One Year In Office: VC, Prof. Iwe reels out massive impacts on MOUAU
The Vice-Chancellor, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe says his administration will continue to hinge on prudent management, fairness, friendship and partnership in order to move the institution forward.
Prof. Maduebibisi who expressed profound gratitude that his administration is making headway,
described his one year in office as a year of experience and impact.
Briefing Journalists in his office, Tuesday, at the conference hall, the Vice Chancellor, who described his first 364 days in office as being tough, inspite of achievements, divided same into two progressive components – soft and hard components.
According to him, the soft components include digitalization of university processes, information dissemination, students and staff welfare, alumni welfare through the implementation of the MOUAU Agric. Graduate Loan Scheme (MAGLS), partnerships in Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Meterological Agency, NiMet and National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), conflict resolution, and research and innovation.
“On the other hand, the hard components were on infrastructure development, commercialization of the university through bread, biscuit factory, filing station and commercial fish ponds, and procurement of vehicular and agricultural land equipment.”
Speaking further, he explained that the inaugural and other public lectures had remained ceaseless, while students of the University have excelled in national debates and quiz competitions.
Meanwhile, the one year in the office also featured a novelty football match and media tour where the Vice-Chancellor with his management team took the newsmen around the University to inspect on-going projects and the foundation laying of new facilities.
Speaking expressly, he said: “It has been a bittersweet one year. I must say, one that accommodated the good, the bad and the ugly. While we relish the good, we must find ways to confront the bad and the ugly head-on, by working hard and diligently, while seeking God’s provision, protection and guidance. Dear friends and colleagues, although we are not there yet, I am optimistic of the years ahead.
” I say again that we can achieve a lot and be remembered when we are no longer here for reaching beyond ourselves, to overcome the selfish distractions that tie us down; striving for the things that matter; and digging into the inner recesses of the gifts and talents God has given us to serve and promote the interests of this great University and mankind”.
Prof. Iwe reiterated that the efforts of his administration would continue to hold tenaciously on prudent management, fairness, friendship and partnership, physical development, research and innovation, staff and students’ welfare and Information and Communication Technology.
“I am delighted to inform you that we have some significant breakthroughs in healthcare delivery. A well-equipped surgical theater has been established at the Health Services Department of the University and; the University’s Health Service Department has been accredited by the National Health Insurance Scheme to perform surgery in obstetrics and gynecology. This means that pregnant women within the University community can now receive world class medical care”, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe further disclosed.
He maintained that the University under his watch would continue to pursue its vision of building a knowledge-giving, society-conscious-and-satisfying world class University; in which competent and committed staff shall consistently produce competent graduates, equipped with entrepreneurial, problem-solving acumen, social skills and capacities.
Highlights of the ceremony was the presentation of NTA Hall of Fame award, to the Vice Chancellor, by Eze Ben Oriaku, the Chairman, Traditional Rulers of Land Donor Communities Hosting Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU and National Root Crop Research Institute, NRCRI, while Mr. Leo Chigbo Adieze, the Executive Producer of the package witnessed.
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