VC Inaugurates Management Team of ACE-FUELS
(By Dr Obinna Ofozoba)
The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze has said that World Bank projects being strategic in nature are exclusively meant for serious-minded institutions and establishments and the initial impression of the efficiency or otherwise of the project implementation has a lot to say about the implementing agency/institution.
Prof. Eze disclosed this during the inauguration of the Management team of African Centre for Excellence in Future Energies and Electrochemical Systems (ACE-FUELS), FUTO held at the Council/Senate Chamber on Friday, March 15, 2019.
It will be recalled that the World Bank recently recognized FUTO as a Centre for Excellence in Africa after the University ranked 10th out of one hundred and thirty-two (132) Universities that contested in the research competition organized by the World Bank which has six million dollars ($6million) reward for World Bank development projects and other sundry needs of the University.
Welcoming the team that represented the University in Djibouti, the Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to God for granting them journey mercies. He pointed out that from his experiences on World Bank projects, only hard work, dedication and utmost commitment to duty can guarantee meeting the project objectives. Prof. Eze stressed much on the importance of initial impression and pleaded with the team to do all they can to ensure that the project goals are met as that is one of the major criteria that will guarantee subsequent project renewal. Moreover, he highlighted training on budget and project management as necessary tools required to deliver results.
He assured that Management had thrown its weight behind the programme and will continue to give its support with the available resources pending the advancement of the fund by World Bank. He informed the team that Management has already instructed the contractor handling the building that will house the Centre to expedite action so that office spaces will be allocated to them.
The Vice-Chancellor while encouraging ACE-FUELS Management to be team-players and team-builders, said that the success of any team is the success of all as there is no winner in a losing team and urged them to share information, amicably resolve challenges and professionally handle other factors that may tend to militate against their work so that the project deliverables will be guaranteed. He didn’t mince words to remind them of one of the primary aims of the Centre which is to produce more PhD and MSC students and to ensure that they graduate their students at a record time. He encouraged the younger ones to spend more time on research at the Centre, to be able to build their capacities which will not only benefit the University but also take them to enviable heights.
Having abundantly conveyed the University’s expectations on the team, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate and Management of the University officially inaugurated the Management team of ACE-FUELS to the glory of God.
The Deputy Centre Leader, Prof. Chinyere Ada Madu in her vote of thanks, appreciated the University Management for its support so far and reassured the Vice-Chancellor of the commitment of the Management team of ACE-FUELS to deliver on its mandate, thereby making the university proud and paving a way for the project renewal.
Others present during the inauguration include DVC (Academic), Prof. N.J. Okeudo, DVC (Administration), Prof. J.S. Orebiyi, the Registrar, J.U. Nnabuihe and Mrs Helen Onuoha, the University Bursar.