The Vice Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, on Monday November 18, 2019, commissioned a Pitch Stone Pond Project, constructed and donated to Fishery and Aquaculture Department in the Faculty of Agriculture, AE-FUNAI, by Miss Chisom Chijioke. The donor had just concluded her National Youth Service Corps primary assignment in the University.
Prof Nwajiuba was represented by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Sunday Elom.
The commissioning was witnessed by Director, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), Dr. Adeolu Adewale, who represented Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. I. Osakwe, HOD, Fishery and Aquaculture, Dr. Ogueji Emmanuel and other staff and students of the university.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Elom welcomed all present at the event and thanked the ex-Corps member, Miss Chijioke, who served in Batch C of 2018/2019 NYSC programme, for remembering and appreciating her place of primary assignment by donation of a project of such magnitude.
He also expressed profound gratitude to Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, on behalf of the vice chancellor and the university management for supporting and providing the enabling environment that made it possible for the donor to achieve the feat, adding that anyone who studies Agricultural Science and understand the practice, has no business looking for white collar job but should be an employer of labour.
The deputy VC further stated that the University looks forward to having self-sufficient Agricultural Farm.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Adeolu expressed delight that the project was completed, pointing out that Miss Chijioke embarked on the project to support vice chancellor’s vision of having a dependable and sustainable farm in AE-FUNAI. He further said the project helped tremendously during the recent accreditation exercise.
Dr. Ogueji, HOD, Fishery and Aquaculture, said the initiator of the project served in his department, and that the department supported her in making sure the project was completed.
In her vote of thanks, Miss Chisom appreciated staff and students present at the event for coming, saying that she was inspired to carry out the project when she found out that the department used a Mobile Trampoline Pond, which could easily wear out with time. She stated that the Pitch Stone Pond, which she donated, would stand the taste of time.
She further appreciated the vice chancellor and the university for giving her opportunity and privilege to serve in the institution and for providing the enabling environment that made the project a dream come true.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, 19th of November, 2019, the Igbo Centre of the university, organised a special seminar on ‘icho mma umu agbogho na nkwadobe ilu di n’ala igbo’, meaning (beatification of the Igbo girls in preparation for marriage).
The colourful occasion, which had a good turnout of staff and students held at the AE-FUNAI Igbo “Village.
In her key note presentation, Dr. Onyinyechi Anne Nwankwo pointed out that beautifying a girl in the past was aimed at informing the public that the girl was ripe and ready for marriage.
She remarked that most females these days lack sense of beautification and shouldn’t be blamed because parents and guardians have failed to take out time to teach children the difference between taking care of themselves to appear beautiful and making-up.