IKWO LEADERS OF THOUGHT VISIT FUNAI, PLEDGE SUPPORT
The leaders of thought in Ikwo Noyo clan, the University’s host community, yesterday paid an official visit to the institution, pledging their unalloyed support to the development of the University.
The delegation which was led by HRM Eze Dominic Aloh, Erimogudu111 of Amagu included the Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Elder John N. Nnaba, Chief Whip of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon Chike Imo Ogiji, foremost politician, Chief Okeagu Ogada, Chief Francis Igwe and other stakeholders from Umuaka, Alike, Echara, Mgbafo and Okpuitumo, the five communities that make up Ikwo clan.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Eze Aloh stated that the visit was to interface and interact with the University Management, noting that the Ikwo people were overwhelmed with joy for having the University situated in their land.
He also extolled the virtues of the Vice Chancellor of the University,Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, for the massive infrastructural development going on in the institution, adding that in a short while the University would be ranked among the best in the country.
“From the University gate it is obvious that a Daniel has come to Judgment in this University”, he stated.
The royal father further stressed that the Ikwo community is educationally disadvantaged, enjoining the University Management to remember the indigenes in job and admission opportunities, avowing to continue to promote and ensure peaceful coexistence between the University and the locals.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Elder Nnaba maintained that they were in the University for good, not to pick quarrel with the University Management, but to solicit their support to improve the lives of sons and daughters of Ikwo.
Underscoring the socio-economic importance of the University to Ikwo people, Chief Ogada enjoined the Vice Chancellor to continue his good works in trying to take the University to greater heights, noting that the siting of the institution in Ikwo land was an answered prayer to years of utter neglect.
“I have no fear and doubt that this University will be taken to greater heights.
“There are lots of infrastructural developments in the University”, he said.
He regretted the inability of the stakeholders to have visited the University before now, vowing that the community will continue to interact and support the University.
“As good host community, we want to assure you that we will not be distant from you again. We will work as partners in progress, but please do not be tired of us”, he concluded.
Hon Ogiji in his remarks extolled the Vice Chancellor for his passion which has metamorphosed into many developmental projects springing up in the University, urging him not to rest on his oars while also pleading for increased admission quota and employment opportunities for Ikwo indigenes.
Chief Igwe on his part advised the University Management to continue to engage the people of Ikwo through their development unions and the University-Host Community Relations Committee in order to have sustained peace in the University community.
“What we have seen here today shows that you have come to Ikwo to work. But please, do not hesitate to invite and discuss with the community for the overall good of the University”, he stressed.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nwajiuba expressed the appreciation of the University for the continued peaceful coexistence between it and the host community, noting that the University would drive the development of Ikwo land.
“This University has come to be the main driver of development of Ikwo land. We are in a hurry to develop this place and our doors will remain open for consultation because we cannot do it alone”, the Vice Chancellor said.
He maintained that he was in the University to build and make friends, and thanked many Ikwo sons like Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, that have contributed to the development of the University through their material support.
He further urged the leaders of thought to prevail on the indigenes to support the infrastructural development going on in the University by vacating portions of the University land, pledging to use dialogue and negotiation to solve the problems.
“We are relying on you to communicate to the villagers to support the development going on in the University by peacefully vacating the University land and to be patient and tolerant of our students”, he said.
He also noted that many Ikwo sons and daughters were already occupying high positions in the University while the bulk of junior staff was Ikwo indigenes, and pledged to continue to consider qualified Ikwo indigenes for more admission and employment opportunities taking into cognizance the rules and regulations guiding such activities.
The visit is symbolic as it was the first time since the establishment of the University that stakeholders in Ikwo land visited the institution as a group to show solidarity to the University