Joseph Okafor, a 300 level student of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture has been handed the baton as the 27th President of the Students Union Government of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The new president was sworn-in by the Chief Judge of the Judiciary arm of the union, Justice Godson Obinnaya Agbo who had earlier been sworn-in by the Dean of Students Affairs, Prof. Stan Udedi as stipulated by the constitution.
Mr. Okafor was sworn-in alongside members of his executive council at the administrative block of the University.
Inaugurating the newly elected officials, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku congratulated them for emerging victorious at the keenly contested polls. Prof. Ahaneku while commending the outgoing EXCO for conducting themselves peacefully while discharging their duties, urged the new officials to consolidate on the successes recorded by their predecessors. He urged them to uphold the University name in all their dealings. The University head charged them to be role models to other students and maximize their position for posterity sake.
The Dean of Student affairs, Prof. Udedi expressed gratitude to the Vice-Chancellor for his student-oriented policy. While congratulating the outgoing leadership of the union, he charged the new leadership to embrace the virtues of sincerity, accountability and credibility.
In his acceptance speech, the new president expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the Students Affairs and the University by extension for conducting a peaceful, free and fair election. Mr. Okafor listed the key focus of his administration to include Environment and Health; Entrepreneurship and most pertinent, Students welfare. He described the task ahead as herculean and hence sought for the cooperation of all students in building a better union.
The immediate past president of the union, Mr. Ikenna Igwebuike in his valedictory speech, appreciated the University management for her support and cooperation while praying for the success of the new administration.