The Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne has reaffirmed the determination of the University Administration to continue to prioritize the welfare of Students of the University through provision of municipal services and conducive environment for learning and research.
The Vice-Chancellor who disclosed this during an interactive session with officials of the Students’ Union Government and Students’ Representatives Council (SRC) further said that all Professional and other Academic Programmes of the University enjoy full Accreditation status by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and their professional regulatory bodies, unlike what obtains in other Universities.
He commended the Governor and Visitor to the University, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D for his unprecedented financial and moral support to the University and the Students, including the Governor’s approval for reduction of fees payable by Abia State indigenes in the University by ten thousand naira, on presentation of evidence of tax payment by their parents or sponsors. The Governor was also commended for his assistance in ensuring the improved ranking of Abia State University to 3rd among State Universities and 45th among the over 200 Universities in Nigeria, from 93rd on assumption of office of the Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, in December 2015.
The Vice-Chancellor described as unacceptable the situation where less than 35% of returning students and less than 20% of final year students have paid fees and registered their courses, contrary to approved Academic Regulation of the University.
In their separate speeches, the President, Students’ Union Government, Onyenso Chukwunyere and Speaker, Students’ Representative Council, Amajuoyi Wisdom commended the Vice-Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, on his monumental academic and infrastructural achievements in the University since his assumption of office and pledged to fully support his “Change Agenda”. They expressed regret on the poor performance of their colleagues in payment of fees and promised to further sensitize them on the need to pay up and register their courses in line with approved academic regulations.