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Wike appoints VC for Ignatius Ajuru varsity

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
19 November 2021   |   4:05 am
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appointed Professor of Economics, Okey Onuchukwu, as the acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, (IAUE) Rumuolemeni, Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appointed Professor of Economics, Okey Onuchukwu, as the acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, (IAUE) Rumuolemeni, Port Harcourt.

A statement signed yesterday by Kelvin Ebiri, the media aide to Wike, said the appointment took immediate effect. Until his appointment, Prof. Onuchukwu was a lecturer at the Department of Economics, University of Port Harcourt and also a visiting lecturer at IAUE.

His appointment, The Guardian gathered, followed tenure expiration of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele.

Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Owunari Georgewill, has, on behalf of the Governing Council, Senate, staff and students of the university, congratulated Onuchuku, a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the university.

The vice chancellor described the appointment as a clear testimony of Onuchuku’s high impact performance as a thoroughbred academic and expert in development economics.

In a statement by the Uniport spokesman, Sam Kpenu, the vice chancellor, commended  Wike for appointing Onuchuku, who was the immediate past Director of the University of Port Harcourt Business School as acting vice chancellor.

Prof. George said: “I am very hopeful that your coming on board as the acting VC will witness the consolidation of the evident gains recorded on your previous positions of trust. The appointment will also consolidate on the giant strides left by the outgoing Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof. Ozo-mekuri Ndimele.” 

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