VC INDUCTS NEW STUDENT UNION GOVERNMENT EXCO
The Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, yesterday inducted the newly elected Students Union Government (SUG) at the university Senate Chamber.
Speaking during the induction, The Dean, Student Affairs, Dr. Otu Otu Akanu introduced winners of the recently held 2019 SUG elections and gave detailed criteria for candidates to qualify for the elections. He noted that sixty three (63) students obtained forms for the election and went through the two levels of screening developed by the committee on SUG elections which included security and non-security screening.
Dr. Otu stated that the security screening was conducted on three levels which involved the State intelligence Bureau (SIB) Screening, The Department of State Security (DSS) Screening and the University anti-cult squad screening whereby some candidates were disqualified by the DSS and SIB with reasons being attached in the official report to be presented to the Vice-Chancellor. At the end of the screening, sixty students were cleared to partake in the election process.
Recall that the election which was held on the 9th of July 2019 was monitored closely by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, Prof. Sunday Elom, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Admin. Prof. Philip Omoke, the Registrar, Odisa C Okeke (Mrs), Director Quality Assurance, NANS, Police, DSS, and SIB. Chima Solomon Chijioke emerged winner of the SUG Presidential election with a total of 1371 votes as against two other opponents. DSA added that the election was transparent and fair due to the pro activeness of the committee, who made some new changes to prevent rigging .
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nwajiuba , before inducting the students took time to interact and advise the EXCO’s on the importance and sensitivity of their offices. He stated that leadership is divine and a leader who deliberately misleads the people only incurs the wrath of God. He further advised that leadership was created by God and it comes with responsibilities. “You must be studious; when people assume offices in Nigeria they don’t rise up to the expected responsibility. For you to lead, it means you know the way. Leadership is not about yourself but about who you lead. You lead based on the challenges and problems at the time you are leading”.
The issue of school fees is non-negotiable, he added. The students took their oath of office and were inducted as new SUG officials.