Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, (Formally Anambra State University), Igbariam and Uli Campus respectively, on Saturday matriculated a total of 4,300 students into her undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the 2017/2018 academic session.
This figure which represented a total of 4084 undergraduate and 216 post-graduate students, saw the students swear the oath of matriculation at the event witnessed by parents, friends and well-wishers across the Board.
In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fidelis U. Okafor, who charged the students on leadership, stated his belief that everything rises and falls on leadership; “I do believe that the greatest need of the 21st Century is that of Leadership; there is a dearth of leadership in our nation today. “Whereas leadership is not an endowment, commitment to the future is what makes a leader.
Just as there are no born failures, there are no born leaders, but rather a distinction by an evolution of values. It is, therefore, an art that must be consciously and intelligibly developed,” continued the Chancellor.”
Further, in his speech, he noted that: “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going, This explains the doggedness and commitment of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University to birth this needed change.
We believe that until something changes within us nothing changes around us. Until the mind is renewed, life cannot be transformed.”
Also in his speech, the Public Relation Officer (PRO), Mr Chigozie Ntomchukwu, charged the matriculants to leave up to the expectations of the mission of the institution to raise a new generation of leaders. His words: “Nigeria is in dire need of Leaders across the various sectors of the economy, coupled with the security challenges as well as the challenge of access to and quality of education.
The good news is that COOU is the solution to these issues but you have a role to play.” He also stressed that, In Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, “we train people to be faithful to their work, respect mutual obligations, be kind to one another, and place the welfare of others above personal gains. Above all, we teach you to do things with the fear of God,” and charged the matriculants to be good ambassadors of the school and the country, Nigeria at large.
According to him, the University has shown itself as Center of Excellence by Laurels won in recent International, National and State competitions in various fields, and it has to be ranked second, to the University of Benin, by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, as the institution that strictly complied with the Board’s guidelines on admission.
In addition, he said that the institution have been ranked as the 67th best University out of the 140 Universities (Federal, State and Private) in the Country.