The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the establishment of five new programmes for Obong University in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The new programmes, which are to be taught at the Bachelor’s degree level, are Public Administration, International Relations, Political Science, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, and Sociology.

The commission, in a letter signed by Dr Gidado Bello Kumo, said that the approval followed a resource evaluation visit to the institution by panels of experts to assess the human and material resources available for the programmes to take off.

The NUC said after due consideration of the report submitted by the panel, its management committee, at its 442nd meeting, approved the establishment of the programmes beginning from 2015/2016 session.

The Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof Moses Udoudo, hailed the commission for what he described as a thorough and painstaking process, which led to the approval of the programmes. He noted that the feat would strengthen the institution.

The VC said facilities had been put in place for the easy take off of the new courses.

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