Prof. A. C. Abimiku
Dean: Faculty of Social Sciences
The Faculty of Social sciences is one of the pioneer Faculties in the University. Since 1975 when it started, the faculty has been headed by ten substantive Deans. It started with the Departments of Economics, Management Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. By the mid I980s, Management Studies Department was split into two sub-Department, thus Accounting was carved out of its parent Department. Following this development the Department became known as Accounting and Management Sciences. Up to the mid-1980s, the Faculty was predominantly staffed by expatriates particularly Asians, from India and Pakistan. Today, the situation has changed due to the success of the University manpower training scheme which allowed junior academic staff the opportunity for overseas training and today, all the academic staff are Nigerians. In the 1970s and 1980s the students’ population was not as high as it is today. There is today a shift of interest such that the ranks second to Medical Sciences in terms of applications from new entrants into the University. Over the years, the Faculty has increased her academic programmes and currently has 6 degree programmes. All the Departments have post graduates programmes up to Ph.D. level in most of their specialist areas. It is important to note that the current faculty of Management Sciences was carved out of the faculty.
The Faculty has recorded significant achievements in the area of manpower development. It has produced dynamic social scientists and high level personnel for the public and private sector of the Nigerian economy. The Faculty has also provided needed research information that guides social policies for sustainable national development of the country. Indeed, by the Mid-1980s the Faculty had become recognized and ranked high among the Faculties of Social Sciences in the country. The period of the 1980s can therefore be regarded as the 'golden age' of the Faculty in terms of meeting the major aspects of its set objectives and goals. The Faculty has continued to engage in scholarly and academic projects including research and the organization of national and international conferences and seminars on critical social, political and economic issues that affect Nigeria's national development.