FUNAI VC COUNSELS PIONEER OUT-GOING STUDENTS
The vice Chancellor of Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, has counselled the pioneer graduating students of the University to be good ambassadors of the institution.
Professor Nwajiuba gave the charge while speaking at a ceremony organised to bid farewell to the pioneer students of the University in Ikwo, Ebonyi State.
The Vice Chancellor stressed that the pioneer out-going students should represent the logo of the University to the outside world which is a white soaring eagle on top of a fountain resting on salt in a clay pot.
He described the students as “the soaring eagles of FUNAI who must choose their passion, areas of emphasis, field of excellence and above all, possess enabling values and character”.
Professor Nwajiuba commended them for overcoming the initial odds and deprivations occasioned by pioneering to graduate and wished them greatness, success and excellence in their live endeavours while reminded them not to forget FUNAI, their alma mater.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the pioneer out-going students had been tutored and mentored by excellent lecturers and were being released to soar as the eagles, the king of birds, in peace and confidence, dominating their environment.
In a lecture to mark the occasion, a visiting Professor to the University, Professor Betram Ekejiuba Nwoke, enjoined the out-going students to exhibit the characteristics of the eagle as displayed in the University logo, which marked it out as special and distinct.
According to him, “eagles are living symbols of power, freedom, transcendence, beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace” contending that the out-going students should exhibit these traits in their daily lives.
The Professor of Public Health Parasitology and Epidemology and former acting Vice Chancellor of Imo State University, charged the pioneer students to be focused, tenacious and discriminatory as the eagle and as well soar higher than others both in character, scholarship and conduct.
Professor Nwoke lauded the found fathers FUNAI for their vision, and the drive and determination of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, to create a world-class university in the rural community of Ikwo and contended that if the out-going students exhibited all the qualities of an eagle the sky would be their limit.
The occasion featured the inauguration of FUNAI Alumni Association and the handing over of bannerettes to the President, Vice President and Secretary of the Association by the Vice Chancellor.
Other activities marking the send-off of the pioneer students included a novelty football match, workshop on Entrepreneurship and Development organised by the Entrepreneurship and Employability Centre.
Speakers included the Special Adviser to the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Chris Uwadoka who spoke on Developing Employability Skills; Dr. Ihuoma Anyanwu who also spoke on Writing of CVs and Cover Letter; while Professor Ike-Elechi Ogba spoke on Works Ethics and Corporate etiquette.
Other topics included The role of Mentorship by Dr. Chris Ogwa; How to shine in an interview by Mr. Nnaemeka Nwachukwu; “The use of ICT in job hunting and networking by Dr. Clement Otor, Exploring further studies abroad by Dr Onyeka Anekwe and Reflection and advice to students by Dr. Frank Nwabue.