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The Research Directorate found a number of
references to different programs or colleges at Abia State
University: an undergraduate degree in marketing (The Indian
Express 28 Nov. 1997); a Nigeria/Mercy College (New York State
African Studies Association n.d.); Library Studies (University of
London, School of Oriental and African Studies 1 July 1998); an
indication from the International Institute for Christian Studies
that Abia State University was wanted to fill a faculty position at
Okigwe in "biblical, theological or religious studies" (n.d.) as
well as an informal agreement by the University of Houston's
College of Optometry to provide Abia State University "assistance
with faculty development and curriculum review" (University of
Houston Sept. 1997).
The Research Directorate also found a
number of references to individuals in an official capacity at Abia
State University: a K.K. Oyeoku as University Librarian (Rhodes
University Library 8 Sept. 1998); Basil Amaeshi as Director of
Library Studies (University of London, School of Oriental and
African Studies 1 July 1998); and a 1998 reference to the
Vice-Chancellor of the university as Professor S.O Igwe, the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Administration) as Professor Stephen Emejuaiwe and
the President of the Abia State Development Organisation (ABSDO) as
Professor Joe Irukwu (Post Express 12 Mar. 1998).
Post Express also reported
Professor Igwe as saying that the university's hostel facilities
were intended for 2,000 students when the university moved to its
present site in 1987 and that since then "only three emergency-type
bungalows have been added for the current population of students of
over 8,000" (ibid.).
No reports of problems of Abia State
University with the government in February 1997 as a result of
student actions could be found among the sources consulted by the
Research Directorate. However, there are February 1997 reports of
student discontent with proposed increases in university fees
(West Africa Jan./Feb. 1997; Post Express 7 Feb.
1997). Post Express reported that the National Association
of Nigerian Students (NANS) "threatened to embark on a mass action
as a formidable resistence against the impending introduction of
school fees in the nation's tertiary institutions" (ibid.).
Information on courses offered at Abia
State University could not be found in the sources consulted by the
Research Directorate, For additional information on Abia State
University and its colleges, faculty and chancellors please consult
The World of Learning available in Regional Documentation
This Response was prepared after
researching publicly accessible information currently available to
the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is
not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any
particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the
list of additional sources consulted in researching this
The Indian Express [Bombay]. 28
November 1997. Kulwinder. Singh. "Emeka Markets Top Class Soccer."
[Internet] www.indian-espress.com [Accessed 2
International Institute for Christian
Studies. n.d. "University Openings: Nigeria." [Internet] www.iics.com [Accessed 2 Dec. 1998]
New York State African Studies
Association. n.d. "22nd Annual Conference June 10-12 1997."
[Internet] www.sage.edu [Accessed 2 Dec.
Post Express [London]. 12 March
1998. Uchendu Wogu. "Erosion Ravages Abia University." [Internet]
[Accessed 2 Dec. 1998]
_____. 7 February 1997. Dele Ogunyemi.
"NANS Orders Students to Resist New Fees." [Internet] www.postexpresswired.com [Accessed 3
Rhodes University Library. 8 September
1998. "Directory of University Libraries in Africa." [Internet] www.ru.ac.za [Accessed 2 Dec. 1998]
University of Houston. September 1997.
"Inventory of International Programs." [Internet] www.uhsa.uh.edu [Accessed 2 Dec. 1998]
University of London, School of Oriental
and African Studies 1 July 1998. "Centre of African Studies:
Associate Members of the Centre of African Studies." [Internet] www.soas.ac.uk [Accessed 2 Dec. 1998]
Additional Sources Consulted
Africa Confidential. [London].
January - April 1997.
Africa Research Bulletin: Political,
Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. March - May 1997.
DIRB Indexed Media Review
[Ottawa]. 28 January - 1 April 1997.
Keesing's Record of World
Events [Cambridge]. 1997.
Resource Centre. Nigeria country file.
January - March 1997.
West Africa [London]. January -
Electronic sources: IRB Databases,
LEXIS/NEXIS, Internet, REFWORLD, World News Connection (WNC).