The Governor, and Visitor to Abia State University (ABSU) Uturu, Okezie Ikpeazu, Ph.D has commended the Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Uche Ikonne and the University Community for the Book written in his Honour, titled- ” THE SCHOLAR IN GOVERNANCE- A KALEIDOSCOPE ON OKEZIE VICTOR CHIBUIKEM IKPEAZU, Ph.D.
The Governor made the commendation during the Presentation of the Book at the International Conference Centre Umuahia, on Monday, August 6th 2018.
He expressed Satisfaction on the Administration of Professor Ikonne, and commended the Staff and Students, of the University for maintaining an Uninterrupted Academic Calendar for three years, which has greatly improve the quality and rating of the University in recent times.
The Governor explained that one of his greatest achievements is the complete reversal of the thinking and psyche of our Small Scale Manufacturers in Aba to be proud of their products, and assured Leaders and Abians of his Commitment to serve them better.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, and Vision Bearer of the Book Project, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, applauded what he described as the Unprecendented Executive Humility of the Governor, who applied and accepted to teach Students of the University, “Pro- bono” in his chosen field of Bio Chemistry.
He also pointed out, that because of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s Promotion and Intervention, made in Aba products, are now accepted in Nigeria and all over the world, which he said, only a Scholar in Governance like him could achieve.
Professor Ikonne, further revealed other achievements of the Governor, especially the intrinsic values he brought to Governance, which attracted the Academic Community to write a book on him.
Earlier, the Chairman on the occasion, His Excellency, Chief Emeka Anyaoku-Former Secretary General of the Common wealth of Nations, said, Governor Ikpeazu has combined Intellectualism with Visionary Pragmatism, and advised he hold on to the good works he is doing.
The book Reviewer, Professor Blessing C. Didia, Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University, explained that the book is an eloquent Testimony of hard work and determination of the Governor, and a candid appreciation of the Stewardship of him by the Author.
According to him, ” From the content of the book, it is obvious that all hope is not lost, and Nigerian Society stands the chance of being redeemed, with the likes of Okezie Ikpeazu, in Governance”.
In their seperate contributions, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwa, Elder Statesmen, Professor Joe Irukwu, and General Ike Nwachukwu, rtd, celebrated the achievements of the Governor, within a short time in office, as well as the dynamic and Visionary Leadership of Professor Ikonne in Abia State University.
Highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the Book, and formal Presentation to the Governor, who was accompanied by wife, and other dignitaries.
The event was graced by celebrated Leaders from all walks of life, including Governors from other states, the Academia, Top Government Officers, the Clergy, Traditional Rulers, Corporate Leaders, ABSU Senate, Staff and Students, and Abians from different parts of the State.