By Rukayat Adeyemi
Lagos – Prof. Teju Somorin, the immediate past President, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITA), has been appointed the Head of Department of Taxation at Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State.
Prof. Ayandiji Aina, Vice-Chancellor of the university, disclosed this at the university’s convocation media briefing on Tuesday in Lagos.
Aina said that Somorin would resume office on Nov. 1 to kick-start the newly approved course of Bachelor of Science in Taxation by the National University Commission (NUC) for the 2017/2018 session.
He said 13 courses of the university were accredited by the NUC in the 2016/2017 academic year and this included B.SC Taxation, Business Administration, Environmental Management Toxicology, among others.
According to him, the university recruited Somorin as the foundation head of the department to breed it in line with international standards.
“As a matter of fact, we are the only university in this region of Africa offering taxation as a course and we intend to hit the ground with unbeatable record,’’ he said.
Aina said all is set to also commence courses in Environmental Management and Toxicology in the new session in a bid to train manpower that would save Lagos State and Nigeria from environmental decadence.
He said the B.SC in Peace and Conflict Resolution that would be offered by the university had also been tailored to address law and order in the face of the present security threat confronting the country.
The VC, however, said 405 graduates as against 355 graduates in 2016 would be convocated at the 7th convocation scheduled to hold on Oct. 13.
He said 361 out of the 405 of the graduates would receive the Bachelor degrees and 44 post-graduates students would receive the Masters degrees.
“In the breakdown of the 409 graduands, 14 persons made First Class honours, 142 Second Class upper honours Division, 162 Second Class lower honours and 47 with Third Class.
“Others in the class of higher degrees were 12 for Master Business Administration and 32 MSc Architecture,’’ he said.
The VC named Miss Elizabeth Nejo of the Department of Mass Communication as the best graduating student with a Commutative Grade Point Aggregate (CGPA) of 4.85.
He added that Mr Qadri Ahmed of Department of Architecture was the best post-graduate student with a CGPA of 4.91.
Aina further disclosed that the certificate and transcript of the graduands were ready, signed and would be issued to the recipients at the convocation ground once they have been cleared by the university. (NAN)