Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has formally
inaugurated the newly reconstituted Governing Council of the Abia State University, (ABSU) with Chief Mba Okoronkwo Ukariwe as the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Council.
Inaugurating the Council today at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House Umuahia, Governor Ikpeazu charged them to lead out in the growth and development of the university as it occupies an important place in the comity of universities in the country. He recalled that the institution grew from the 97th to 26th position in the country as well the second best State university in Nigeria, adding that it recently won an award from Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
He said that the sterling performance can only be sustained if students remain on campus with teaching and learning going on.
The Governor disclosed that his administration recently released the sum of 200 million Naira while an additional 150 million Naira would be released in the next few days to support the University to pay three months salary of staff. He also assured that he would continue to discuss with the institution on the welfare of staff. According to him, his government has also taken steps to control security challenges around Uturu and urged the Uturu and the University community to support government’s effort in that regard.
Dr. Ikpeazu who expressed optimism that the institution would return to its rightful place under the new Council , assured that his government is committed to regular release of subventions. He congratulated the Pro Chancellor and members of the Council and urged them to work together.
Responding on behalf of other members, the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, Chief Mba Okoronkwo Ukariwe thanked the Governor for the honour done them and assured that they would not disappoint him but rather hit the ground running to restore normalcy in the university.
Other members of the reconstituted Governing Council include Chief Obinna Njoku, Elder Chibuike Nwokeukwu, SAN, , Mrs Precious Achumba ,Chief Ndukwu Ndukwu, His Royal Highness, Eze Ogbonnaya Uwadiegwu, Mr Nwaro Kenneth Offor, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mr Eze Ajuzie and Principal Officers of the institution.
The Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu , members of the State Executive Council, Executive Chairman of Ohafia LGA, Dr. Okorafor Okorafor Ukiwe and other government functionaries witnessed the inauguration ceremony.