UNN alumni award scholarship, build N20m facility for alma mater

14-10-19 0 comment

Determined to give back to the society and their alma mater, the 1997 class of medical doctors of the college of medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, have reunited after 20 years of graduation.

The reunion, which took place inside the Dentistry hall of the college of medicine, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu State, was not all about fun and celebration.

This is because members of the 1997 class used the occasion to inaugurate a modern students’ refectory worth N20m and awarded scholarship to 3 brilliant medical students of the University of Nigeria.

Each of the 3 students, Onyishi Uchenna, Enebeli Gratus and John Steven, would collect N100,000 for every semester for their school fees and upkeep. The students were officially presented by the scholarship committee, comprising Dr. Chima Oti, Dr. Obinna Anikwe and Dr. Esther Okafor.

Addressing the gathering, spokesman of the group and Dean Student Affairs, at the college of medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Dr. George Ugwu, said the 1997 class had set out to not only to make history but to impact positively on society, adding that the construction of a modern students refectory and the award of scholarship to three medical students were just the beginning of many things to come.

Ugwu, explained that the group embarked on the two projects as their contribution to join the vice chancellor, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba in expanding the University of Nigeria.

He expressed joy that the University has been ranked first in the South East while the medical school has now gone international, following the recent endorsement of collaboration with the famous Gallily Medical College in Israel.

In a joint statement presented at the occasion, the chairman of the Re-Union Committee, Dr. Kelechi Okoli and chairman of the local organising committee, Dr. Anazo Madu, commended the University administration for the  progress recorded so far, adding that the institution was better now than it was 20 years ago. They, however, noted that the University could still be better than it is at the moment.

Responding, the vice chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Chukwuma Ozumba, said that the institution had witnessed massive improvement in infrastructure, staff training and research since his appointment more than four years ago.

Ozumba stated that since the University was founded by Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, he, who is also Benjamin, must follow his dream and ensure that the citadel of learning becomes the best on the continent.

While praising the 1997 class of medical doctors for being the first to build a structure in the University, the vice chancellor described the dean of Student Affairs, Dr. George Ugwu, as a brilliant and enterprising young man endowed with incredible leadership qualities.

The provost of the college of medicine, Prof. Uchenna Nwagha, his deputy, Prof. Bond Anyaehie and the dean, Faculty of Dentistry, Prof. Felix Chukwuneke, were among the personalities who attended the historic event.

Highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of the multi-million naira students Refectory by the vice chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba.