Willie Obiano, Executive Governor of Anambra state has assured that the state government will assist the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) to become a more competitive university.
Speaking while congratulating the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Charles Esimone, Obiano who acknowledged the critical place of higher education in the development of nations, lamented the backwardness of Nigerian higher institutions in the international rankings.
The Governor noted with regret that out of the 43 federal and 48 state universities as well as 79 private universities across the country, only the University of Ibadan (UI) and Covenant University could make the list of the world’s top 1,000 universities in the latest annual Times Higher Education survey.
Gov. Obiano, who described the newly appointed VC as most deserving, urged him to display uncanny leadership.
Prof. Esimone whose appointment was announced last week by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Board of the university, Alhaji Azeez Oladotun Bello, would assume office on June 4, 2019.
In a congratulatory message issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba, Governor Obiano further described the new VC as the best man for the job.
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