A multi-million-naira Ultramodern Nursing Mother Centre and Students’ Convenience have been donated to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, by the institution’s Alumni Association, Lagos Island Chapter.
The commissioning of the first alumni project, which took place at the faculty of Education, attracted members of the alumni association from within and outside Anambra State, members of the university community, friends and well-wishers.
In her address, the chairperson of the Lagos Island Chapter of the association, Princess Amaka Obi, explained that the chapter was created to change the mindset of the alumni and awaken in them the spirit of nationalism and philanthropic commitment to the university.
She revealed that many tertiary institutions in Nigeria do not have students’ conveniences and student nursing mother center hence the need to provide the facility for UNIZIK for the comfort of the students.
Princess Amaka , while unveiling measures to maintain the facility, also disclosed other projects the alumni is coming up with to include Alumni office and scholarships for UNIZIK students as ways of giving back to the institution that made them.
The guest speaker, Professor Emeka Ezeonu, commended Princess Amaka and Lagos Island Chapter for being the first alumni association chapter to build a facility in the university noting that alumni associations are major wealth Nigeria is yet to tap into.
Responding, the vice-chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, appreciated the alumni association for coming up with strategies to help the university through Think-Home Philosophy and for completing the facility in a record time.
Also speaking, the father of the day, Dr Raymond Obieri represented by Honourable Izuchukwu Mba, expressed satisfaction that the project which began in 2020 is now a reality, and commended UNIZIK Vice-Chancellor for providing the enabling environment.
Correspondent Queen Anigbogu reports that the facility was officially commissioned by Professor Esimone on behalf of the patron of the association, Dr Frank Okafor while dancing by artisan women group added colour to the event.