My Administration Will Be Entrepreneurial In Nature- MOUAU VC
…Signs MoU With Abia State Ministry Of Environment
By Our Reporter
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abia State Ministry of Environment for cooperation in the promotion of research, demonstration and capacity development for the conservation of natural resources.
Some specific areas of cooperation captured in the MoU include natural forest regeneration and afforestation; establishment of medicinal plant species and standard Arboreta, as well as the establishment of conservation programmes for African rare plants of various species within the biodiversity corridors.
Speaking during the signing ceremony which held at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe commended Abia State Ministry of Environment for opening its doors for meaningful partnership.
He described the conservation of natural resources as an area that should not be ignored.
The Vice-Chancellor disclosed that the University is interested in the conservation of natural resources as evident in its efforts to build a new botanical and zoological garden.
He described the partnership as a welcome development that would substantiate the University’s efforts toward the conversation of natural resources.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Iheanyichukwu Ubani who represented the Commissioner for Environment, Abia State, applauded the development strides of the Vice-Chancellor.
He expressed optimism that the partnership with the University would contribute meaningfully to the country’s efforts toward the protection of the environment.
The ceremony was attended by principal officers of the University including the Acting Bursar, Chief Ugochukwu Ironkwe and the University Librarian, Dr. Isaac Ogbonnaya. Internal council member, Mrs. U.K. Onuma attended as the representative of the Acting. Registrar, Mr. P.C. Nwaoma.
The Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment Management, Prof. Anthony A. Nlewedim; former dean of the college, Prof. Emmanuel Nzegbule, and the
Ag. HOD, Department of Forestry and Environmental Management, Dr. Benson Nwajiobi were also present at the event.
In another development, the MOUAU VC, Prof. Iwe, has reiterated that his administration will be hinged on entrepreneurship.
Prof. Iwe restated this commitment while hosting a delegation from the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) who paid him a courtesy visit, to mark its Entrepreneurial Club Week.
Speaking during the visit, the Vice-Chancellor noted that entrepreneurship would foster skills development and generate the funds needed to run the University, hence the need to give it ample attention.
Prof. Iwe thanked the leader of the delegation and Director, Center for Entrepreneurship Development of the University, Prof. Oji Ekumankama for his efforts to develop entrepreneurial skills among the students.
On his part, Prof. Ekumankama commended the Vice-Chancellor fory his continuous support to the Centre which he said has led to the growth of the University’s Entrprereneurial Club and the successful mobilization of students for entrepreneurial activities.
Speaking at the visit, the President of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Entrepreneurial Club, Umudike, Chiedozie Abaleke, briefed the VC on activities slated for the Entrepreneurial Club Week and thanked the University management for her support.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of an award of excellence to the Vice-Chancellor.
Speaking during a lecture to mark the commencement of the Entrepreneurial Club Week, the VC, who was represented by the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Mark Ogbuagu, urged the students to continue representing the University positively and also disseminate the message of entrepreneurship everywhere they go.
While addressing the audience during the lecture, the Director of the Centre, Prof. Ekumankama stressed that entrepreneurship is encouraged in Nigeria because it guarantees self-employment and contributes to economic growth and development.
Delivering his lecture titled, “Security perspective, it’s role and importance for entrepreneurship”, the keynote speaker at the lecture, CSP Paul Urom who was represented by Dr. Scholastica Urom, stressed the importance of security in entrepreneurship.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to Prof. M.O. Iwe, Prof. Oji. O. Ekumankama; Prof. Mark Ogbuagu; Secretary of CED, Mr. G.O Chukwu and CSP Paul Chukwu Urom. The VC’s Confidential Secretary, Mrs. Nnenna Ochulo was also among the awardees.
The event was attended by students, staff and other management staff of the University.