UNN VC honoured by UNTH Dept of Gynaecology
IN what looked like the celebration of excellence, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, last Thursday presented its Millennium Award of Excellence to the Vice Chancellor, Nigeria Nsukka, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba.
Ozumba is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Staff members of the department were in attendance to celebrate one of its own, Prof. Ozumba, who is the first to be appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria since its inception in 1960.
The occasion attracted renowned gynaecologists and other medical professionals from within and outside the country, heads of health institutions and principal officers of the university.
The roll call included the Chief Medical Director of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital UNTH, Dr. Chris Amah, two former deputy vice chancellors of University of Nigeria Enugu campus, Prof. Bede Ibe and Prof Martin Aghaji, the provost of college of medicine, UNN, Prof. Ernest Onwasigwe and his deputy, Prof. Fidelis Ebele Ejezie.
Others were, Prof. Nene Obianyo, who was former Provost College of Medicine ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, Prof. Arthur Ikeme, Prof. Iloabachie, Prof. Chukwudebelu, the controller of the Federal Mortgage Bank Enugu, Mr. Ibuzo Chris, the former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry (UNN) and Chairman, Welfare Committee of the College of Medicine, UNN, Dr. (Mrs.) Linda Oge Okoye, Dr. Peter Nkwo and Prof. Vincent Emeka Egwuatu, the chairman of the occasion.
The Editor-in-Chief of the College of Medicine Newsletter, Dr. Obi Ikechukwu, Dr. Uche Agu, of the Department of Gynaecology and Ezennia Austin Akpali of the Department of Medical Rehabilitation Medicine, Enugu Campus of UNN were also there.
Speaking shortly after receiving the Millennium Award of excellence, the elated Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba, said that machinery had been set in motion to ensure that UNN would be ranked among best Universities in Africa within the next 18 months.
He restated that research, intellectual development and improvement of staff welfare remained the main trust of his administration, adding that his recent trip abroad was part of a robust attempt to link the University of Nigeria with the best in the world for growth.
Ozumba expressed joy that during his foreign trip, he was received warmly everywhere he visited “UNN will continue to be better, UNN has changed and research is at its peak now”.
He, however, called for patience and support of all stakeholders and told the crowded audience to better assess him after his tenure.
“For now, I am yet to work for one year, but anyone close to the university would know that Prof. Ozumba is not sleeping, that Prof. Ozumba, who changed the face of the College of Medicine, when he served as provost, has not changed”, he further remarked.
The university don praised the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UNN, Prof. Samuel Nnamdi Obi, for organizing the event, stressing that despite the busy schedules of the doctors and other logistical challenges, the occasion was a huge success.
Ozumba, also congratulated Dr. Chris Amah on his re-appointment as Chief Medical Director of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital for a second four-year tenure.
The organizer of the event and Head Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UNTH, Prof. Samuel Nnamdi Obi, explained that the departmental get- together was designed to enhance social interaction and promote love among staff and students, see those we have not seen for some time and say farewell to those retiring.
Prof. Obi said that the 2015 edition was unique, as it afforded them the opportunity to honour one of their own, an erudite scholar, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba, who rose to the position of Vice Chancellor of the university in June last year.
The chairman of the occasion, Prof. Vincent Emeka Egwuatu of the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu, charged the vice chancellor to do all he could to lift UNN and regretted that despite its age and population, it was not ranked among 50 best universities in Africa.
Also speaking, the former President of the Rotary Club of Enugu, Prof. Arthur Ikeme, described Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba as the pride of the college of medicine.
He said following his performance, profile in academic and administration since he joined the department, he was not surprised that Prof. Ozumba would rise so rapidly and traced his success to his days at Government College, Umuahia, where he gained quality education and leadership training.