The Old Aguata Traditional Rulers Forum has, recently honoured the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS with a prestigious Chieftaincy title of “Ide Ji Mmuta Aguata.”
Speaking during the event, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Dr. M. Willie Obiano, represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke described the VC as an erudite scholar, a consummate academic and an astute University administrator. The title, he said, is very well deserved, because of the VC’s service to humanity and overall development in Nnamdi Azikiwe University. He prayed God to give him more grace to do more.
Stating the need for investment in Anambra State, Dr. Okeke said the Anambra State Government is ready to partner with individuals and communities, hence has created an enabling environment for investors to come and invest in the state, by improving on security and encouraging the use of made in Nigeria product.
The Chairman of the event and former VC, Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof. Paul Orajaka welcomed all to the event. He said the conferment was a re-affirmation and recognition for the VC’s numerous and unprecedented humanitarian and selfless service, especially in academic development. He encouraged all to promote the Igbo culture and language.
The Chairman of the Old Aguata Traditional Rulers Forum, HRH, Igwe Col. C.A.O Muoghalu, (Isu II of Isuofia) echoed the VC’s selfless service to the University Community, and opined that it would leave a befitting and enduring legacy through a track record of service.
In his response, the Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Forum for recognizing him as one of their own. He prayed God to bless and protect the traditional rulers, while emphasizing that the UNIZIK has created a Centre for Community and Rural Development (CCRD) and Igbo Village and African Civilization Centre (IVACC) in order to harness the capabilities of each community in Anambra State and to give room for visitors to know about the Igbo culture.
The Chairperson, LOC, Professor Lucy Nwuba thanked all who found time to witness the occasion.