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Esimone, Okoli, others honoured by Unizik guidance and counselling department

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

Department of Guidance and Counselling, Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has conferred on the university Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone, outstanding leadership award, following his exploit in human resource development and infrastructure in the institution.

Similar award was also given to the Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Dr. Tessy Okoli. Other award recipients were HRH Igwe Christopher Muoghalu of Isuofia, HRH A. U. Laz Nwozor, Chief Mike Ekwunife, Chief Ebele Nnanyelugo, Lady Uju Dike, Lady Vero Osanakpo, Dr. Glory Ogugua, among others.

The event, themed, ‘The Students and The Future’, took place on Thursday at the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies of the institution, and attracted academic community, students and captains of industry, Orient Daily reports.

Speaking during the event, the Head of Department, Prof. Ada Anyamene, said the event was to recognise laudable achievers, who, according to her, have made immense contributions to people’s lives and to the peace, progress and development of society.

Anyamene disclosed that the awardees had performed exceptionally well in their respective areas of endeavour, positing that the award would further inspire students to greater heights and remind them that hard work pays.

She commended the university management for its laudable projects, and called on the vice-chancellor and other well-meaning Nigerians to support the department in the areas of vehicle, projectors, building/office accommodation, generator, white boards, among others.

While declaring the event open, Prof. Esimone thanked the organisers of the event, assuring that his administration would leave no stone unturned in promoting the welfare of staff and students.

Esimone, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Frederick Odibo, described the theme as very apt, considering the trajectory of events unfolding in Nigeria. He said it was necessary to interrogate the future of students to prepare them to meet the ever-evolving world of work.

In a lecture presentation, Prof. Canice Nwankwo of Department of Guidance and Counselling of the university, reminded students that their parents sent them to school to prepare them for the future, while warning them against distraction capable of truncating their future.

Prof. Nwankwo told his audience to imbibe hard work, discipline, positive attitude and academic competency, as well as to learn time and stress management.

Speaking on preparation for the future, Nwankwo encouraged students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, collaboration across networks, adaptability, entrepreneurialism, and analytic skills, among others to have competitive edge. He also advised participants to find a mentor to direct them as they grow in their chosen careers.

Prof. Chinyelu Nwokolo, the LOC chairperson, had, in a vote of thanks, eulogised the awardees, urging them not to rest on their oars. She encouraged students to be worthy ambassadors of the department, institution and society at large.

In separate responses, the awardees appreciated the department for recognising their contribution in human resource development, and urged other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate their gestures.

Talent show and dance display by the students formed the high point of the occasion.

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