In what looks like a Father Christmas event, the Vice Chancellor, Abia State University, Professor E. Uche Ikonne, in his usual benevolence and magnanimity, on behalf of his wife, Lady(Barrister) Uzoamaka Uche Ikonne, from personal resources, showered various gifts, ranging from bags of rice, wrappers, blenders, footwares, and other household items to over 100 non- teaching staff members of the University, during a town hall meeting with him, at the University Auditorium.
Delivering a short sermon to commence the programme, Rev. Ugochukwu Ihechukwu, of the Anglican communion, who spoke on the topic ” OUR PROGRESS, YOUR PROGRESS” pointed out four things, a staff ought to do in order to progress alongside the University to include, Recognizing the task ahead, Remainining dutiful, Respecting authority, and always Remembering to render account, stating that anyone who follows these principles, will definitely be rewarded with progress in his/ her career in the University, and thereafer.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Professor E.Uche Ikonne, thanked the staff for their cooperation in their respective duty posts, particularly commending the Registrar, Dr(Mrs) Evelyn Iheukwumere, and the Bursar, Mr Chuks Nwogwugwu, for the professionalism and innovativeness, which they have brought to the system, to make administration and quality service delivery easier and faster.
He charged members of staff to look beyond the immediate gain and focus on serving people with open mind as a way of securing their future, now and after service, stressing his determination to continue to focus and pursue those things which promotes sound Academics globally, overall growth and progress of the University, and his love for humanity, promising to be fair to all, within the limits of human error.
Professor Ikonne admonished the staff, not to be a clog in the will of progress, but rather improve their knowledge base to be part of the positive changes that have brought national and International recognition, to the University, that today, Professors from Ghana and neighbouring countries, apply to do their sabatical in the Institution, with Students from various states, and outside the country, applying for admission as well.
The high point of the event was the interactive session, reminiscent of a Freedom square, where staff members bared their minds and asked questions on issues that bothered them, and ready answers and responses were given by the Vice Chancellor and the management team.and the lucky dip, which came up intermittently between the question and answer sessions that ensured the participation of every staff, in all cadres, and whatever anyone picks is what is given to him/her.
The University Auditorium, where the meeting took place was filled to overflow with staff from the main campus Uturu, Aba and Umuahia locations, Principal officers, some Dean of Faculties, Directors, Exco members of both Senior and Junior non Teaching staff unions in attendance.