Friday, 24 May 2019

Gov Obiano Congratulates UNIZIK new VC, assures Him of Govt. Assistance

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has congratulated the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, even as he promised giving the Citadel of learning the necessary support needed for progress. 

This was conveyed in a congratulatory message signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba. Where the governor described Professor Esimone as the best man for the job.

Professor Esimone who beat 37 other contestants to emerge the VC of the institution, is said to have become a professor at a young age of 37 years, making him one of the youngest professors ever in the Nigerian university system.

Professor Esimone graduated from the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, he is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Academy of Nigeria and a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

 Speaking further, the Governor noted that, having served the university as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) and founding Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences who displayed excellence in research and teaching it will be difficult to think of a more prepared person for the job than Professor Esimone as he is prepared to display uncanny leadership as the UNIZIK Vice Chancellor", Governor Obiano noted.

Obiano continued: "Nnamdi Azikiwe University is not just another federal higher institution, but one named for the greatest person from West Africa in over two centuries, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, GCFR, PC, the man who led to Nigeria to independence and inspired a generation of great African nationalists like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.

"Therefore, Professor Esimone should always be conscious of the special place of this higher institution in Nigerian--nay African—cosmology.

"UNIZIK has to do more than ever to produce graduates and researchers who can help drive Africa's competitiveness in the age of globalization.   

"This will be much in line with the vision of the Great Zik of Africa who spent all his life devoted to the emancipation of all Africans and Black people throughout the world, so that we can take our rightful position in the comity of nations.

"Products of the University of Nigeria at Nsukka which Zik founded in 1960 were competing favourably with their counterparts from top universities across the world as early as the 1960s, just as those of the University of Lagos where Zik served as the Pro Chancellor in the 1960s".

The governor also expressed satisfaction  with the contributions of two scholars from Nnamdi Azikwe University, Professor Kate Omenugha, the Commissioner for Basic Education, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Professor Theresa Obiekezie, to the growth of the state. 

Acknowledging the critical place of higher education in the development of nations, Governor Obiano regretted that out of the 43 federal and 48 state universities as well as 79 privately owned ones in Nigeria, only the University of Ibadan and Covenant University in Ogun State could make the list of the world's top 1,000 universities in the latest annual Times Higher Education survey, which is the most respected and influential of such studies across the globe.

"The Anambra State Government will not hesitate to assist UNIZIK become a more competitive university", assured Obiano.
C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment.