Stakeholders, community set agenda for DELSU’s new VC
Delta State University community and other stakeholders have handed over a reconciliatory guide to the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Andy Egwunyanga, to reposition the institution, as one of the best in the country.
Some prominent residents, who expressed their minds at reception for Prof. Egunyanga at St. Paul Catholic Church on Campus Two of the institution, said their position on a holistic harmony and an all-embracing approach was predicated upon the overwhelming testimonies that welcomed the VC on his first day in office.
A member of the State Advisory and Peace Building Council, Pharm. Paul Enebeli, who spoke exclusively with The Guardian, was certain that the former Rector of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic would make a lot of difference with his appointment.
Other respondents who shared same thoughts were the Priest of St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Mark Ikeke, Chairman, non-Indigenes in Delta State, Chief Joseph Ikhena, and a member of the institutions’ Student Union Government (SUG).
According to Pharm. Enebeli: “The optimism and overwhelming cheers that welcomed the new VC was a sign of total acceptance by the council. “My advice to Egwunyanga, therefore, is that he should take from this reception and reconcile the community. That will help him to get his students focused on their studies without stress, and enable them key into his vision that university degree is a demonstration of character and learning.”
Ikeke reminded the new VC of the need to work towards accomplishing his mission, which is to reconcile the fractured peace in the institution, while Bishop John Aferegha of Warri Diocese, represented by the Okabo prayed for God’s guidance.
Chief Ikhena on his part, said: “As a man with ears to the ground, coupled with this massive acceptance by DELSU community, the first thing is for him to forgive those that offended him in the community and take them as one family. This is important as it is apparent that his elevation was from God, who will guide him for the next five years on the driving seat.”
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