The Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University Uturu (ABSU), Distinguished Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu have called for stronger bond of unity and cooperation among all the Alumni Associations of Abia State University for better synergy in the development of their alma-mater.
The Vice-Chancellor who was speaking during the 2022 Annual General meeting /fund raising dinner and flag-off of the proposed Tree planting Project in ABSU, held in Abuja, by Zenith Environmental and Social Protection Network (ZESPRONET), an ABSU Alumni Association, commended the Association for their unprecedented partnership with the University, citing particularly the ultra-modern Post Graduate Hostel which the Association started and completed in twelve (12) months record time, among other achievements in the University.
As great stakeholders in the University, the Vice-Chancellor added, the contributions of the Alumni to the development of their alma-mater cannot be over-emphasized and therefore prayed for a better cohesion and unity among ABSU Alumni Associations all over the world, to optimize their support to the University, assuring of a reunited National Alumni Association of the University in the coming months.
He disclosed that his predecessor and the Abia State PDP 2023 Gubernatorial Candidate, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, set a very high standard of achievement in the University and having worked closely with him for years, he will sustain and elevate the phenomenal positive changes of the previous administration to new level.
The Vice-Chancellor thanked ZESPRONET for the investiture as a Patron of the Association and solicited their support towards changing the mindset of people on the cost of providing quality education especially in public Universities which requires some upward adjustments.
Earlier in his address, the International President, ZESPRONET, Boris Emeka Orji, while welcoming the guests, explained that the Association is a charity organization that provides humanitarian services to her Alma-mater as well as community and corporate social responsibility with leadership based on conviction.
Enumerating the achievements of ZESPRONET in the six years of existence to include, building and donating an Eighty million naira (N80,000,000.00) Post Graduate Hostel commissioned by the Governor and Visitor to the University, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu PhD, during the combined 27th and 28th convocation ceremony of the University, sponsorship of awards to some best graduating students in different disciplines, sponsorship of public enlightenment jingles at the on-set of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and making members to imbibe the spirit of giving and charity as second nature.Speaking further he said, “Tonight among other things, we invited you to celebrate with us on the little successes of six years and while at it, implore you to join us as we take another leap of faith and embark on two huge projects, both in Abia State University and Imo State University”
The ZESPRONET President appreciated the former Vice-Chancellor and Grand Patron of ZESPRONET, Professor E. Uche Ikonne for believing in them and for showing exemplary leadership and vision, as well as the current Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, who he described as “another progressive and egalitarian academic” and the Vice-Chancellor of Imo State University, Professor Uche Chukwumaeze, SAN, an Alumnus of Abia State University.
Highpoint of the event was the investiture of Patrons of ZESPRONET to the Vice-Chancellor of ABSU, Professor Onyemachi M. Ogbulu, and his Imo State University counterpart, Professor Uchechuwu U. Chukwumaeze Ph.D SAN, and presentation of certificates of appreciation to the Governing Council ABSU, and other individuals and organizations who contributed towards the building of the ABSU Post Graduate Hostel in the University. The dinner event was attended by notable ABSU Alumni members within and outside the shores of Nigeria, with the Head of Service, Abia State Government, Sir Onyi Nwama, and Registrar, Abia State University Dr. Acho Elendu also gracing the occasion.