Deputy Governor of Anambra state, Dr Nkem Okeke has described quality education as best weapon to conquer the world, as well as the debt every parents owe to their children.
Okeke stated shortly after receiving an award of excellence by the Department of Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, in recognition of his selfless service to humanity by the Department during the third Staff Seminar and first Alumni homecoming of the department.
He appreciated the department for the recognition, just as he eulogized the dexterity, focus and innovative mindset of the Head of Department of Economics, Nnam Awka, Dr Ebele Nwokoye and her team.
While arguing that Nigeria’s problem is not restructuring but poor leadership, Okeke called for leadership with sincerity, purpose, and selflessness across all levels, just as he stressed the need for parents to invest in academic lives of their children.
Earlier, Head of Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Ebele Nwokoye explained that the honour was in recognition of the contributions of the Deputy Governor throughout his period in the department as the HoD before his political appointment.
She said, “The event was organized to recognize excellence that the Deputy Governor represents, and also to equip the students with knowledge that will make them employers of labour and not job seekers on graduation.”
Describing as apt the theme of the lecture, “Institutions, Good Governance and Economic Development: The case with Nigeria”, the HOD insisted that economic development connotes inclusiveness in resource allocation and existing literature documents.
Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Uche Nwogwugwu commended the Deputy Governor for being a good representative of the department and the institution at all times, and encouraged the students to be serious with their studies in order to be relevant in time to come.
“Unemployment, extreme inequality, social exclusion, natural and man-made disasters, poverty and hunger are danger signs. A free society which cannot care for its numerous poor citizens is a disaster waiting to happen,” he added.
Nwogwugwu explained that the department took positive measures aimed at proffering solutions to its welfare issues, requesting for an extension of the existing structure to accommodate the increasing number of staff and students.
The event which featured paper presentations on equipping the students with knowledge to enable them become self reliant on graduation, also had in attendance the Branch Controller Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Awka, Mr Benedict Maduagwu, Head of Mass Communication Department, Prof. Chinwe Uzochukwu, among others.
The event which took off with tree planting was also the first Alumni home-coming of the Department.