UNN VC devotes N1.3Bn to wrap up projects before exit


By Regis Amauche, Enugu.

The out going Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka Benjamin Ozumba, has promised to use N1.3Bn University Tetfund money to ensure that all the projects he started are completed before his tenure empires in June 2019.

Ozumba who was briefing the press on his stewardship as the 14th Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka said he would complete 10 new projects he started in the campuses of the university before handling over to a new VC.

Some of the new projects include block of office at the university teaching hospital Ituku-Ozalla, roads, science pack, central university laboratory, diagnostic center in Nsukka and also Ziks flats which he said would be done under PPP arrangement among others.

Ozumba who emphatically said  he was not going to leave any project he started  in his five years as the head of the first Nigerian university abandoned, pointed out he had equally initiated some projects that would generate revenue for the university.

Some of the revenue-generating projects according to him are the University of Nigeria Business School, agricultural package where the school is now producing ginger at a commercial quantity and ready for export and that the university is already in contact with some foreign companies for export among others. The UNN now produces power with biogas.

The professor of gynaecology said that among his numerous achievements, restoring peace and tranquility within the campuses and the initiative of converting waste to power, which now generates power in the Nsukka campus are very great achievements.

Other areas include creation of two new faculties; the Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education and the Faculty of Basic Medical Science. He also mentioned restoring professor emeritus status, introduction of CCTV cameras in Nsukka campus to improve security in the campus, and his efforts to ensure provision of water in all the campuses. He also said he reinvigorated, institutionalized, and still maintains a good rapport with the students union.

He further said that most inherited uncompleted projects at the Nsukka, UNEC and Ituku-Ozalla, of the university were completed while some are about 98 per cent completed. Students hostels were upgraded, road constructions and drainages on the campuses were part of his achievements among others.

Other new institutions crated within the period in review are Resource and Environmental Policy Research Center and African Center for Excellence for sustainable power and energy development. Distance and e-Learning programmes were established and duly accredited by National Universities Commission (NUC). “Academic curricula of different programs in the university were revised to reflect current global realities, mechatronics engineering programmes were established, revised and updated.

Ozumba also said that the backlog of programmes and courses requiring accreditation were cleared under his tenure saying that as of today over100 academic programmes running in the university are fully accredited.