Anambra Caucus in House of Representatives Advocates for Enhanced Partnership with Unizik

By Franklin Onwubiko

Members of the Anambra Caucus in the Federal House of Representatives paid a courtesy visit to the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Joseph Ikechebelu, on Friday, emphasizing the need for a renewed partnership between the caucus and the university.

The delegation included Hon. Afam Ogene (Ogbaru), Hon. Dom Okafor (Aguata), Hon. Chinwe Nnabuife (Orumba North and South), Hon. Ifeanyi Uzokwe (Nnewi North, Nnewi South, and Ekwusigo), Hon. Engr Emeka Idu (Onitsha North and South), Hon. Chinwe Gwacham (Oyi/Ayamelum), and Chief Peter Aniekwe Udeogalanya (Anambra East and Anambra West Federal constituencies).

Hon. Ogene, who led the delegation, stated that their visit was driven by the desire to ensure that Anambra receives its due share from the federal budget. “We are committed to representing our people effectively and see Nnamdi Azikiwe University as a critical partner in this effort. Our collaboration is not isolated but synergistic with other Honorable members,” he said. He assured the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the caucus’ dedication to fostering a strong partnership and collaboration with the university, especially in securing necessary resources from Abuja.

In response, Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Ikechebelu expressed his gratitude for the visit, highlighting it as a demonstration of firm support and commitment to the university’s progress. He emphasized that the university is open to collaborations that enhance its infrastructural and academic standing, noting its current ranking as the fourth best institution in Nigeria under 50 years of age.

Professor Ikechebelu outlined the university’s commitment to academic excellence, mentioning the need for improved infrastructure to support its growth. He acknowledged the beneficial partnership with the caucus in the past and expressed hope for continued collaboration. “We have always enjoyed a good relationship with the Anambra Caucus, which has been instrumental in our development. We look forward to blossoming this relationship further,” he said.

In her vote of thanks, Hon. Nnabuife reassured the Acting Vice-Chancellor and the university community of the caucus’ unwavering support. “You are in the safest of hands. We are always ready in Abuja to assist with university-related matters and are committed to a synergy that will benefit the university,” she affirmed.

The meeting was attended by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Sam Ufoh, University Librarian, Dr. Stella Anasi, Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on Academic Matters, Prof. Frederick Odibo, Chief Legal Officer, Prof. Meshach Umenweke, and Prof.Emma Ezenwaji.