Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has assured that his administration will continue to celebrate excellent performance by Abians who have done well in their chosen fields.
Governor Ikpeazu stated this during the Grand Civic Reception organized in honour of the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University, Professor Uche Ikonne by the people of Ukwa La Ngwa held at the Ngwa High School Aba.
Governor Ikpeazu congratulated the organizers of the event which he said represents a Celebration of Excellence.
According to the Governor, it is our tradition as Abians to celebrate those who performed creditably in office and congratulated Professor Uche Ikonne for his ability to manage the University environment excellently during his five year tenure as Vice Chancellor.
He also congratulated a former Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu for grooming Professor Ikonne and urged
Professor Uche Ikonne to continue to stand on those positive legacies that have stood him out.
Governor Ikpeazu pledged to associate himself with excellent performance by Abians in future.
In his speech, the Chairman of the occasion and former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Rt. Hon. Eric Acho Nwakanma who described Professor Uche Ikonne as a worthy Ambassador of the State, said that the Grand Civic Reception is in line with the tradition of the Ukwa-Ngwa people to appreciate hardwork.
He noted that the tenure of Professor Uche Ikonne as Vice Chancellor of ABSU witnessed positive turn around as the ranking of the University moved from 93rd to 27th in the ranking of Universities across the country and 2nd best in the comity of state Universities among other monumental achievements.
In his remarks, the Celebrant Professor Uche Ikonne said that he is overwhelmed with the show of love by his people and appreciated the organizers of the event for the honor done him.
He commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for demystifying the art of governance and showing example which challenged him and served as tonic which set the tone for him to serve creditably.
In a remark on behalf of the Central Organizing Committee, the Director of Publicity Sub-committte and Deputy Chief of Staff office of the deputy Governor Sir Don Ubani said that the People of Ukwa-Ngwa are pleased with the remarkable achievements of Professor Uche Ikonne as the first Vice-Chancellor of the Ukwa-Ngwa extraction thus the grand civic reception and thanked the invited Guest for gracing the ceremony.
Highlights was the conferment of the Ugo Ocha Ukwa-Ngwa Chieftaincy title on Professor Ikonne by the Traditional Rulers of Ukwa -Ngwa, the unveiling of the book “Divine Mandate, Our Story Changed” by Professor Chibuzo Ogbuagu and presentation of citation on Professor Ikonne by the ABSU Public Orator Professor Ogbonna Onuoha.
Deputy Governor Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Traditional Rulers and other eminent indigenes of Ukwa Ngwa land were part of the event.