On Monday 18th November 2019, Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Sunday Elom, Commissioned a Pitch Stone Pond Project, constructed and donated to Fishery and Aquaculture Department in the Faculty of Agriculture, AE-FUNAI, by Miss Chisom Chijioke, who just concluded  National Youth Service Corps primary assignment in the University.

DVC, Prof. Elom commissioning the Pond

The commissioning was witnessed by Director, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), Dr. Adeolu Adewale, who represented  Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. I. Osakwe, HOD, Fishery and Aquaculture, Dr. Ogueji Emmanuel and other staff and students of the University.

DVC, and other university officers taking a look at the Pitch Stone Pond

In his opening remarks, Prof. Elom welcomed all present at the event and thanked the ex-Corps member, Miss Chijioke, who served in Batch C of 2018/2019 NYSC programme, for remembering and appreciating her place of primary assignment by donation of a project of such magnitude. He also expressed profound gratitude to Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, on behalf of VC, Prof. Nwajiuba and University Management for supporting and providing the enabling environment that made it possible for the donor to achieve the feat, adding that anyone who study Agricultural Science and understand the practice has no business looking for white collar job but should be an employer of labour. He further stated that the University looks forward to having self-sufficient Agricultural Farm.

DVC, Prof. Elom appreciating the donor, Miss Chijioke

Speaking at the event, Dr. Adeolu expressed delight that the project was completed, pointing out that Miss Chijioke embarked on the project to support  Vice-Chancellor’s vision of having a dependable and sustainable Agricultural Farm in AE-FUNAI. He further said the project helped tremendously during the recent accreditation exercise.

Dr. Ogueji, HOD, Fishery and Aquaculture, said the initiator of the project served in his department, and that the department supported her in making sure the project was completed.

Group photograph at the Agric farm

In her vote of thanks, Miss Chisom appreciated staff and students present at the event for coming, saying that she was inspired to carry out the project when she found out that the department used a Mobile Trampoline Pond, which could easily wear out with time, iterating that the Pitch Stone Pond would stand the taste of time. She further appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and the University for giving her opportunity and privilege to serve in the University and for providing the enabling environment that made the project a dream come true.

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