On Assumption of Office on 1st December, 2015, as the 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University, *Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne*, a dependable, charismatic and visionary Leader, came up with: *”My Mandate: Our Story Must Change”*. In the 19-page well researched document, the Vice-Chancellor enunciated his Vision and Mission in positively changing the narrative of the University and taking it to the Pinnacle in the Comity of Universities in Nigeria and beyond.
It is on record that *Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne* is the first Vice-Chancellor in the history of the University to publicly declare his “Mandate” in a well articulated document and distributed during his Maiden Address to the University Community on 3rd December, 2015.
The Vice-Chancellor has also painstakingly and meticulously followed his Vision, that today, almost all the items so articulated, have been achieved and still counting. The Story of Abia State University has really changed Nationally and Internationally. The Power of Vision and Visionary Leadership are enormous.
According to Heary D. Thoreau, ” I would give all the wealth of the world and all the deeds of all the heroes for one true vision”. Helen Keller, blind and deaf, once said, “the greatest tragedy to befall a person is to have sight but lack vision”.
Simply put, Vision is your ability to see your tomorrow, today. Ability to reconcile where you are, where you are going, how you are going to get there and what you will do after you get there. Vision is feeling challenged by the world around you and being compelled to make a positive difference or a mark on it.
According to the Vice-Chancellor’s Mandate:
*Vision:* “To strengthen the fabrics of the existing traditional administrative organs of the institution through a disposition of accountability, transparency, probity and prudence in fiscal conduct, system discipline derived from staff commitment to duty which will guarantee a congenial atmosphere to promote teaching and learning, capacity building and intellectual harvest that will enhance the national and international reputation and ranking of our Institution”.
*Mission:* “To establish a responsive leadership that will expand the academic base of the Institution through promotion of entrepreneurial studies that will equip our graduates with the requisite skills and competencies fit for effective contribution to the 21st century activities of the globe and enthrone Excellence in academic activities emphasizing competitiveness and healthy rivalry amongst students and staff on national and international platforms in areas of Research, Publications and exhibitions”.
*Benefits of Vision*
🔸 It simplifies the decision making process
🔸 It tunes up your mental and physical health
🔸 It generates Respect
🔸 It generates the feeling of Accomplishments
🔸 It provides persistence
🔸 It delivers the Leader from deception and desire for applause.
Vision is contagious. Therefore, let all and sundry join the Dynamic and Visionary Leadership in making Abia State University even Greater.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepth the law, happy is he”. Proverbs 29:18.
E.U.I- Good Leader, Great Achievements.