I inherited dysfunctional UNN in 2014, says VC, Ozumba
Outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, has said that he inherited a dysfunctional university from his predecessor in 2014.
The don stated this at a press briefing yesterday while giving account of his five-year stewardship as the 14th VC of the university.
He said: “Prior to 2014, the university was listed as dysfunctional; but today and for the third consecutive year since 2016, we are ranked by Webometrics as number one university in Nigeria.
“Our enviable position as the best in research publications is still very evident, and among the top 1,500 universities in the world.”
Ozumba said his administration met backlog of programmes and courses not accredited.
“The story is different today, as over 100 academic programmes running in this university are fully accredited. I will remain grateful to (governing) council members and university management for their support and cooperation.
“Under my stewardship, new faculties such as Vocational and Technical Education as well as Basic Medical Science are created,” he said.
He also expressed appreciation to the staff and students for the maximum support and cooperation given to his administration.
The VC recalled that his first move on assumption of office was to restore peace and tranquility within the campuses as well as improve welfare of staff and students.
He added that his his administration enhanced knowledge and usage of information and communications technology (ICT), created new faculties, established the Science Park, paid salaries as and when due, generated electricity from wastes and manufactured the lion laptop, hence putting the university on the world map among others.
He said his administration had a cordial relationship with Students Union Government (SUG) because staff and students’ welfare were given special attention.
Ozumba said his administration had some completed projects to be inaugurated before his exit on June 14.
Chairman of the end of service committee, Prof. Nnanyelugo Okoro, described the VC as a consummate administrator and a professional par excellence whose tenure achieved much for the university.
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