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Appeal Court Adjourns Tansian Varsity’s Case Against Ezeonwuka’s N60m Honourarium Claims



By Chuks Eke

The Court of Appeal, Awka Judicial Division, sitting in Awka, Anambra state, presided over by Justice C.E. Nwosu-Iheme has adjourned further hearing till February 1, 2023, in an appeal filed by authorities of Tansian University, against the decision of Justice Arinze Akabua of Ogidi High Court in Idemili Judicial Division.

Justice Akabua had in 2019 granted leave to Chief Rommy  Ezeonwuka,  donor of the land at Oba take off-campus of the University to sell the moveable and immoveable properties of the university for purposes of recovering the outstanding indebtedness of his honorarium which stood at N18 million as at April 2018.

Ezeonwuka who claimed to be also a co-owner of the university and major financier had approached the Ogidi High Court asking it to grant him the leave to dispose of off all moveable and immoveable properties of the university to recover the amount owed him by the university authorities, which the court granted him then.

But the university authorities in a move to forestall the sale of its properties, headed to the Court of Appeal asking it to quash the High Court order because according to them, the lower court has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter, let alone have the power to make such an order.

In the Appeal No. CA/AW/67/2019 between Tansian University, Very Rev. Monsignor John Bosco Akam a Catholic Priest as appellants, and Ranent Industries Company Limited, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka as respondents, the appellants are insisting that the lower court does not have the jurisdiction to issue the executive order to sell their properties in order to recover his debts.

When the case was mentioned at the Appellate Court, counsel to the appellants, Rev. Fr. Obiora applied for an extension of time to enable him to file their appellants’ brief.

Fr. Obiora also informed the appellate court that the second appellant, Monsignor Akam is late and that his name should be expunged from the case, adding that the first appellant, Tansian university is not a juristic person as to go on with the case.

Counsel to the respondents, Obiora Nweze from Ibegbu & Ibegbu SAN Chambers, did not however raise an objection to the appellant’s application for an extension of time, rather, he also filed their own brief as the court granted the application and adjourned further hearing till February 1, 2023.

Speaking to newsmen in that regard, the second respondent, Ezeonwuka lamented that the N10 million annual honorarium granted him in a consent judgement delivered in 2008 by Justice Onochie Anyachebelu, now the incumbent Chief Judge of Anambra state, that he (Ezeonwuka) is entitled to receive from the university authorities an annual honorarium of N10 million per annum for donating his landed properties at Oba as a take-off site for the university, has accumulated to over N60 million till date.

Ezeonwuka contended that as of 2019 when the Ogidi High Court granted him the leave to sell the university’s moveable and immoveable properties, the university authorities were already owing him arrears amounting to N18 million as of April 2018, adding that an additional N40 million to the N18 million for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 at N10 million per annum would have exceeded N60 million as total honorarium indebtedness to him from the university authorities.

He noted that the honorarium issue came into being at the inception of the university when the National Universities Commission, NUC issued the approval certificate to the university authorities and specifically handed it over to him as a major stakeholder who has a 15% equity share in the university board.

He said NUC advised that the annual payment due to him for his property should not be called annual house rent but annual honorarium because NUC does not recognise rentage or approve a university status in a rented apartment.

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UNIZIK Churns Out 10,707 Degrees, Masters, PhD Graduates At 17th Convocation



At the graduation over the weekend

By Chuks Eke

No fewer than 10,707 graduates yesterday received a first degree, master’s and PhD certificates at the 17th convocation ceremonies of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Anambra State.

Speaking at the occasion, held at the campus arena,  the Vice Chancellor of NAU, also known as Unizik, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, declared that the convocation ceremony is for the 2021/2022 academic year.

He said that the graduates include, 6,000 for first degrees, 3,300 for Post graduate Diplomas, 807 for Masters degrees, and 600 for Doctorate degrees, as well as conferment of honorary degrees to three Nigerians making enduring contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.

Commenting on Project 200, Esimone declared that he had accomplished the mission, insisting that during the 14th convocation ceremony in March, 2020, less than one year after he assumed office in June 2019, he that revealed his vision was to make Nnamdi Azikiwe University, the best university in Nigeria, among the best two hundred universities in the world.

He however explained that his administration was confronted with some challenges, including, Covid-19 pandemic which ravaged the world through 2020 to 2022, Academic Staff Union of Universities frequent strikes which adversely impacted on academic activities and infrastructure development in Nigerian university system.

He said, “Let me now take the bold step as the architect and driver of Project 200, commendably supported by the university community has been largely fulfilled.

“Since Project 200 mission is predicted on universities ranking, the Stanford University USA in 2020 included two lecturers of the NAU, Engr Dr Christopher Igwe Ifuma, dept of Polymer and textile Engineering and Joshua Ighalo of dept ok Chemical Engineering among it’s top 2 percent of world scientists. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is placed 502+in global ranking, and 5th in Nigeria for universities not more than 50 years of establishment.

“The university is ranked 1,501+in the world and 8th in Nigeria, up from 10th in 2023, Prof Cecilia Emeb, debt of Linguistics and Kinsley Anukam, debt of Medical Laboratory Sciences collaborated to translate Probiotic Infographics into Igbo language (Probiotics concerns live microorganisms which when introduced into the body would have health benefits”.

In his speech, the Chancellor, NAU, His Majesty, Dr Da Jacob Gyaung Buba who is also Chairman, Plateau state Council of Chiefs, expressed joy and congratulated the VC, Prof Esimone, the governing council, staff  and students of the institution for ensuring peaceful environment that has enabled reasonable progress and academic advancement.

He also appreciated individuals and corporate bodies for giving adequate support to achieve success and growth of the university.

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Hensard University Commences Admission To 30 Courses In 5 Faculties




The management of Hensard University, Nigeria’s international university in Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State has announced the commencement of admission into 30 courses that are spread across five faculties of the school. All the admission processes are online.
“We are glad to announce that our admissions have started. All the details are available on our website,” Prof Dileep Kumar M, Hensard’s Vice Chancellor said. “There is a buffet of 30 courses to choose from and as have stated we would avail students the best teaching and learning experience in the conducive environment of Toru-Orua.”
The National Universities Commission (NUC), approved its resources verification inspection team and had a final look at the facilities Hensard University was placed at the deposition of the students.
Prof Kumar listed the approved courses as:
Faculty of Agriculture
a. Agricultural Economics & Extension Services
b. Agronomy
c. Fisheries and Aquaculture
d. Animal Production and Husbandry
e. Forestry and Wildlife Management
Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences
a. Accounting
b. Business Administration
c. Economics
d. History and Diplomatic Studies
e. Languages and Linguistics
f. Performing and Creative Arts
g. Philosophy and Religious Studies
h. Political Science and International Relations
i. Procurement
j. Project Management
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
a. Environmental Management
b. Geology and Geophysics
c. Meteorology and Climate Science
d. Surveying and Geo-informatics
Faculty of Mass Communication & Broadcasting
a. Broadcasting
b. Film & Multimedia
c. Journalism
Faculty of Sciences & Computing
a. Biochemistry and Biotechnology
b. Computer Science
c. Cyber Security
d. Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
e. Microbiology & Molecular Biology
f. Physics with Electronics
g. Science Laboratory Technology
h. Software Engineering
“Hensard University anchors its uniqueness on its dual certifications, international linkages, access to global educational resources, experienced faculty and staff from Nigeria and abroad, research centres and institutes which work together to produce graduates who would be ethical entrepreneurs, leaders and change agents for the improvement of society,” Prof Kumar said.
Admissions are also open for the Hensard University Foundation
The school is running a one-year programme on arts, social and management sciences, and physical and natural sciences to prepare candidates for JAMB, GCE, and NECO.

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NIPR Commends Gov Soludo For Appointing Prof Omenugha As COOU New VC



The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Anambra State chapter, Professor Angela Nwammuo has described the appointment of Prof Kate Omenugha to be the new Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) as a square peg in a square hole.

Prof Nwammuo who issued a press release, yesterday, in Awka, in her capacity as the NIPR Chairman in the State said Prof Omenugha’s appointment to the number one position in the university was apt.

She further described it as a reflection of the increasing belief that public relations practitioners were bridge builders and better managers of human and material resources.

Prof Nwammuo, also the Head of, the Department of Mass Communication, COOU noted that by this appointment, Prof Omenugha became the first female and only Vice Chancellor in Anambra State.

“The appointment of Prof Omenugha as the new VC of the COOU who is also a Fellow of the Institute and Council member is in recognition of her exceptional performance as a renowned academic. Most importantly, as the Commissioner for Education in Anambra State the State is still reaping the fruit of the innovations she introduced into the educational sector.

“She is a square peg in a square hole and a familiar terrain.

“As the Institute congratulates her on the deserved honour, we commend the Governor of Anambra State, Prof Charles Soludo for being gender sensitive, identifying and rewarding hard work.

“We pray that the good Lord will be with the new VC as she pilots the affairs of the university. Thank you Mr Governor, “Prof Nwammuo concluded.

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