National Executive Officers of University French Teachers Association of Nigeria (UFTAN), an umbrella body that covers all French lecturers in Nigerian Universities, yesterday August 5, 2019, paid courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi state, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, to brief him on their preparedness to hosting the upcoming 22nd Conference and Annual General Meeting tagged Promoting Regional Security in Sub-Saharan Africa; The French Language Perspective.

VC, Prof Chinedum Nwajiuba addressing UFTAN EXCO.

Introducing the visitors to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh, Director, AE-FUNAI French Centre, stated that AE-FUNAI clinched the hosting rights during the 20th UFTAN conference in November, 2017, at Badagry, Lagos State, Nigeria, adding that the conference will hold from 13th to 17th October, 2019. According to her, it is a tradition, for National officers of the organization to update the host institution on their plan and readiness for the conference especially with regards to provisions and verification of necessary resources, hence the courtesy visit.

Dr. Nnenna Nwosu-Nworuh, Director French Centre, presenting UFTAN EXCO to VC.

Receiving the officers in Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room, VC, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, maintained that he has aim to transform the University to become best among equals, both in infrastructure and staff development. In his words, ‘’you build your development around what you have, seeking for the things that will benefit the society you are serving and not what you will benefit’’. He announced to his guests, with excitement, that AE-FUNAI successfully played host to Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, August 2, 2019, who came to commission the REA built Solar Power Plant, which now supply steady light to the 8-year old University.

Prof. Nwajiuba further assured his commitment to promotion of French language in AE-FUNAI, Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa. He reiterated the importance of French language in Nigeria in particular, as we are surrounded by Francophone countries. Amongst the plan he has for French language development in AE-FUNAI, is building of befitting French Centre after commencing work on the proposed University Theatre Arts Building in the next few weeks, ‘’The future is bright’’, he said.

Prof. Austin Moye, National President UFTAN, addressing VC, Prof. Nwajiuba.

National President of the Association, Prof. Austin Moye, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor, saying that he has a unique personality whose leadership style and team spirit are commendable, adding that from what they have seen the vision is clear. He recalled that there was a time Prof. Nwajiuba launched tree planting program, ‘’plant a tree put your name and nurture it’’, pointing out that today he has seen that vision come to reality. Prof Moye applauded the VC for the level of transformation the University has undergone since he took mantle of leadership and never minced words in telling him that his type is rare to find.

Professor Moye further declared the purpose of their visit, stating that their mission is to ascertain the level of preparedness of the Local Organizing Committee, and bring up suggestions to make the event remarkable being the first to be held in AE-FUNAI. He thanked VC for the warm reception accorded them upon arrival, affirming that AE-FUNAI is a hospitable institution. Prof. Moye opined that Academic Conferences are avenues for beaming light on the University and requested for the presence of media platforms at the conference to project the university as well as the association.

VC, Prof. Nwajiuba in group photograph with Prof. Moye, DVC Academic and other university officers.

The national officers present were:

Prof. Austin Moye (National President), Prof. Doris Obieje (Vice President), Dr. Ngozi Iloh (Secretary), Dr. Angela Ajimase (Treasurer), Dr. Stella Omonigho (Financial Secretary)

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