The Vice-Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, Professor Benjamin Ozumba , has announced that the institution will soon take over Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company, ANAMCO, with a view to commencing the manufacturing of tractors in collaboration with some foreign countries. The exercise which he tagged ‘tractorization programme’, according to him, will be producing no fewer than 500 tractors yearly for the whole country.
Professor Ozumba who was speaking during a visit by a group of Nsukka Opinion Moulders comprising eminent sons and daughters of Nsukka town including traditional rulers, stated that the development will lead to the industrialization of the town and Enugu state in general adding that it will take care of employment and other needs of the people of the town.
He also announced that a science park will be established in the university and experts from Sweden were already in the country to rub minds with officials of the university and expressed happiness with the visit of the people of Nsukka to acquaint them with what is happening in the campus.
“As soon as I was appointed the VC here, the first thing I did was to meet Nsukka people in a town hall parley before commencing work. I am happy to note that most of your humble requests here have been taken care of without prompting. On the issue of erosion, we have commenced serious work on that and the World Bank has taken up the issue. As the foremost university in the country, we recently won educational leadership award and many other awards in the country.
“We have embarked on many laudable projects which will soon materialize. The university, in collaboration with foreign countries like Turkey, China, Israel, are taking over ANAMCo with a view to commence manufacturing of tractors at cheaper rates for the whole of Nigeria and would be producing not less than 5oo tractors yearly. It is called tractorization programme. When this industrialization programme takes off, we all know that it will take care of employment and Nsukka people will be the greatest beneficiaries’ from the programme. We are also embarking on the establishment of a Science Park, which has not been done in this part of the country before and experts from Sweden are already here to rub minds with us over the project. The project will attract many companies to Nsukka town.”
He commended the people of Nsukka for their steadfastness and support for his administration and assured that he will do his best towards improving the university and making it one of the best in the world.
The leader of the group, Igwe Spencer Ugwoke, the traditional ruler of Obimo community, in his speech commended the Vice-Chancellor for the developmental projects going on in the university and assured of the unalloyed support of the people of Nsukka to his administration. According to him; this is the first time since the establishment of the university, opinion moulders are paying such visit.
He recalled the glowing achievements of some of his predecessors and noted that the group had to come to show solidarity with what he has been able to do so far stating that the Vice chancellor came in and effected glaring impressive changes worthy of emulation. “Our visit here today is to express the appreciation of the people of Nsukka to the changes you have made so far in the university and give unalloyed support to the growth of the institution.
“We urge you to intensify efforts towards the provision of adequate security in the campus by ensuring the fencing project was completed. We have seen the new structures going on in the campus; we have come to show that we are remembering you and we shall continue to remember you because of the projects going on in the campus. Nevertheless, we will appeal that you should consider the employment of our people in the university and the erection of a mini- market for trade and commerce to thrive for petit traders that throng the varsity.
“We are begging that admission quota for our people should be strictly adhered to as applicable in other universities in the country. We are also appealing for efforts to be made towards checking the erosion problem and its attendant health hazards from Obukpa lane which is affecting those living around the campus and beyond. Our people should also be carried along in the issue of contracts in the university. We expect you to hearken to our demands so that your successors will not fail to toe the same line towards achieving amicable relationship with our people. Finally, we must commend you for the good work you are doing in the university. We also wish to be meeting with you quarterly so as to continue to appraise all the good work you are doing in the university,”Igwe Ugwoke stated.