By Lawrence Nwimo
The Umueje community in Ayamelum local government area of Anambra state, has reassured the management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, of its readiness to host the university’s faculty of agriculture.
The Umueje traditional ruler, Igwe Elias Nneli, gave the assurance in an interview with newsmen in Awka after a Federal High Court, presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, struck out a case filed by a member of the community, Mr. Benson Amuluche, and others over the ownership of the land gifted to UNIZIK to site the faculty.
Excited by the judgement, the monarch explained that the land was under a communal ownership and thus, was freely offered to the university for the purpose.
He said the partnership would boost the economic potential of the community as well as help create job opportunities for the teeming youths of the area.
The monarch maintained the community’s commitment to providing the institution with all it needed to operate smoothly and appealed to Amuluche and others to accept the outcome of the court, in the overall interest and development of the community.
Reacting, the president-general of Umueje community, Chief Fidelis Chidube, opined that the community followed the constitution of the community in gifting the land to Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
Briefing newsmen earlier, the counsel to Umueje in the suit, Barr Lawrence Obiora, emphasised that the case was struck out because the Federal High Court had no jurisdiction to entertain the case and that “the parties involved should meet the appropriate court to handle the matter.”
The plaintiff’s lawyer, when approached for his reaction to the judgement and the appeal by the monarch declined to comment.