The Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman Plateau State Council of Chiefs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba has been installed as the new Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
President Muhammadu Buhari carried out the investiture as part of activities marking the 10th combined Convocation ceremonies of the institution. Buhari who is the Visitor to the University, was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, OON.
The President in his address said that the Federal Government is working hard to address the challenges facing educational development in the country. He expressed confidence in the ability of the University’s new Chancellor to discharge his duties credibly. The President challenged universities in Nigeria to be at the vanguard of research, teaching and community service, so as to enhance the nation’s development in all fields of human endeavours.
Responding, the Chancellor expressed appreciation to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria for honouring him with the appointment. He added that he would use the position as Chancellor of the University to mobilize the goodwill of various stakeholders in order to support the management, staff and students of the University, to advance and attain the goals and objectives of the Institution.
The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano in his welcome address, congratulated the new Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and members of the University Community for a successful investiture. The Governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke commended the Vice-Chancellor for his efforts at taking the University to greater heights. He expressed hope that the present administration under the leadership of Prof. Ahaneku will promote academic excellence as well as infrastructural development in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS while congratulating the Chancellor on his appointment, pledged the loyalty and support of the entire University. He expressed optimism that the wealth of knowledge and experience of his majesty would be an invaluable asset to the University.
Highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of Honorary Doctorate degree (Public Administration) on the Chancellor and carnival parade in his honour.
Some other dignitaries present at the ceremony include: the Obi of Onitsha, his Majesty Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu Achebe who was the royal father of the day, Eze Uzu Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu, members of the University governing council, clergy men, Royal fathers, traditional Rulers and other dignitaries from all walks of life.