Ag. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ikechebelu Congratulates Newly Inducted UNIZIK Nurses

By Franklin Onwubiko

The Acting Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Ikechebelu, FAMed, has congratulated the newly inducted nurses from the institution, urging them to serve as exemplary ambassadors of the university.

Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu

Professor Ikechebelu delivered this commendation during the induction and oath-taking ceremony of the Department of Nursing Science at the Okofia, Nnewi campus of the University.

Addressing the 121 newly inducted nurses, Professor Ikechebelu reaffirmed his commitment to achieving his short-term goals, encapsulated in the “BLEDS” targets: Beautify UNIZIK, Light-up UNIZIK, Excellent UNIZIK, Digitize UNIZIK, and Secure UNIZIK. These initiatives aim to enhance the university’s infrastructure, academic excellence, and overall environment.

He highlighted his administration’s swift action to resolve a three-week blackout within 48 hours of assuming office, which restored power supply to the university.

Encouraging the new nurses to excel in their profession, he also expressed his dedication to supporting the department in achieving excellence and producing outstanding nurses. He announced the upcoming renovation of the Chukwuneke hostel to accommodate more students and emphasized his administration’s focus on securing endowments, particularly for hostel accommodations.

The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Professor Gerald Udigwe, welcomed the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, lauding him as a determined leader with unquestionable capabilities. “If anybody will transform UNIZIK, I know it is you,” he remarked. Professor Udigwe assured the Vice-Chancellor of the college’s support and congratulated the new nurses, encouraging them to excel in their careers. He also announced the imminent availability of a CBT Hall, made possible by the Vice-Chancellor’s commitment.

The Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor M.J. Nwankwo, commended Professor Ikechebelu for his support and highlighted the faculty’s needs.

The Acting Head of the Department of Nursing Science, Dr. J.E Anieche noted the department’s consistent academic excellence, evidenced by the students’ outstanding performance in three professional examinations. He congratulated the nurses, wished them continued success, and thanked parents and guardians for their support.

The Registrar of the Nursing Registration Council, Mrs. Stella Godswill, urged the new nurses to adhere to the ethical standards of their profession.

Guest lecturer Dr. Georgian Ibeneme emphasized the evolving nature of the nursing field and encouraged the nurses to continuously learn and embrace professional development.

In her valedictory speech, Ms. Chinwendu Chisom Ezerioha expressed gratitude to the university and the Nursing staff for their guidance and to their parents and guardians for their support.