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- January 24, 2019
- Posted by: Webmaster2019
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“I like the dreams of the future than history of the past”, says Thomas Jefferson. On this plane of aspiration laden with dreams of the future, The Dominican University, Ibadan on the 18th of January, 2019 inaugurated The National Association of Philosophy Students (NAPS). This was a historical event befitting of such citadel of learning that has produced men and women of high intellectual accomplishments since its celebrated history that has sprang over 25 years.
Having discovered the need to promote cordial and horizontal relationship among philosophy students in the country, the inauguration of the association was welcomed by all philosophy students, both past and present amidst joy and happiness and a positive enthusiasm for the future.
As part of the association’s objectives, NAPS aims at promoting, among many things, the social, intellectual and academic activities of all philosophy students in Nigeria, and identity of positive cultural values. In its pursuit to advance philosophy enterprise, the association aims at popularizing philosophy by redirecting the mentality of prospective undergraduates towards bringing positive attitudinal change of the populace for effective and efficient building of the Nigerian community.
The high point of the event was the heated debate between the host institute – Dominican University and the Seminary of Saints Peter and Paul, Bodija on the topic: “Artificial Intelligence is Necessary for the Future of Human Existence”. The event was attended by men and women from all walks of life.
Some of the distinguished dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony were Rev. Frs. Cletus Nwabuzor, OP (HOD Philosophy, DU), Patrick Akunne, OP (Dean of Students, DU), Anselm Jimoh (HOD, Philosophy, SS Peter and Paul Seminary), Dr. Akoleowo Victoria (HOD, Philosophy, Dominican Institute), Mr. Augustine Farinola (Epistemology Lecturer and Examination Officer, DU), Dr. Ugo Aniga, and a host of other respectable dignitaries.
To set the ball rolling, the association elected young men and women with high intellectual courage to steer her goals and objectives. Amongst them are:
Kwaza Solomon Aondosoo Vice president
Joshua Abuh Secretary General
Emmanuel Amponsah Assistant Secretary General
Oliver Ugbor Treasurer
Grace Monday Financial Secretary
George Ejeh PRO
Stephen Chukwuneta Director for Intellectual Life
Bartholomew Okoye Director of Social
Patrick Eze Director of Sports
The oath of office was performed by the newly elected executives and led by the students’ dean, Rev. Fr. Patrick Akunne, OP, amidst cheers from the crowd.
On a separate note, the National President of the association with the National Secretary in the person of Mr. Paul and Mr. respectively came all the way from Akwa Ibom to legitimize the University’s chapter. The national delegates paid a courtesy visit to the University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Anthony Akinwale, OP. They also met with the HOD of Philosophy, Rev. Fr. Cletus Nwabuzor, OP, as well as the staff adviser, Mr. Augustine Farinola. While the association hopes and look forwards to actualizing its set objectives in line with the University’s motto: in veritate libertas, it is hoped that it would produce individuals with great minds that would be problem solvers especially at a time like this in our country where there is need for peaceful co-existence amongst people of learning irrespective of, race, place of origin, gender, political or religious beliefs or creeds.