The Governing Council of Gregory University, Uturu, in Abia State has been inaugurated, preparatory for the commencement of its academic programmes in September.
Our correspondent reports that the institution is a privately-owned university.
In his inaugural speech on Tuesday, the Chancellor of the university, Dr Greg Ibe, charged the council to operate within the confines of the law.
Ibe, who is also the proprietor of the university, cautioned the council members not to “‘meddle in the day-to-day administration of the university by the administrative authorities. ’’
He further noted that by the provisions of the enabling law, the council should be answerable to the University’s Board of Trustees, which according to him, is the general overseer of the institution.
Ibe said that he want the university to be noted for high quality academic and research programmes as well as professional, practical and entrepreneurial capacity development.
He said: “the mission of the institution is to produce God-fearing, ethically sound, highly skilled global leaders, who shall be catalysts for technological and socio-economic advancement. ’’
The chancellor said that the university would place top priority on the attainment of all-round excellence, adding:’ we must be revolutionary to attain and sustain excellence.’’
He said that the institution would help indigent student, adding: “in Gregory university, we will help the helpless to have education. ’’
He gave the assurance that the institution would provide assistance to the indigent students through scholarships, bursaries and loans, to ensure that qualified persons were not deprived.
The acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Jerome Okonkwo, in his address, stressed the need for a new approach toward solving the problem of corruption and unemployment in the country.
Okonkwo attributed the decay in the nation’s education sector as well as the perennial strikes by universities and unemployment problem to corruption.
He urged the major stakeholders in the nation’s education sector to revisit the problem bedevilling the sector, saying: “education from the root needs serious attention. ’’
The vice chancellor identified “the dearth of academic staff members’’ in private universities as part of the challenges facing the sector.