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Ugwuanyi Donates Student Union Centre To UNN

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi announced the donation of a Stu­dent Union Centre to his Alma Mater, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Governor Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi acted out his passion for viable stu­dent unionism in the country as he announced the plan of his government to donate a Student Union Centre (SUC) to his Alma Mater, the Univer­sity of Nigeria, Nsukka.

The governor announced the gesture at the Princess Alex­andra Unity Hall and Theatre, the venue for the 55th Found­ers’ Day Lecture, making the jubilant students of the uni­versity, who had yearned for a befitting student union centre sing the governor’s praises.

On completion, the pro­posed centre would provide the Student Union Govern­ment (SUG) a venue where its members would comfortably deliberate on policies of stu­dent welfare and also begin the process of learning leadership.

While delivering the 55th Founders Day Lecture entitled “Legislation as an Instrument for Social Justice in a Grow­ing Democracy, Governor Ug- wuanyi broadened the knowl­edge of the university dons as well as other members of the audience as he demonstrated his legislative know-how/ prowess.

He stated that social justice remains the panacea for our society that has become thea­tre of conflicts of various dimension spawned by various reason such as lack of access to life-chances, discrimination, lack of inclusion, restrictive market to mention but a few.

Quoting Chapter 11 (13 – 21) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, he said that the constitution has provided for equitable rep­resentation of all the compo­nent units of the federation.

“The composition of the government of the federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to pro­mote national unity and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few state or from a few ethnic or other sec­tional groups in that govern­ment or in any of its agencies” he said.

He also said that economic growth is an essential compo­nent of development but with­out a deliberate policy focus on equity and social justice, there would be society-wide deprivations of the individu­als.

The governor, therefore, called on the legislature to make laws that would guaran­tee social justice as well as to impeach serving government functionaries with corrupt tendencies.

Earlier, in an address, the Vice Chancellor of the Uni­versity of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Professor Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, thanked the governor for finding time to honour his invitation as the Founders Day lecturer despite his busy schedules.

He stated that the universi­ty, which had a humble begin­ning of220 students, 13 mem­bers of the academic staff and few utilitarian buildings can now boast of over 30,000 stu­dents, approximately 2,000 staff strength and wonderful structures scattered in her dif­ferent campuses, pointing out that his administration would always promote the dreams of the founding fathers, an­chored on the initiatives of late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe which is geared towards the restoration of the dignity of man.



–  Amah Baldwin, Enugu

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