Abia State Governor Alex Otti
ABIA State Governor, Alex Otti, has commended the Catholic Church for establishing the first university in Umuahia, the state capital.
The institution, named Lux Mundi University, is located at the new Ndagbo City, IsiamaAfaraukwu/Ossah, Ibeku, in Umuahia North Council.
Lux Mundi, an Italian word, which means ‘Light of the World,’ is one of the private universities recently approved and granted license by the Federal Government through the National Universities Commission (NUC). It is affiliated to Apollos University, Florida, United States of America (U.S.A)
An elated Otti, who expressed delight at the vision of the university’s Founder and Pro- Chancellor, Prof. Gabriel O. C. Okenwa, an indigene of the host community, said the school would fill the gap created by the absence of a university in Umuahia. He promised to support the university in any area of need.
The host community has been agog over the development for which the traditional ruler of AfaraukwuIbeku, Eze Edwin Ibeabuchi, extolled the foresight of Prof. Okenwa for “bringing this monumental development stride to Umuahia City in general, and particularly, Afaraukwu/Ossah, Ibeku Community.”
The university’s maiden academic year began on November 28, 2023, with ongoing admission of students into three faculties, namely Law, Management Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences.
The university’s pioneer Principal Officers include Chancellor/Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Archbishop Lucious Ugorji; Alternate Chairman, BoT, Associate Professor, Ahmed A. Audi; Founder/Pro Chancellor, Prof. Okenwa; Chairman of Governing Council, Prof. Augustine Uwakwe; Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Eidson and Acting Registrar, Blessing Ibebunjo.
Uwakwe told The Guardian that many prospective pioneer students are still seeking admission into the university, whose motto is ‘Illuminating Humanity.’
He attributed the rush for admission into the university to its easily accessible location, affordable fees, offer of New HP laptop computers to students under special arrangement, scholarship offer to first 50 students, including the provision that under its foreign affiliation arrangement, students can conclude their degrees in the United States after three years.