The Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Prof Joseph E. Ahaneku, has completed his two years in office this June with a retreat for all Principal Officers, Deans and Directors of the institution at the VC’s Lodge.
In his opening remarks during the retreat the VC said the retreat would afford him the opportunity to listen to all the directors and deans who he referred to as ‘Co-Managers’, on their achievements, challenges and plans for the future.
The Prof Ahaneku who insisted that all deans and directors, as top echelons of the University’s management should fully get involved in the running of the institution, adding that his ultimate aim is to make UNIZIK an entrepreneurial institution and pledged to always assist Faculties and Units which show exemplary determination and excellence.
While thanking the deans and directors for their hardwork and sacrifice for the University, he praised the Dean of Engineering, Prof C. C. Ihueze for winning and attracting the PTDF Research grant for this year.
Prof Ahaneku also eulogized Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna for donating a building (under construction) for the studio of the UNIZIK FM.
All the deans and directors in the University took turn to brief the VC and others on their achievements, challenges and future plans.
It would be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor cancelled all preparations for the marking of his second year in office; instead resorted to the quiet retreat. According to one of the participants, this Retreat is a mark of the rise of intellectualism for which the Ivory Tower is known.
In a vote of thanks, the director, General Studies Rev Fr Josephat Obi Oguejiofor thanked the Vice-Chancellor for inviting them for the interaction, stating that for the first time, the VC has fully restored the dignity of University culture which main aim is to proffer solutions to society’s problems.
Prof Oguejiofor also stated that the Retreat will afford the deans and directors the opportunity to learn new ideas in their service to the University.