Barely 100 hundred days in the saddle as the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Charles Igwe, has laid the foundation for the regeneration of the university to be technologically driven and academically robust, as an institution which is capable of promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. This was as he re-echoed his inauguration speech that his leadership strategy would be an integrated development model anchored on the sustainable development goals.
Igwe, who spoke of his administration’s commitment to keep his doors open to ideas, suggestions and the sharing of the university challenges, however, demonstrated the determination to pursue the development of the university; accord priority to the welfare of staff and students; build on the achievements of his predecessors and to entrench a regime of consensus where members of staff of the university would be encouraged to re-dedicate themselves anew and contribute to the progress of the university.
This, the Vice-Chancellor said, was being done with a view to taking the university to the next level of development. Igwe, the first alumnus to be appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the university has undertaken actions that not only showed the compass of his roadmap and proved constructive in the daunting tasks ahead, but also accentuated the events of his first hundred days in office.
“Though, hundred days is a fleeting time in a five-year administration, it is also a good time to start looking at the direction an administration is headed,” he noted, saying: “We shall ensure and sustain infrastructural development and foster healthy private public partnership, attend to ongoing and abandoned projects, as well as enthrone maintenance culture and environmental cleanliness.
To many stakeholders in the university project, especially Mr. Charles Anekwe, the President of Odenigbo General Assembly, Nsukka, Prof. Igwe has also demonstrated a spark of enthusiasm in his careful assessments of projects and programmes in the university, and their reorganization for greater impacts as launching pads and clear indications of sustainable future for the ivory tower.They, however, added that Prof. Igwe had brought his administrative acumen and wealth of experience to secure additional revenue streams for the university by ensuring that the university’s economy is supported by private sector.