Posted by Douglas Okoro/Joy Mbachi | 25 November 2017 | 1,328 times
St. Paul University, Awka, and Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki have opened condolence registers in honour Dr Alex Ekwueme, Nigeria’s first elected Vice President, who died in a London clinic on November 19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the late Ekwueme had been the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the St. Paul University since its inception in 2009 and Chancellor of EBSU until his death,
Prof. Uche Isiugo-Abamihe, the Vice Chancellor of St. Paul University, said in his tribute that Ekwueme’s demise was a huge loss to the university community.
He noted that Ekwueme had undertaken major capital projects in the university, ensuring that it met all requirements that would facilitate securing full accreditation by the Nigeria Universities
Isiugo-Abamihe described Ekwueme as “irreplaceable and honourable chairman whose name would be written in gold in history of St. Paul University”.
“He was a patriot, a man of courage, a father and a trail blazer,” the vice chancellor stated, adding that his achievements would be built upon.
Similarly, Chief Ikechukwu Abana, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, told NAN that the university had “lost a voice”.
According to him, Ekwueme, as BOT Chairman, was attracting personalities to sustain the university.
Our correspondent who visited the university on Friday, reports that Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, a former Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State and Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, was the first to sign the
condolence register opened late on Wednesday at EBSU after a management meeting.
Similarly, Prof. Francis Idike, the immediate past Vice Chancellor and other principal officers of the institution numbering about 16 have so far paid tribute to the late elder statesman.
His younger brother, Igwe Laz Ekwueme, who is also the traditional ruler of Oko in Anambra State, had issued a statement announcing the former vice president’s death.
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