The Department of Chemistry started at the inception of the College of Education in August 2, 1971 with three (3) Academic Staff and one (1) Laboratory Assistant to prepare students for the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) Programme. The first batch of NCE students was sixteen (16) in number and graduated in 1974. The Department started the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) programmein 1981 with seven (7) students who did the Post NCE course. These students graduated in 1983. .
Presently, the Department of Chemistry has two well-equipped laboratories with competent lecturers. It also has skilled and devoted administrative and technical staffs that are always willing to assist students in their practical classes and teach them on how to make use of laboratory equipment.
The Department of Chemistry has at present over one hundred and fifty students. The recent boost in the number of admitted students into the Department could be attributed to the granting of autonomy and license to the Institution to operate as a University. Over the years, our students are known to be hard-working and disciplined and do not indulge in examination malpractice. I congratulate every student admitted into this Department and I wish that you make the best use of this opportunity. Every student should brace up to the challenges which lie ahead by addressing squarely the onerous task of pursuing his/her studies with vigor and ensure that he/she sails through the demands of the courses spelt out in this hand book.
Examination malpractice is not condoned in this Department: know that hard work is the key to success, no short cuts! On behalf of the staff and students of the Department, I welcome you to a successful time of studentship in the Department of Chemistry.
God Bless you
PROF. EKPETE, OZIOMA DAUNWO
Head of Chemistry Department
lAUE, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.
The philosophy of the Department of Chemistry is to
The objectives of Chemistry Department include: