- Extols Governor Ikpeazu’s Leadership Ability, Disposition
As part of his sign-off activities, Prof. Chinedum Uzoma Nwajiuba, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi State, has paid a thank-you visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
Prof. Nwajiuba thanked the Governor for, among other things, physically attending the Hidden Hunger Conference in AE-FUNAI and instituting a research grant.
He availed the Governor an update that the N2m grant has been disbursed, following a competitive call for proposals, to two research projects related to nutrition.
The VC, who wore a dress made of Akwete to the meeting, also briefed the Governor on measures undertaken by AE-FUNAI to effectively promote the Akwete textile, which is indigenous to Abia State.
Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor extolled the manifest leadership ability of the Governor as well as his fantastic disposition as a person. While hailing the vision of the Government of Abia State to establish a University of Science and Technology, he prayed for expedited action, advising that, rather than yield to delay due to paucity of funds, consideration could be given to a funding model that would largely take the burden off the state government.
He called the attention of the Governor to the model of the First Technical University Ibadan, owned by the Oyo State Government, but which does not depend on Government subvention. The Vice-Chancellor offered pro bono assistance towards achieving this.
The Vice-Chancellor presented a gift of Akwaete materials to the Governor.
His Excellency, Chief Okezie Ikpeazu, thanked Prof. Nwajiuba for his visit, remarking that it is the first time somebody has taken the trouble to come to him in such a manner. He noted that Prof Nwajiuba’s tenure as Vice-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (AE-FUNAI) has taken the University from being a little-known institution to one that is highly reputed and much sought after by parents, students, and university administrators.
Expressing delight that the Research Grant he gave was deployed to the area of nutrition, the Governor used the opportunity to highlight the success of his State’s school feeding program in bringing students back to public primary schools.
Governor Ikpeazu also reassured his guest of his government’s commitment to the establishment of the University of Science and Technology, He accepted Prof. Nwajiuba’s offer of assistance to the project and prayed for his success in his future endeavors.
The Governor also pledged to support the Akwaete clothing centre in the University.
The Director, Centre for Educational Services, Prof Johny Ogunji; Director of Physical Planning, Works and Services, Dr. Iheanacho Ezeocha; and Acting Director of Partnerships, Mr. Chris Uwadoka, accompanied Prof. Nwajiuba on the visit.