The Vice-Chancellor, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Professor Sunday Elom has commended the staff and students of the Department of Architecture of the university for their generous donations of drawings tables, white boards, office desks, chairs and office tags to the department.
The Vice-Chancellor who gave the commendation yesterday during a presentation by the Ag. Head of the department, Arc. Patterson Ohaegbu, noted that the donors exhibited good-spiritedness in support of the work being done by the university management in their department despite the paucity of fund in the university system.
The donation came at a time the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Sunday Elom is advocating for a Cost-Sharing Option in the funding of public universities in Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor is of the view that government alone cannot adequately fund universities; stressing that collaborative efforts of all major stakeholders – government, parents, management and organized private sector are critical for sustainable funding of universities.
Representing the Vice-Chancellor at the event, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Abel Ezeoha said the Vice-Chancellor is pleased with the personal contributions of the staff and students towards the growth of their department.
He also noted that the donations were testaments of their love and passion for their discipline, and therefore encouraged them to be committed to their studies in order to graduate in flying colours, as that will be the only way their donations would be worthwhile.
Earlier while making the presentation, Arc. Ohaegbu, stated that they were encouraged to support the vision of the university due to the passion they have for their department and the university, adding that his desire is to have a serious-minded department that could turn-out well-grounded graduates.
He further noted that the students of the department are well-behaved and do not dress indecently as they have zero tolerance for indiscipline, misconducts and indecent behaviours.
Also, speaking at the event, the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Professor Godwin O. Irivweieri, praised the students for their thoughtfulness, even as he encouraged them to take their studies seriously.