We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it”, William Osler.
In line with the above statement, the Administration of *Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne*, as the 7th Substantive Vice-Chancellor, Abia State University, God’s own University, has no doubt broken unimaginable limits in Academicsm and Administration of the University.
The targets the Vice-Chancellor set for himself, as contained in his *Mandate: “Our Story Must Change”*, have since been surpassed and still counting.
Some salient and unprecedented achievements of this Administration include:
🔸 Addition of 2 new Faculties
a) Faculty of Engineering, with Professor E.E Anyanwu, an International scholar, as pioneer Dean.
b) Faculty of Pharmacy, with former Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Professor Oleka Udeala, as pioneer Dean.
🔸 Carving out of 2 new Faculties from existing large Faculties, namely:
Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Physical Sciences, with the election of two Distinguished Female Professors as pioneer Deans:
a) Professor R.I Ndimele- Faculty of Humanities.
b) Professor J.N Ogwo- Faculty of Physical Sciences.
The creation of these new Faculties have some great positive consequences:
a) Ease of Administration
b) Improved quality of Teaching, Research and Learning.
c) Expansion of Academic programmes and Infrastructural development.
d) Adding impetus & Academic development etc.
🔸 Creation of a new Directorate of Law and Justice, with the first indigenous Distinguished Professor of Law, ABSU and former Dean, Faculty of Law, Professor Sam Erugo, as the Pioneer Director.
🔸 Ensured full Accreditation status of nine (9) out of the Eleven (11) Academic programmes recently visited by the NUC in 2019, with two (2) interim; one of the best results in Nigeria.
🔸 Ensured full Accreditation status for Medicine, Law and other professional programmes by the NUC and relevant Professional Bodies.
🔸 Strengthening of Nursing, Medical Laboratory, Public Health, Mass Communication and other Academic programmes with the best facilities and subsequent increased enrollment by Students.
🔸 Addition of the following Academic programmes:
a) Public Health
b) Surveying and Geo informatics.
d) Civil Engineering
e) Mechanical Engineering
f) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
g) Computer Engineering
i) Anatomy etc.
🔸 Unprecedented Research breakthroughs, Improved Academic content and Human Capacity Development building programmes…and so on.
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value” Albert Einstein.
This Administration, ably led the Quintessential and Visionary Vice-Chancellor, *Distinguished Professor E. Uche Ikonne*, has not only been highly successful but has added much value to the system and posterity.
E.U.I: Good Leader, Great Achievements.