Students from the Niger Delta region have hailed the provost of Abia State College of Education Technical Arochukwu, Phillips Nto over what they described as his patriotic role leading to the emergence of Madu O. Iwe (Professor) as the new vice-chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. The students who paid a solidarity visit to the provost in Umuahia, expressed gratitude to him for mobilising wide support for Iwe before and during the selection process.
According to the students, who were led on the visit by Cyril Samuel Ekpe, vice president (East) of Niger Delta Students Union, Otuonye Famous, president Students Union, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike and Frank Eme Orji, NANS Zonal representative, Nto’s principled and consistent support for the out-going and incoming vice-chancellors helped on the victory. Eme Orji told the provost that they were aware that he stood firm for Iwe even at the risk of his life and described him as a born leader with a lot of prospects.
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The union leader noted that it would have been a great injustice if Abia State had been denied the opportunity to produce the next vice-chancellor of MOUAU. “We are here to commend you for fighting for Abia State and the entire MOUAU students because Iwe was the best among the pack,” Orji said.