I Need Your Support To Succeed, VC Tells Alumni

By Humphrey Ogu


Vice Chancellor, Professor Owunari Georgewill, has called on stakeholders of the University to work with him for the common goals of making the University more prosperous, stating that he needs the support of the Alumni to succeed. Professor Georgewill made the call when he received the Rivers State branch of the University of Port Harcourt Alumni Association at the Vice Chancellor’s Committee Room on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

“Let us work together. Alumni are major stakeholders in the University system, especially in fund-raising. I need your support to succeed as Vice Chancellor,” he said, describing the relationship between the Association and the administration under his leadership as a family affair.

“It is a family affair because we all hold the certificate of UniPort. If the University ceases to exist, there will be no way to verify the authenticity of your certificates. So, everything we do should be for the common good of everyone and the University. On my part, I will be firm and fair to everyone,” the Vice Chancellor stated.

Reiterating his willingness to work with all stakeholders to ensure the actualisation of his dream of making the University more prosperous as he stated in his Inaugural Address, the Vice Chancellor promised to do his best to reposition the University for excellence and make it one of the best in Nigeria and beyond. He urged the Association to expedite action on an ongoing digitisation project it embarked on for the University, adding that the project has witnessed undue delay.   

Speaking earlier, Chairman, Rivers State Chapter of the Association, Mr Sam Woka, who congratulated Professor Georgewill on his assumption of office as a substantive Vice Chancellor, said they were in the University to felicitate with one of their members, expressing hope that as the 9th Vice Chancellor, Professor Georgewill would tackle the challenges facing the University and the Association. He noted that Alumni members around the world are indicating interest in participating in the activities of the Association.

Woka, who identified security of lives and property as a crucial element in the development of society, disclosed the Association’s plan to build lecture theatres and install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on the University Campus. “We shall resume our plan for the Annual Lecture and Dinner as soon as the remains of the late National President, Chris Adokeme, are laid to rest,” he added.

Also speaking, Chairman, Board of Advisers in the Association, Dr Umor Omagile, who described the Vice Chancellor as a native of the University, observed that because the Vice Chancellor is a native of the University, his tenure would be characterised by success, without any student unrest or crises. He assured the Vice Chancellor that the Association will complete the digitisation project. 

The highlight of the courtesy visit was the decoration of the Vice Chancellor with the Unique UniPort Muffler on behalf the Association by Dr Chris Akani. The Association also presented a customised UniPort tie and a Plaque to their distinguished member and Vice Chancellor of the University.

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