4 Dec 2019


The Executive Governor, and visitor to Abia state University, Uturu, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, Ph.D, has commissioned the ultra modern students resource centre sponsored by the ABSU Medical Alumni Association, as part of activities to mark the maiden edition of the Abia State University Alumni convocation ceremony
Speaking during the commissioning at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital (ABSUTH) Aba, the Governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Rt Hon. Sir. Ude Okochukwu, expressed appreciation to the administration of the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Profesor E. Uche Ikonne, whom he said, has transformed the entire University, within four years in office, maintaining uninterrupted academic activities, massive infrastructural development, prompt payment of salaries, revitalized the Alumni Associations and other visible achievements in the University.
The Governor also thanked the members of the Alumni Association for remembering to give back to the institution that nurture them, and prayed that God will reward them and bless the work of their hands.
He further commended the first Provost of the college; Emeritus Professor Frank Akpuaka, whose contributions to the development of the college and impact in the lives of his students is celebrated by the naming of the center in his honor, and enjoined all, to do their best wherever God has placed them.
The Governor who maintained that Abia State University is the pride of the state, assured of the continued support of Government, particularly in their efforts to ensure that the admission quota of the college is further increased to 200 (Two hundred) very soon.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne, while thanking the Governor, and visitor to the University, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, for his consistent support, expressed joy that the commissioning of the students center is happening during his administration, and that under him, the University produced the first Emeritus Professor, a position which he says, was earned by hard work, dedication, sacrifice and commitment to academics by the Emeritus Professor, demonstrated through several publications in Q 1 journals, researches, supervision of PhD students, and passion for the growth of the ABSU medical school.
According to him, the story must change mandate of his administration has produced a revived and revitalized ABSU Alumni that today, they have come under one roof, reunited to give back to their alma Mata, and the commissioning ceremony is laying the foundation for a flourishing relationship with the Alumni association.
He lauded the Professor Bond Anyahie led Alumni Association for their vision to embark on the project of a student resource center, as well as for using it to immortalize the name of the Emeritus Professor Frank Akpuaka, pointing out that the edifice will also add to the accreditation value of the college, and charged students to make optimum use of the center, to excel in their academics.
Also speaking, the Global coordinator, ABSU Medical Alumni, who is also the Deputy Provost, college of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Professor Bond Anyahie, thanked the Vice Chancellor for his support and encouragement to the completion of the center within 12 (twelve months), stating that the idea of building such a befitting resource center for the students with all the modern facilities was also to immortalize the name of the Emeritus Professor, Frank Akpuaka, for the mentorship and supportive role he played in the lives of his students and his contributions in the development of the medical School.
In their separate remarks, the Provost of the College, represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr John Chikezie, and the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of ABSUTH, Dr S. U Offiah, poured encomiums on the Vice Chancellor for his giant developmental strides in the University and for the synergy with the medical Alumni in making the project of the students’ resource center, a reality.
Some of the Alumnus who spoke during the event, also shared their testimonies on the different ways, Professor Akpuaka helped to impact their lives as medical students, and how that helped to provide a platform to what they are today.
The Emeritus Professor, Frank Akpuaka, in a vote of thanks, appreciated the Governor and visitor to the University, the Vice chancellor and members of management, the Global Medical Alumni associations, and all who played one role or the other for the honor done to him and prayed that God will reward them exceedingly.