The Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne has assured the Abia State Cycling Association, the maximum support of the University in her proposed cycling competition coming up soon.
Professor Ikonne who gave the assurance when the Association paid him a courtesy call, thanked the Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD for introducing a module of Government that is holistic, involving all aspects of human developments, assuring that whatever programme the Governor brings out, has the full support of the University.
He stated further, that the University terrain is good for the sports, and commended the First Lady Deaconess Nkechi Ikpeazu for being very athletic and supportive to many sports programmes that promotes healthy living as well as empower the youths.
Earlier, the leader of the group, who is also the south East Coordinator of the Cycling Federation Association, Elder Comrade Ezebunwa Ubani commended the Vice-Chancellor for his achievements so far, especially improving the ranking of the institution among state Universities to the 3rd position currently.
He stated that the Association came to introduce to the Vice-Chancellor, a programme that will attend to many Health challenges of our people and will empower the youths, explaining that the programme is so dear to the Governor, and invited the University Management to cue into it.
Also speaking, the State Chairman of the Association Dr (Mrs.) Elizabeth Esochaghi, said the Governor has instructed that cycling be introduced into our sports curriculum, to return our children back to the culture of Bicycle Riding.
She maintained that Cycling should be a recreational as well as a kind of business, requesting the competition to be organized within the University and winners will be groomed for Professional and International competitions.
In a vote of thanks, a member of the team, Mrs. Priscilla Umeham thanked the Vice-Chancellor for accepting to receive them within a short notice, while applauding his sports promotional activities, especially the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu Victory Nsulu Football Tournament.
The principal officers were present at the meeting.