…Confers Professorial title on the Rector
The Certified Institute of Shipping (CIS) on Thursday announced the reconstitution of its Governing Council and the Academic Board of the investiture.
The institute also announced the approval and ratification of the appointment of Rev. Dr. Alex Okwuashi as the Rector of the College as well as a professor of Maritime Administration and International Shipping with effect from October, 2014.
Speaking in a welcome address to mark the 2014 annual lecture, investiture, award ceremony and the commissioning of the CIS-JAMB CBT Centre of the institute in Lagos, the President and Chairman of the Institute, Prof. Adalemo Ayinde Isaac said that the reconstitution of the governing council was necessitated by the demise of two key Council Members namely; Prof. O.J Fapohunda who was the past President of the institute and Dr. Chinelo Amaka Koko, a former Council Member and member of the Academic Board.
Prof. Adalemo stated that following the demise of the duo and the vacuum created by their demise, Rear Admiral GSA Ombo (rtd.) has been appointed the Chairman of Academic Advisory Board of the institute.
He further said that Dr. Okwuashi’s appointment was predicated on his outstanding contribution and demonstration of distinction to the institute, the Maritime/transport sector and to the Nigerian educational system in general.
According to him,” the intellectual leadership of Rev. Okwuashi in research and knowledge exchange, learning and teaching professional practice and management is unequal. For 15 years, we established, set standards, stirred the course of shipping and maritime education for which Okwuashi is an ambassador”.
“Dr. Okwuashi Alex has satisfied the professional appointment criteria and has made regular commitment to this institute and the industry and he is consequently appointed to the title of Professor of Maritime Administration and International Shipping”.
Speaking on the sideline of the event, the Rector of the Institute, Dr. Alex Okwuashi stated that the institute has secured the approval of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to run its Computer Based Test (CBT) which informed the commissioning of the centre at the occasion.
He said that the centre which had the initial capacity of over three hundred computers had been serving as an e-learning centre for several universities and could as well serve as an e-leaning centre for the National Open University of Nigeria.
“The purpose of this CBT is to register students for post UTME and also to conduct exams that is also associated with it. Of course, several universities are using the place as e-learning centre and we can also run external programmes. National Open University can also come and use the place for further e-learning activities”, he said.
The event featured the award of the Fellowship of the institute on notable Nigerians including the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin and Commissioning of the CIS-JAMB CBT Centre.