The Vice Chancellor of Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba said the institution is making steady progress in its drive to become a reputable hub of learning and research.

The Vice Chancellor made this known yesterday during a press briefing to mark the commencement of activities to herald the second convocation ceremony of the University slated for Tuesday, 19th December, 2017.

“If you were here last year you would have noticed the  great improvement going on now in the University especially in the area of road construction”, he said.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba (8th R), DVC, Professor Sunday Elom and Registrar, Mrs. Odisa C. Okeke with members of the Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria, Ebonyi State Chapter after the pre-convocation press briefing yesterday

He maintained that he was committed to taking the University to greater heights, vowing to sustain the tempo of infrastructural development and academic expansion going on in the University. He also used the opportunity to thank President Mohammadu Buhari for approving Ecological Fund intervention in the University which led to the on-going roads and drainages construction in the institution.

Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba speaking at the event while the DVC, Professor Sunday Elom looks on with keen interest

The University helmsman further called on good-spirited individuals, non-governmental organizations and private investors to partner the University in constructing students’ hostels in order to bridge the gap in accommodation, noting that the University cannot do it alone.

“Government cannot provide everything for our students. That is why we are open and calling on individuals and organizations, including the Nigeria Union of Journalist to partner with us to build hostels in the University”, he stated.

He stressed the importance of public-private partnership in solving some of the infrastructural challenges facing Nigeria Universities, noting that the Federal Government is quite in support of it.

On the forthcoming convocation ceremony, Professor Nwajiuba stated that         Chief John Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo would be speaking in the Convocation Lecture on National Reconciliation and the Role of Universities while the wife of the first President of Nigeria, Prof. (Mrs.) Uche Azikiwe would chair the occasion.

He added that the University would be turning-out 245 graduates at this year’s convocation ceremony, saying that his joy was not necessarily in the number but the quality of the individuals.

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