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UNIZIK VC marks 2 years in office with 18 landmark projects

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The vice chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK), Professor Charles Esimone, on June 4, 2021 flagged off 18 projects to celebrate his two years in office.

The projects include the Unizik Molecular and Virology Laboratory sited in the institution’s Agulu Campus and the installation of 1,000 CCTV cameras across its campuses. 

Other projects sited at the main campus of the institution are the Unizik Commercial Golf Course, five students’ hostels, commercial motor park, Shopping Mall, commercial motor transport business, commercial block industry, palm oil mill, commercial toilet facilities, lock-up shops and guest house, staff quarters as well as water dam.

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Esimone assumed office on June 4, 2019 as the 6th substantive vice-chancellor of the institution, having been elected and announced VC on 14th May, 2019 by the 8th Governing Council of the university.  

The VC, who took a tour at some of the project sites with other principal officers of the university during the two-year anniversary/project flag off ceremony, said that the projects were in line with his dream of making the university not only the best in the country, but to be among the best 10 universities in Africa and within the best 200 in the world.

He said that projects such as the UNIZIK commercial motor transport business would provide safe means of transport to students while the university’s established vehicle maintenance facility will boost students’ capacity building and training.

Esimone said that the projects would be executed on public-private partnership basis with private investors and business ventures.

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Speaking during a special thanksgiving service at the Chapel of Redemption, Awka campus of the university after the site tour, the VC regretted that the period covering his second year in office was marred by lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as strike actions by members of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) respectively.

He, however, assured that he was resolute to march towards and actualise the Project 200 of the university.

“We are tackling human capacity development through our many capacity-development programmes. With the completion of my second year in office, we enter into our midterm office. In the first year of our administration, we laid the groundwork of action which we consolidated and expanded in my second year in office.

“In the third year and future years, we shall continue a relentless pursuit of the attainment of project 200. We shall continue to solicit the efforts of the staff and students of the university and the goodwill of all stakeholders in the affairs of the University,” he said. 

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Earlier, while congratulating the VC, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander C. Ibezim, in a sermon, urged the university to adopt policies that will eliminate moral and character decadence among the youths in the society.

By Lawrence Nwimo

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