After 27 years, the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Abia State, Umudike (MOUAU), has sought both executive and legislative intervention in securing the land ceded to the university since 1994.
In a visit to the speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chinedum Orji, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, alongside the school’s management team, tabled before the speaker of the house, some of the challenges facing the university, as well as the request for a legislative intervention in securing the land ceded to the school 27 years ago.
In his speech, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, extolled the speaker’s exceptional leadership qualities which he said have brought about the harmonious management of the state.
He said that even though the university management had earlier met with the Governor and tabled some requests before him, they still took advantage of the harmonious relationship existing between the school, the executive and legislative arms of government in the state, to request their intervention in securing the land ceded to the university since 1994.
The Vice Chancellor who is the 6th of the University since its creation, said as an Abia indigene, he has a personal stake in the state and would provide every necessary support to all arms of government of the state to succeed.
The University also requested the Speaker and his colleagues to intervene in the accumulated arrears of tax payable by staff of the university to the government, as the burden had become too heavy on them.
Responding, the Speaker, Chinedum Orji, thanked the Vice Chancellor and his management team for thinking it wise to visit and synergize with the Assembly, to seek intervention on the issues raised.
The Speaker, however, assured that himself and his colleagues would do everything within their powers to ensure that the Vice Chancellor and his team succeeds, requesting that a formal letter detailing their requests be forwarded to the Assembly as soon as possible to enable them leverage on the smooth relationship between the Abia State House of Assembly and the Executive to bring solutions to the issues facing the university.
The lawmaker who further extolled Iwe for his attribute of honesty, said he has no doubt that the VC would work diligently to lift the school to an enviable height, going by his commitment in the Scripture Union, where he rose as the National President of the body.
The Speaker said he was sure the Vice Chancellor as an Abia man would be specially dedicated and committed to the growth and development of the university located at the heart of the state.
Orji, however, displayed trust on his colleagues, who he hinted are highly committed, cooperative and responsible lawmakers, that could go beyond their primary legislative duties to embark on projects that could bring succour to their constituents. He emphasised that the lawmakers have always worked to maintain the smooth relationship between the executive and the legislature, which the VC is leveraging on, promising that they would work with the school management to help the university achieve their goals.