Council Chairman solicits communities' support

By Sam Kpenu


The  Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council,  Senator Andrew Uchendu, has solicited the support and cooperation of the University's host communities to ensure institutional and mutual growth of the University and the communities. Senator Uchendu made the call when he led members of the Governing Council and Management on courtesy visits to Alakahia, Choba, Omuokiri and Omuoko Communities in Aluu Clan on Tuesday, 15 and   W ednesday, 16June, 2021. Speaking at Alakahia Community, the Pro-Chancellor explained that the visit was to intimate them that the President of the Federal Government of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, has found him worthy to be appointed, the Pro-Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, adding that it was important he informs them of the change in the leadership of the University. He therefore, used the opportunity to call for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders and members of the community in order to uplift the University, adding that he would ensure a cordial relationship between his administration and members of the host community. Responding, the Nye-nwe Ali Alakahia, His Royal Highness, Eze Ogbonna Dodo, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for appointing for the first time, an Ikwerre son as the Pro-Chancellor of the University. “You have done an extraordinary thing and we are happy that you considered it appropriate to visit us,” the Royal Father said, adding that Senator Uchendu was the first Pro-Chancellor to have visited them and prayed that his administration would be remarkable and memorable. At Choba Community, where he was received by the Chiefs and people, Senator Uchendu said his visit was borne out of his genuine desire to meet with critical and strategic stakeholders of the University. “I commend the people of Choba Community for their commitment and continued support for the University. I assure you that all your entitlements within the confines of the law would be provided,” he said.  Speaking, the Nye-nwe-Ali of Choba, His Royal Highness, Eze Raymond  Okocha, assured the Pro-Chancellor of the community's support and collaboration to enable him achieve his goals, while also appealing for increased employment and admissions opportunities for members o f h i s c o m m u n i t y ."We will provide you with enabling enviroment to operate so that you can achieve what your predecessors could not achieve; always reach out to us for consultation and collaboration on how to move the university forward,” Nye-nwe-Ali Choba stated. At the Palace of the Nye-nwe-Ali of Aluu, His Royal Majesty, Eze Chima Okpara, the Pro-Chancellor assured the Chiefs and people of Aluu Kingdom that all their grievances would be looked into and promised that the Council under his watch would address the issues of land compensation and solicited their cooperation. Responding, the Nye-nwe-Ali of Aluu urged the ProChancellor to prioritise the welfare of the host community and prayed God to give him good health and wisdom to take the University to greater heights. “We have no doubt that you will deliver, not because you are the son of the soil, but because you have the capability owing to your track records of achievements in your previous endeavours,” the Royal father stated. At the palace of the Paramount Ruler of O m u o k i r i Community in Aluu Clan, the ProC h a n c e l l o r commended the Community for what he described as their peaceful disposition towards the institution and urged them to sustain the tempo. He promised to ensure that the interest of the community is protected under his watch. In the same vein, the Paramount Ruler of Omuokiri, Chief (Alhaji) Hassan Welewa, also praised the ProChancellor for visiting his palace. He pledged his support and cooperation for the success of the U n i v e r s i t y. "Thank you for paying homage to my palace and I want you to assure you of my cooperation and support towards the success of your administration,” he said. At Omuoko where he was warmly received  by the Chiefs and people, the Pro-Chancellor said he came to inform them that their son has been appointed as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council by the Federal Government and lauded the community for giving so much cooperation  for the sustenance of the University. He also enjoined the chiefs and people of the Omuoko Community to cooperate with him to enable him take the institution to the next level. Speaking, the Paramount Ruler of the Community, Chief Abraham Woke called for increased employment, admission opportunities and contracts for members of his community, as well as the appointment of sons and daughters of the land into various positions of trust in the University.

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