By Franklin Onwubiko
The Senate Chief Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday expressed satisfaction on the level of development in Nnamdi Azikiwe University under the leadership of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, FAS.
Sen. Kalu in a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor’s office, commended him on the giant strides.
Describing UNIZIK as a Centre of Technological advancement, the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate expressed optimism that the University will attain enviable heights under the leadership of Professor Esimone, who he described as young, energetic, and visionary.
Senator Kalu who reiterated that Education remains the bedrock of the development of any society urged stakeholders in the sector to remain committed to building institutions of learning that would advance the development of the nation.
The former Governor who had in his entourage the Chairman and CEO, Stanel Group, Dr. Stanley Uzochukwu, also paid a courtesy call on the Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Professor Lilian Orogbu.
In his words, “Since you took over as Vice-Chancellor and what I have seen so far, you are changing the face of the University and I encourage you to continue doing that.
“If you have any difficulties any area such as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) or any legislative input, you can always read out to me and I will ensure that we do our best to intervene.
“I am impressed with your work in the University. This is to show that young people have a lot of potential.We are in the Era raising champions regardless age, gender , religion or tribe. The Vice- Chancellor has shown that he is serious with his job .
He charged members of staff to rally around the Vice-Chancellor in taking the University named after the foremost Nationalist, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe to a greater pedestal.
He further assured the institution of his support whenever called upon.
Receiving the Chief Whip and his entourage, the Vice-Chancellor expressed delight over the visit.
Prof. Esimone commended Sen. Kalu on his favourable disposition to the University. The VC who had earlier reeled out the achievement of his achievements far, averred that in pursuance of his Project 200 mandate which is to see UNIZIK among the best 200 universities in the world, the University Management will always reach out to well-meaning Nigerians who are in positions to assist in the growth and development of the University of all times.
Present to receive the entourage include a former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Pita Ejiofor, former Dean,s and other members of staff of the Faculty.