We are committed to Peace and Development of FUNAI – Host Community
The host community of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi, State, the Ndufu-Alike autonomous community, has reiterated their irrevocable commitment to the peaceful coexistence of their people and members of the university community and the development of the institution.
They made this known yesterday when some strategic stakeholders of the community led by Hon. Chukwu Abel Kelechi and Chief Ambassador Francis Igwe paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba.
Speaking during the visit, Hon. Chukwu noted that their visit was to discuss possible ways of strengthening the already existing cordial relationship between their community and the University.
He maintained that their community is peace-loving, and pledged their continued support to the development of the University. He also extolled the Vice Chancellor for the numerous transformational projects going on in the institution, adding that the University was on its way to international recognition because of its wonderful academic activities and infrastructural renaissance.
He also used the opportunity that solicit the intervention of the University Management in providing more job and admission opportunities for the indigenes of their community even as he also appealed to the University to support their efforts in getting compensation from the Ebonyi State government for the land they donated for the establishment of the institution in 2011.
Other speakers including Chief Igwe, Apostle Emma Mbam and Hon. Dave Onuoha also commended the Vice Chancellor for his forthrightness and peaceful disposition in dealing with members of the host community especially those who are still living within the University premises and advised him to engage their people in more regular discussions to avoid mutual suspicion.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nwajiuba assured them of the University’s support in dealing with some of their challenges, adding that he has decided not to force any occupant out of the University premises but to work-out peaceful means of resolving the problems.
“We insist on having a good relationship with our host community. We will never quarrel with you”, the Vice Chancellor stated.
He also maintained that it was not the duty of the University to pay land compensation but that of the State government who surveyed and handed over the land to the federal government for the establishment of the University, and advised the occupants of the university land to leave now as infrastructural development is already sweeping across the campus.
On the issues of employment and admission opportunities the Vice Chancellor noted that the University has done well, as many sons and daughters of the community have been employed to work or admitted to study in the University and promised to do more taking into cognizance of the government policies governing both matters.