The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has installed the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman Plateau State Council of Chiefs, Da Jacob Gyang Buba as the new Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK).
Buhari carried out the investiture as part of activities marking the 10th combined Convocation ceremonies of the institution.
The president, who is the Visitor to the University, was represented at the event by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie.
In his address, Buhari said that the Federal Government is working hard to address the challenges facing educational development in the country.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the University’s new Chancellor to discharge his duties credibly.
The President challenged universities in Nigeria to be at the vanguard of research, teaching and community service, so as to enhance the nation’s development in all fields of human endeavours.
Responding, the Chancellor expressed appreciation to the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria for honouring him with the appointment.
He added that he would use the position as Chancellor of the University to mobilize the goodwill of various stakeholders in order to support the management, staff and students of the University, to advance and attain the goals and objectives of the Institution.
The Vice-Chancellor of UNIZIK, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, while congratulating the Chancellor on his appointment, pledged the loyalty and support of the entire University.
He expressed optimism that the wealth of knowledge and experience of his majesty would be an invaluable asset to the University.
Highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of Honorary Doctorate degree (Public Administration) on the Chancellor and carnival parade in his honour.