COOU VC appeals for improvement in manpower, security, facilities
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The Acting Vice Chancellor, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Anambra state, Prof. Greg Nwakoby, has appealed for reinforcement of manpower in the university to meet the National Universities Commission (NUC) new benchmark for universities.
Nwakoby made this appeal during the 9th convocation ceremony at the university, and wanted more improvement in infrastructural facilities and security of lives and property in the campuses.
According to him, “the university has a pressing need for more staff of both teaching and non-teaching to meet the new benchmark for staffing in the universities as provided by NUC.
“The university is striving to meet this new standard. We, therefore, seek approval of the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano to employ staff to meet staff-student ratio in programmes and departments, especially in Faculties of Engineering, Agriculture, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Agric education”.
He disclosed that the architecture department of the university was denied accreditation by its professional body two years ago for not having a departmental building, while appealing that the state governor come to their aid.
“The location of this campus is far from the neighbouring communities. Security is needed for the protection of the students who reside inside the campus and its environs. It is for this reason that we are requesting for the completion of the perimeter fence around the university to ward off the menace of herdsmen and their cattle as well as other possible intruders in this campus”, he stressed.
The vice chancellor also disclosed that all the 62 academic programmes in the university were fully accredited by NUC except one, calling for concerted efforts to drag the affected department out of the mud.
Highlighting some of the ongoing facilities in the three campuses of the university, he commended the state governor, for awarding the contract for the stretch of road from Uli-Centre off the Onitsha-Owerri road to its Uli campus as well as installation of street lights from Igbariam junction to Enugu -Onitsha express road.
He admonished the graduands to “Register with the alumni association and be good ambassadors of your alma mater and engage yourselves in meaningful activities aimed at sustaining yourselves. Avoid idleness, create jobs not only for yourselves but for others based on entrepreneurship skills you acquired in the university”.
He further praised parents for their hard work, resilience and sacrifice to see their wards acquire university education.
In an address, the pro-chancellor, Arc Ikebueze Chendo, represented by an industrialist, Dr. Ifeanyi Okoye, while congratulating the graduands, reminded them that society expected much from them having attained higher education.
Ikebueze, charged the graduands to be solution providers and not a problem to be solved, noting that they would compete for the limited resources available with graduates from other national and foreign institutions.
“Let hard work, sincerity, courage and faith in God be your motto”, he advised.
The university’s Visitor and governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, reiterated his committed to improving the status of education in the state, highlighting his remarkable achievements in the sector, while also disclosing that there was effort to establish university of agriculture in the state.
Obiano called on well-meaning Anambra people to take up a project in the university so as to write their names in the sands of time.
Earlier, the newly installed chancellor of the university, Oba Rufus Adeyemo, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, said that his appointment would foster mutual understanding between the peoples of the west and the east of the country.
Oba Adeyemo called for concerted efforts to provide an all-round education for students to make them job creators after graduation rather than job seekers.
“Efforts should also be made in the development of improved technological based techniques in teaching and learning. Our students, through entrepreneurial skills and acquisition, should be made to choose one or two vocational courses in addition to their regular courses”, he advised.