The impressive performances of the students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO) in recent external examinations have been attributed to the “permeation of the word of God into the lives of students”.
The Anglican Bishop of Egbu, Rt. Rev (Prof) Emmanuel Iheagwam was given the above testimony by the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof C.C. Asiabaka, during the prelate’s pastoral visit to the institution for confirmation and induction of the faithful.
Prof Asiabaka who spoke through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof Onwuagba disclosed that in a recent public examination conducted by Chevron (Nig) for recruitment of Industrial Training (IT) students, that FUTO products took the first four positions. He commended the Bishop and his wife for the inspiration they had given the students.
Apart from the confirmation and induction ceremonies, Bishop Iheagwam presided over the ceremony moving the Anglican Chapel of Light (ACOL) of FUTO to its permanent site which was considered symbolic as that would mark the bishop’s last episcopal assignment at FUTO before official retirement.
Bishop Iheagwam, aprofessor of Zoology commended members of the Chapel for uniting their efforts to build God’s house.
According to him, the visit was like home-coming which reminded him of his days as an undergraduate and advised the students to embibe morality in their lives.
Bishop Iheagwam enjoined the students to aim at excellence through diligent study assuring them that the amount of efforts they put into preparations for their examinations would surely be reflected in their results.
A total of 22 girls were inducted into the Anglican Girl’s Guild (A.G.G).
Why we are transforming health sector
Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha has stated that his administration is ever determined to make the state a tourist destination in health-care delivery by implementing certain innovations that will effectively transform the sector. Gov. Okorocha, who stated this at the National Executive Council meeting of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Owerri, Imo state, explained that the innovations include introducing commercialization, partnership and concessioning in the public health system.
He explained that beyond payment of the enhanced consolidated salary structures to health workers in the state, his administration is constructing 27 brand new General Hospitals in each of the local government area, a diagnostic centre in the state capital as well as install the first ever MRI machine in Imo State University Teaching Hospital (IMSUTH).
Gov. Okorocha disclosed that about one billion naira has been spent in the infrastructural upgrade in the state government owned teaching hospital and the newly upgraded specialist hospital with modern health facilities.
He added that the ownership of health centers have been transferred to communities as part of measures to revive and reposition them to provide effective primary health-care services to the people at the grassroots.
Speaking on the theme of the meeting “Insecurity in Nigeria: implications for medical practice,” Gov. Okorocha admitted that insecurity has slowed down development in Nigeria even as he canvassed for the state police as panacea to security challenges in the country.
He attributed the Nigerian problems to over centralization of power at the center, poor management of resources and corruption which he lamented have eaten deep into the system.