UNIZIK VC Re-affrirms Commitment to make Institution Best in Africa.
The Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, FAS has again reiterated his commitment towards raising the global visibility of the University such that at the end of his tenure, the University would become one of the best five hundred universities in the world, one of the best one hundred universities in Africa and the best university in Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor stated this at the 2016/2017 Matriculation Ceremony for the newly admitted students, held in front of the Festus Nwako Library arena recently.
The Vice-Chancellor while declaring the ceremony open, congratulated the matriculating students, parents and guardians for the opportunity of being in the University. He therefore urged the new students to make judicious use of their stay in the University and to shun all social vices that could mar their stay, stressing that his administration is harnessing all resources, human and material, from within and outside the University in pursuit of the actualization of the mission and vision of his administration.
He reminded the students of the various facilities put in place in the University in order to provide a congenial learning environment for them. Some of the facilities include a work-aid scheme to assist some indigent and physically challenged students. The University he stressed has also instituted a Group Personal Insurance Scheme, which covers death, permanent disability or illness of the student or his/her sponsor. Well equipped hostels with common rooms and access to DSTV cable network, all geared towards promoting a congenial environment for development in character and learning.
Prof. Ahaneku further admonished the students on the importance of payment of fees, attendance to lectures, as well as avoiding some vices that could lead to suspension or total expulsion. Some of these vices include; examination misconduct, certificate forgery, cultism, robbery, rape amongst others.
High point of the Ceremony was the declaration of loyalty by the matriculating students and oath-taking on secret cults led by the Dean, Students’ Affairs, Prof. Stan Udedi.
The event was attended by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the DVC (Academic) Prof. Charles Esimone, the DVC (Administration), Prof. Carol Arinze-Umeobi, the University Registrar, Dr. I. H. Isidienu, the University Librarian, Prof. Obiora Nwosu, Ag. University Bursar, Mrs. Joy Ojukwu, Council Members, the Deans of Faculties, who presented the admitted students of their faculties to the VC in alphabetical order, Directors of Units, Clergies, Parents, Gentlemen of the Press.
Over 7,820 (seven thousand eight hundred and twenty) students were admitted into the University and the matriculation exercise brought to a formal close the 2016/2017 admission exercise.