The Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Prof. Sunday Elom has assured staff that everyone will be given a sense of belonging in the University irrespective of their ethnic and religious group.
The Vice-Chancellor made this known yesterday when the Forum for Unity and Progress (AUP), an umbrella body of staff of the University who are not from the Igbo ethnic group, paid him a courtesy call.
“Everyone is important in this system. Everybody has a role to play and every staff will be given a sense of belonging in the University irrespective of their ethnic or religious group”, the Vice-Chancellor said.
He also assured the staff that under his watch no one will be discriminated against because of his ethnicity or religion, adding that he will work together with everybody for the progress of the University.
“We will work together for the unity and progress of AE-FUNAI. We will continue to preach and practice one Nigeria in this university
“The University is for all Nigerians including non-Nigerians, because we still have students from neighboring countries like Cameroun and Ghana studying here. Let me assure you, there will not be any attempt to marginalize any group”, he concluded.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the President of the Forum for Unity and Progress, Mr. William Osatuyi, noted that it was the culture of the association to visit the Vice-Chancellors of the University to pledge their support and loyalty, adding that the visit was to congratulate Prof. Elom on his emergence as the 3rd Vice-Chancellor of the University.
“We are part of this administration and we pledge our support and loyalty to your administration”, he said.
Continuing, he added that the Forum was established during the tenure of the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the University, late Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, explaining that the essence was to work together in unity for the progress of the institution where they are working.