as doctrines to guide individual and collective behavior in the Faculty. Collectively, the Faculty has reached a very respectable level of compliance with each doctrine, but there are still rooms for improvement.
The Faculty of Management Sciences has three (3) Departments namely as follows:
Department of Accounting.
Department of Economics.
Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
Department of Management Studies.
Professor Okpanachi Joshua BSc, MBA, MSc, Ph.D. Nov 2019 Till date