Abia State Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu has been conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) in Public Administration by the Senate and Council of Rhema University, Nigeria for his contributions towards the advancement of education in the state.
Speaking after receiving the Honorary award during the 6th, 7th and 8th combined convocation ceremony of the University held at Rhema University Auditorium, Aba, the Abia Deputy Governor reiterated that the state and Nation need a blend of intellectual and political leadership that will move the polity forward in today’s globalized society.
The Deputy Governor said having recognized the importance of education and the corresponding obligations of the honour done him, he will continue to use his office to advance the course of humanity, pursue vigorously the development of education in the State as well as support the ambitions of the University to become one of the best ranked Universities in Nigeria.
He noted with pride that Abia State according to present statistics is ranked as one of the most educationally advantaged states in Nigeria with its students maintaining average 65% pass rates over the last three years and found in the top three positions in School Certificate Examinations.
The Deputy Governor appreciated the Chancellor, Rhema University, Bro Emma Okorie for his wonderful contributions to the advancement of education in Abia State and beyond and congratulated the graduands for their milestone achievement while urging them to take advantage of the spiritual and academic training they received to defend and give life to the philosophy and mission of their citadel of learning.
In his address, the President, Living Word Ministries Incorporation and Chancellor Rhema University Nigeria, Dr Emma Okorie said they were driven by a godly passion and vision of equipping humanity for excellence to impart knowledge based on sound moral and intellectual upbringing to people that can chart new course for the State, Nation and Society at large.
Also in their addresses, the Pro Chancellor Rhema University Nigeria, Prof Ogwo E Ogwo and the Vice Chancellor, Prof Ogbonnaya Onwudike who said they have maintained a steady and stable academic calendar within 11 years of establishment and adjudged one of the best private universities in the South East with zero tolerance to cultism, drug addiction and other societal vices prevalent among youths achieved through spiritual nurturing and counseling.
The event which featured the Admission to first Degrees and presentation of prices to graduating students who distinguished themselves in their respective programs and goodwill messages from sister Universities attracted the presence of top government officials, members of the academia and other notable personalities.