His royal Majesty (Igwe) Dr. K. O. Okonkwo, the Osuofia amansea and the new Education Committee of Amansea Development Union (ADU) paid a courtesy visit on the vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph. e. Ahaneku, FAS at his office recently.
Speaking on the visit, the traditional ruler, HRM Dr. K. O. Okonkwo said the aim of the visit was to solicit the sustenance of the cordial relationship that exists between the University Management and the community, being one of her hosts. The Igwe reiterated the commitment of the Community to supporting the University. He mentioned this while disassociating the Community from the families having court cases with the University. He said the Community leadership had tried all possible options and held several meetings with the families in a bid to persuade them to see reasons and agree to settle out of court, but they insisted that financial compensation be paid to them.
The Traditional Ruler added that one or two families cannot be depriving the whole Community the benefits she ought to derive from the University as a stakeholder, hence, he expressed hope that the visit will fully trigger off the reintegration of the Community into the programmes, projects and prospects of the University authority in all capabilities.
During the visit, Mr. Gabriel Ozo Okonkwo, the new President General of ADU, solicited the complete restoration of unity and confidence in Amansea Community. The Union also pledged total loyalty and maximum cooperation with the University Management and the entire University Community. He pleaded that the University should extend benefits such as; admissions to its indigenes, employment, contracts among others, to the Community.
Welcoming them, the vice-Chancellor appreciated the Traditional ruler for his effort at maintaining good relationship with the University. He also congratulated the new ADU Executive members, stating that the visit is a good beginning for the new administration. The Vice-Chancellor reiterated the University vision of being a model for a new University system, and a model for other Universities to emulate, hence the commitment to creating goodwill and rapport with the University community and stakeholders.
The Vice-Chancellor while acknowledging their requests, said the University will do whatever is in its capacity to help. He appreciated them for coming and expressed hope for a new beginning in the relationship with the community.
Other members of the ADU, education committee present at the visit were: Mr. Benjamin Anagoz, vice PG; Igwebuike sylvanus, Sec. ADU; Onwuzulume Celestine, Christopher Onyeyiaka, Nweke Gregory, and Chekwube Tony-Dunga.