The Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku has been installed as a fellow, Academy of Environmental Health by the Nigerian Academy of Environmental Health Scientists.
Prof. Ahaneku alongside the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) Dr. Dominic Ojiabor Abonyi, were installed as Fellows of the Academy. The event which attracted members of the Academy as well as Environmental health officers was held at the Council Chambers of the university. The delegation was led by the president of the Academy, Prof. Agwu Amadi.
Speaking at the event, the Vice-President of the academy, Prof. Godson Ana stated that history is being made in Nnamdi Azikiwe University as the occasion marked the official flagging off of some of the issues concerning the academy. According to him, “The choice and name of the institution is very historic and very strategic. It is a coincidence that the university named after Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria is playing host to the first outing of the academy”.
“Environmental Health has metamorphosed over the years from the initial issues of hygiene, sanitation waste disposal to trans-boundary movement of chemicals, green, energy, chemistry and climate change. “Our desire and expectation will be that arising from this gathering, it would not just amount to ceremonies in the past, it would be followed up with proactive activities and actions that will cause necessary changes in the country”.
Moreso, he said that in Nigeria, we always wait for outbreak of different diseases and pump resources to handle the epidemics. The Government should prioritize and make budgetary provision to the environmental health sector which is fundamental in addressing issues of environmental health. We need to make our presence highly desirously felt.
He further disclosed that the VC and Prof. Abonyi were selected because of their passion, doggedness, commitment and singular effort in promoting skills acquisition, training and propagation of the discipline in the university.
In his remarks, Prof. Ahaneku expressed his joy over the honour, stating that it is a call to greater action. He noted that the wellness of Nigerians should be of utmost priority.
In his words, “We must continue to pursue the wellness of this nation through this call, to continue to work for humanity; we need to activate and conscientize our people in order to pursue this wonderful goal. He noted that the University’s doors are open to collaborate with stakeholders nationally, regionally and globally.
Members of the delegate include; Prof. M. K. C Sridhar, Yakubu Mohammed Baba, Dr. Chinasa Amadi, Dr. U. Zacchaeus, Dr. T.I.N Ezejiofor and Dr. Elizabeth Oloruntoba.