The Vice-Chancellor-elect of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Charles Arinzechukwu Igwe has pledged that he would build on the foundation laid by the 14th VC of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, in order to take UNN to another level.
Prof.Igwe gave the assurance during the flag-off of 17 projects at UNN by Prof. Ozumba on Tuesday.
He noted that the Ozumba administration did excellently well in the area of research, academic excellence, innovation, infrastructure and human development.
He added that he would work assidiously in order to take UNN to another level.
“My administration will work very hard to build on the foundation laid by Prof. B. C. Ozumba in terms of robust academic excellence, infrastructural and human development of UNN”, he said.
Speaking after the flag-off, Prof. Ozumba said that the projects would enhance academic excellence and innovation in institution.
“We all know that knowledge-based economy rules the world; time of analogue and commodity economy has gone for good”, the outgoing VC Prof Ozumba said.
The projects flagged-off included the Lion Science Park, Lion Tractor and Ultra-Modern Science Laboratory, as well as the remodeling and reconstruction of Zik’s Flat Hostels.
These projects, the VC said, “will help produce students that will solve technological problems in Nigeria & all over the world.
“UNN is the only one in the Country that has Science Park which serves as a hub for technological development and innovations”, he said.
Prof. Ozumba also disclosed that as a result of the Science Park, Innoson Motors is in partnership with UNN to manufacture locally-made tractors that would be of international standard.
“The aim of the Lion Tractor manufacturing is to enhance Agriculture by making tractors accessible and affordable to Farmers in the Country”,he said.
The 14th VC of UNN,also , intimated that the remodeling & reconstruction of Zik’s Flat Hostels were to ensure that the students have adequate hostel accommodation in UNN.
“The remodeling and reconstruction of Zik’s Flat Hostels is done on private partnership under the agreement of Build,Operate and Transfer (BOT)”, Ozumba said.According to the Chief Executive of UNN,”What this means is that our partners will use their money to reconstruct Zik’s Flat Hostels,manage it for some time to
reclaim their money before transfering the hostels to UNN”.”When the reconstruction is completed,it will end the problem of hostel accommodation”,he said.Prof.Ozumba,who doubled as a Medical Doctor also said that the 17 projects flagged-off in UNN were attracted from TETF und,Presidential Projects’Intervention & individuals on private partnership arrengement with UNN.Also speaking during the foundation laying ceremony of the Lion Tractor building,the Managing Director,Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company,Mr.Innocent Chukwuma said that the Lion Tractor would boost Agricultural sector of the economy in Nigeria.He intimated that the essence of the project is to key into President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda to diversify the economy through Agriculture,adding that the Lion Tractor Factory in UNN would
be ready in the next four Months.