Monday, 1 June 2015

1 Year in Office: Prof. Ahaneku Turns UNIZIK To Best University in Africa


It was a celebration galore at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State as Students, staff and management of the citadel of learning celebrate the massive social-infrastural development initiated by the one year old administartion of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Joseph Ahaneku.

 There was a display of all kinds of culture, fabrics design, exhibition, among others.

Speaking in a press conference, Prof. Ahaneku said he is working towards making the university the best in Nigeria, expressing optimism that his dream will be met, following plans already marshaled out.

Prof. Ahaneku, who said that one year in office, has afforded him greater opportunity to reaching out to his constituency, Nigerian students, stressed that he was working harder to uplifting the university.

According to him, his administration has addressed the problem of impersonation and examination malpractices, upgraded NAU admission processes to a digital method that has proven to be very reliable, and used only by a few institutions in Nigeria.

He stated that in the last Post UTME exams, over 440 candidates for the exams abandoned it and ran away after seeing the thoroughness of the screening process, while about 80 other impersonators who insisted on taking the exams were arrested and handed over to the management for prosecution.

“Through Biometric registration, we have the data of all our students. We are called upon to serve, and to mentor the young ones, and that is what we are doing under my leadership.

“Since I assumed leadership here, I can tell you that several lecturers here have buckled up. We insisted on doing the right thing, and any form of extortion by lecturers have been abolished. Today, students graduate on record time, and if anything delays any students result script, the HOD of that department or the lecturer’s salary is stopped, just as we have recently sanctioned a lecturer in the university.”

Ahaneku also stated that as a result of the establishment of a research exhibition in the university, several department have gone into researches and also come up with findings and products that can compete anywhere in the world.

He said that this was the reason the institution’s engineering department was able to produce a fast car, which they called Auto Zik, which was the cynosure of all eyes in a recent exhibition in Abuja.

“That car was produced with 60% local content, and as I speak to you, other products are on the way, with over 80% local content. That is the way we want to go. We want to teach the children how to be self reliant, and that is where the future of Nigeria and Africa lies.”

These improvements in the university he said are the reasons why the university has remained the second most preferred university in the country for several years standing. He added that another of its strength is that the university graduates students on record time unlike others where a four or five years programme may linger for more than necessary.

Speaking on the recent rift between the already impeached student’s union government president, Mr Noble Eyisi, Ahaneku said he refused to join issues with him because the members of his executives were already upset about the way he ran the union, which led to his impeachment.

He further said that after the letter to his management by the former student’s union president alleging corruption, he decided to investigate him and found out that he was being sponsored by people in the institution who are not happy that his stringent policies have blocked off several means of income to them.

He however said that having spent one year in office, and satisfied with his achievements in just one year, he will spend the second with aggressive pursuit for the attainment of the status as the best university in the country in rating.



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