A chieftain of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) and member of the APC Legacy Projects’ Media Team, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has heaped bundles of praises on the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Professor Owunari Georgewill, over the sudden rise of the school in the just released Webometric Ranking of World Universities across the globe.
Chief Eze, while commending the efforts of the vice chancellor and his management team, stated that the upward leap of the university, which was ranked 6th last year and 5th this year, is a reflection of the true, deliberate and committed managerial ability of Prof. Georgewill, who took over the seat of the varsity about one year ago.
In a statement signed by the erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) in Port Harcourt recently and just made available to the press, the APC stalwart stated his assurance in the ability of the new vice chancellor to make the school rank first in the country.
Hear him, “With the new upward leap, Uniport is striving hard to catch up and compete with the global world. The new status further confirms that new developments in the institution under Prof. Owunari is recognized and reinforced to prod him and his team to do more”.
He further called on the administrator to be more focused; he also called for support from the students, staff and other members of the university’s community, to help actualize the vision of Prof. Georgewill.
The professor, who had earlier expressed his satisfaction over the ranking, stressed that his administration remains focused on ensuring that more laurels are won.
“We remain committed to adding our perspectives, experiences and backgrounds to attract and prepare for higher achievements with a desire to serve the public good, and through our scholars, demonstrate a path forward”.
Prof. Georgewill also noted that such laudable feat was bagged in spite of the ongoing seven months’ industrial action, embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
According to him, “We are therefore grateful to be assessed and ranked at a time we are concerned about the ASUU strike. The University of Port Harcourt recognizes the responsibility and privilege of looking forward to carrying on our tradition of greatness”.
Eze congratulated the entire university and expressed optimism that the lingering strike would end soon, to enable the able prof and his team to keep up the good work they have been doing.