The Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, has publicly ordered the lecturers and staff of the Faculty of Agriculture in the university, to henceforth embark on a large scale growing of fish and other agricultural produce for sale to consumers.
Prof Awuzie, who gave this order in his remarks when he and other members of the Management of the university went to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, IMSU for a special thanksgiving to God, also directed that henceforth agric lectures should strive to be meeting with their students in the course of the latter’s practical and field studies, as a way of intensifying their productivity levels.
The Vice Chancellor commended the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, for instituting the free education policy in the university but warned that it is only free for those who passed their examinations, stressing that any student who does not measure up in his or her academic work loses the opportunity, and is immediately dropped.
According to him, the road to success is hard work, emphasizing that the university has no room for what he described in Igbo parlance as “Isi Okpukpurism”, (meaning block head).
He noted that the university was working hard to regain its lost glory and is striving to henceforth be reckoned as one of the best state-owned universities in the country.
The VC thanked the Priest in charge of the Chapel, Rev. Canon Chinemerem Uche, for the challenges he posed to the university.
Earlier in his homily which he captioned: PRODUCTIVITY IN CHRIST JESUS, the Priest in charge of the Chapel, Rev. Canon Chinemerem Uche, warned against any productivity that cannot be explained before God, stating that no matter how one may be smart, one cannot be smarter than God, his Creator.
Rev. Canon Uche noted that lecturers who resort to the sale of their books and handouts to students instead of taking quality time to teach them as well as those who delay the processing of students’ results, to enable them go for the National Youth Programme as and when due, cannot be said to be productive before God, and would not have their names written in the Book of life in the end,
He admonished students who would not want to read their books but rather depend on the use of what he described as “anointed pens” on the day of their examinations, to have a re-think, as such acts, he said, remain greatly counter-productive.
According to the clergyman, there is money in IMSU, if only the Deans and Heads of the various departments in the university could extend their knowledge beyond theories, and focus more on practicals that will not only increase their productivity levels but generate a lot of fund to the university, adding that such change would help a lot towards turning out sound graduates from the university.
Highlight of the service was the presentation of some agricultural produce grown by the Chapel to the VC who, in turn, pledged a donation of N100,000 to the Chapel, on behalf of the university in support of its church building project, and a personal donation of N30,000.
The first lesson, taken from Prov. 61-11 was read by Lady Carol Nwaokoro, while Associate Professor Emmanuel Inyama took the 2nd lesson from John 151-17. Bro. Fortune Orji conducted the service.