We are Training Students with Sense of Responsibility – FUNAI VC

The Vice Chancellor of Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba said the institution is interested in turning out responsible and enterprising graduates, not just individuals with only academic knowledge.

Prof. Nwajiuba stated this yesterday during a get-together organized by the Parents Relations and Alumni Office to celebrate the graduating students of the University, Class of 2017, to usher them into the FUNAI Alumni Association.

A cross section of the graduating students at the event

Stressing the importance of integrity and character in attaining sustainable success, Prof. Nwajiuba urged the outgoing students to showcase the sterling qualities the University has imbued them with to the outside world in their respective fields.

The Vice Chancellor further maintained that the University Management was prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that they were deployed to National Youth Service Corp before the end of this year.

“We are not interested in graduating people who will stay one year or more at home waiting to be mobilized for National Youth Service Corp

“The University is getting better and in no distant future we will have a campus people should be proud of”, he said.

VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba speaking at the event

He equally praised the prospective graduands for remaining steadfast to the ideals of the University despite the numerous challenges they might have encountered in the course of their studies, noting that in no distant future, they would discover the benefits they had gained for studying in FUNAI.

On that note, the Vice Chancellor directed that the N20, 000 caution fees the students were made to pay before accessing accommodation in the University hostels be refunded to those who neither defaced their rooms nor destroyed items therein; adding that after a careful audit of the University hostels students that were found to have destroyed anything would be surcharged.

Earlier, the Dean of Students Affairs, Dr. Charles Okolie and the Parents Relations and Alumni Officer, Ms. Eucharia Nwonu had charged the graduating students to be worthy ambassadors of the University, urging them to soar like eagles, be part of the alumni association and abstain from actions that could tarnish the image of the University and put their future in jeopardy.

“We are determined to graduating people who will be good ambassadors of the University- graduates that would be relevant to themselves and the world at large”, Okolie said.

DSA, Dr. Charles Okolie making his remarks at the event

Speaking on the topic: “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”, the Director, Centre for Development Assistance Management, Partnership and Training, Mr. Chris Uwadoka reminded the students that the University has equipped them to be owners of the horizons and kings of the limitless skies.

“You have been prepared to play on the global stage. As far as the University is concerned, you are world changers who are being unleashed upon a world that is in dire need of changers”, he enthused.

Drawing copious lessons from the University Logo, Anthem and Totem, he further urged them to take charge of their lives instead of leaving it to chance.

Director, CEDAMPAT, Mr. Chris Uwadoka presenting his lecture at the event

“As you prepare to wave your goodbye to this University, I encourage you to define your own horizon even before you take off. Living your life like a candle in the wind, as Sir Elton John sang is no way to take over tomorrow

“A well-formed FUNAITE is like the eagle in his/her acuity of vision, strength of character, unimaginable determination, attention to detail and capacity to deliver beyond his/her physical size.

“The University does not subscribe to a culture of ‘something for nothing’ and has in no way encouraged you in that direction. On the contrary, you have been trained in the concepts of hard work, smart work, deferred gratification, diligence, self-confidence, excellence, determination, discipline, focus and forthrightness”, he stated.

The highpoint of the event was the presentation of FUNAI memorabilia to the students by the Vice Chancellor, formerly ushering them into the family of the University as Alumni.

VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba presenting a FUNAI Souvenir to one of the graduating students, Elizabeth


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