NWOGHA SIMEON, Awka
A chartered Accountant and former Minister of Education, a proponent of BringBackOurGirls Campaign, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili has charged the tertiary institutions in the country to carve a niche for themselves and strive towards academic excellence.
Dr. Ezekwesili, who spoke at the first annual lecture held Friday by the Faculty of Biosciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, emphasized that educational institutions hold the key to national development and economic emancipation of every society.
She further urged university Vice Chancellors to remain focus and innovative, stressing that inculcating quality entrepreneurial skill into the students will not only make them employer of labour, but wealth creators and agents of change as well.
In a brief chat with newsmen after the lecture, Ezekwesili disclosed that the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is course, noting that she and the presidency has being having contact on the possibility of releasing the abducted Chibok Girls under the former president Jonathan’s administration. He expressed optimism that President Buhari who was a Military Head of State would know the best possible means of handling security issues in the country.
Responding, the Chief Host of the Annual Lecture and Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku maintained that the university is a citadel of learning where students are been transformed academically, entrepreneurially and otherwise.
Earlier speaking, the Dean, Faculty of Bioscience, Prof. Chibuzo Umeh, explained that the first annual lecture was aimed at honouring their staff who retired between 2010 till date.
Among the guest speakers at the event were Prof. Uche Amazigo, the Former Director of WHO/APOC, CEO-Pan African Community Initiative on Education and Health (PACIEH); and Prof. B.E.B Nwoke, Professor of Public Health Parasitology/Former Acting VC of Imo State University.
The high point of the occasion was the presentation of meritorious awards to the retirees in recognition of the services rendered to the university via the Biosciences department.