The management of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) says the institute would be holding its maiden convocation 22 years after the institute was established by the President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration in 2002.
The Executive Director of NINLAN, Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu while briefing journalists on Monday at the institute’s campus in Aba disclosed that the combined convocation ceremony scheduled to hold on Friday, December 2 at the institute’s premises said about 200 students of both National Certificate in Education and Graduate Conversion Programmes of the institute would be in attendance.
Emejulu who stated that the institute would be recognizing Prof. Ayo Bamgbose (African/Nigerian Linguist), Arch Bishop Emeritus Anthony J.V. Obinna, Prof. Peter Ejiofor, Emir of Zazzau, Amb. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Innocent Chukwuma, the CEO of Innosson Motors and among other award recipients for their various contributions in the development of indigenous languages and businesses.
Emejulu who commended the federal government over its intervention in tackling erosion challenges the school was having with its boundary with the Abia River through the Ecological Fund Office which he said was threatening some buildings in the school, lamented the inability of the institute to access funds from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and federal government grants to enable the execute capital projects in the school.
Emejulu said “we thank the federal government for intervening in our capital projects such as 250 bed capacity female hostel, the institute’s language laboratory that is awaiting furnishing and equipping, security surveillance and power backup project which is about 65percent completed.
“The construction of a two storey academic block that took off six months ago. The completion and furnishing of the institute’s auditorium that was started and abandoned 21 years ago and the city campus.
“The Nigeria Agricultural and Land Development Agency (NALDA) gave us two brand new tractors with ploughing equipment, including a dry season project where one hundred hectares of cassava and maize with water pumped from the Aba River.
“This project will be having direct impact on the people around here as up to hundred personnel will be engaged from the host community to service this project.
“It will provide job for some of the members of the host community especially the women and youthful population. We are grateful to NALDA which is superintended by a son of Abia State. We hope that the programme will be flagged off during the convocation programme.
“We have just secured the approval of the National Commission for Colleges of Education to run National Certificate in Education courses.
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