It was reported by News Anambra that Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Unizik has trained over Seven Thousand fresh (7000) fresh students in Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
In an interview to find out how the week-long Orientation course that culminated in Matriculation went, 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 NgoziAnyikwa.
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 a worthwhile.
The Dean students Affairs of Unizik said highlighted some of the measures he is putting up to ensure that students remain the primary focus of the university, which one such measure being the inauguration of a 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 inaugurated a committee that would look into how such funds will be sourced and administered in a sustainable way.
He further reiterated his commitment, as Dean Students Affairs, to ensure that student studied in an ambient environment, devoid of harassment whilst their need 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 mindset and worldview now that they were in the university.
He reminded the students of the University’s zero-tolerance to cultism, exam malpractices, use of illicit drugs, indecent dressing and other vices, and warned them not to engage in such acts. He also highlighted packages put up by the University management to help students from an indigent background that have verifiable financial needs.
One such effort, he noted, was the Work-Aid Scheme which has over 70 students that are currently benefitting from the programme, and of which the number of beneficiaries 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, of which were key in ensuring that the orientation exercise was successful.