The centre for Counselling and Human Development came into being in September, 2011. There had been in existence a Guidance and Counseling Unit under the Students Affairs Division but the 2007 reforms of the education sector brought about the creation of an entirely new department of students support services. Universities and the commission’s assessment of the services of the nature and application of students support and facilities will now be based on the Ten (10) services and facilities which Counselling and Human Development Centre is one.
The sole responsibility of the student support services is the development of career management initiatives that will enable students develop mission-critical life skills for making informed decisions on their future and also plan for the implementation of social responsibility and advocacy programmes including initiatives that will eliminate current and potential social ills pervading the entire spectrum of the Nigeria university system.
The centre is equipped with professional counselors and administrative staff to provide the following services:
i. General Counselling – individual and group Counselling.
ii. Orientation of fresh student: One (1) week orientation programme for fresh students is done in the first (1st) semester of every session.
iii. Information on scholarship and employment opportunities.
iv. Programmes to nurture national and good leadership values.
v. Documentation, monitoring and feedback processes. Student information data, all scholarship matters, all Counselling services rendered are documented.
vi. The centre also handles sensitization on HIV/AIDS for all categories of students in the university and periodically organizes seminars on HIV/AIDS in conjunction with other related NGO’s and associations.
vii. The centre carries anti-social vices campaigns against cultism, drug abuse and violence.
viii. Yearly workshop on career development for final year students.
Specifically, the centre is domiciled with the following as mandate:
– Spiritual Personal
The mission of the centre is in line with NUC’s benchmark statement on student support services and facilities in Nigerian universities that precipitated the creation of an entirely new department of student support services with the sole responsibility of development of career management initiatives that will enable students develop mission-critical life skills for making informed decisions on their future and also plan for the implementation of social responsibility and advocacy programme including initiatives that will eliminate current and potential social ills pervading the entire spectrum of the Nigerian university system.
The specific foci are:
– To assist students through all phases of their career development.
– To provide educational, vocational, personal social guidance and counselling for all categories of students.