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WE WILL CLOSE RANKS WITH AE-FUNAI MANAGEMENT FOR SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT OF VARSITY – IKWO LG CHAIRMAN, NWANKWO

The Executive Chairman, Ikwo Local Government Area, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo has promised to close ranks with the management of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, to ensure the security of lives and property within and around the campus, and the development of the university.

The Chairman gave the assurance yesterday when he led the leadership of the Council and other strategic stakeholders of the Ikwo Noyo Clan, made up of traditional rulers, past and present political office holders and youth groups on a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Sunday Elom.

VC, Prof. Sunday Elom in a welcome handshake with the Executive Chairman, Ikwo Local Government Area, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo during the visit

 

While delivering a speech themed: “Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Development”, Nwankwo noted that the sole purpose of the visit was to re-establish a synergy for a better work environment and relationship between the host communities and the university.

He commended the institution under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor for being one of the fastest growing universities in Nigeria, pledging that the people of IKwo Noyo clan will close ranks with the university to ensure the continuous growth and development of the institution.

He also noted that the establishment of the University in Ikwo Local Government Area has made the local government to be on the global map, with so many employment, admission and other benefits to the people of the area.

Executive Chairman, Ikwo Local Government Area, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo speaking during the courtesy call

 

Nwankwo maintained that since inception, the University has produced  high-quality graduates with the relevant capacities to meet local and national needs, adding that the institution is also reputed for its zero tolerance to cultism, examination malpractices and other social vices.

He further vowed to establish an inter-agency security committee involving the military, police, Department of State Service (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to work in conjunction with the university and members of the host community to ensure the security of lives and property within and around the university campus.

A cross section of Ikwo Noyo stakeholders at the event

 

In his response, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Elom, commended the Chairman and his entourage for the visit and thanked him for his assurances and promises, which according the him, addressed some of the challenges the University is presently facing in the hands of some members of the host community, and pledged to work with the stakeholders to ensure mutual benefits for both the university and the Ikwo people.

He appealed to the Ikwo stakeholders to prevail on the indigenes of the host communities to stop further hostilities against the university, and the building of new structures within the campus, as it is impeding the seamless development of the institution.

VC, Prof. Sunday Elom speaking at the event

 

The Vice-Chancellor also urged the chairman to continue to engage with the people to consider the overall benefits of the university to the Ikwo Noyo clan beyond their individual interests, adding that the University has come to stay in their community, hence the need to support its unhindered growth and development.

He assured that the University will continue to collaborate with the host community to ensure the sustainable development of Ndufu-Alike community in particular and Ikwo Noyo clan in general.

The highlight of the visit was a presentation of an award of excellence to the  Vice- Chancellor by the Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area. 

VC, Prof. Sunday Elom (5th L) in a group photograph with some of the Ikwo Noyo stakeholders led by the Executive Chairman of Ikwo LGA, Barr. Sunday Nwankwo (4th L)