Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka has trained over Seven Thousand (7000) fresh students in Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
In an interview to x-ray the week long orientation course that culminated in Matriculation, the Dean Students Affairs, Professor Stanley Udedi said the students were addressed by some captains of industries, politicians and Director Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor Ngozi Anyikwa.
He said the event which took place at the Basil Oli Hostel, was titled: Leadership and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Education, adding that the new students were exposed to diverse topics, ranging from acquiring entrepreneurial skills while in school, and encouraged the freshmen to take advantage of Chike Okoli Centre’s capacity as a foremost skill acquisition centre to build themselves as creators of labour.
The students according to Professor Udedi were warned not to tow lazy path considering the high unemployment situation in the country, even as he thanked the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Chairman of the event, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku (FAS); the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Professor Charles Esimone for their support to make the event worthwhile.
The Dean students’ Affairs of Unizik said Unizik has inaugurated Student Education Endowment Fund to help indigent students that can’t afford their tuition or living expenses, with the hope they pay back when they graduate and are gainfully employed.
He further reiterated his commitment, as Dean Students Affairs, to ensuring that student studied in an ambient environment, devoid of harassment whilst their needs are promptly responded to. He concluded by thanking the invited guests, especially the Vice-Chancellor for his unwavering commitment towards the welfare of students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University by means of provision of financial support and logistics for the event.
The Vice- Chancellor of Unizik Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku (FAS) in his opening remark, expressed his delight at the huge turnout of students and commended the students for being the lucky few to be admitted of the thousands of candidates that applied to the University.
He expressed his commitment towards making Nnamdi Azikiwe University a top-destination for intending students by providing the ambience required for academic excellence. He further underscored the need for the freshmen to key into the university’s spirit of discipline, self-reliance and academic excellence whilst urging them to leave behind their parochial mind-set and worldview now that they were in the university.
One such effort, Prof Ahaneku noted, was the Work-Aid Scheme which has over 70 students that are currently benefitting from the programme, and of which the number of beneficiary is to be upwardly reviewed in the near future. He ended his talk by thanking the host, Professor Stanley Udedi, for his innovativeness and the passion he brings to bear as the Dean students Affairs, which were key in ensuring that the orientation exercise was successful.
Reflecting on the Vice-Chancellor’s talk, the DVC (Academic), Professor Charles Esimone (FAS), congratulated the students and implored them to count themselves privileged to be in the ‘University of the moment’. His talked later delved into a concise lecture on the rules and regulation guiding academic activities in the university, to a comprehensive outline of university’s organizational hierarchy and units.