The Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), on Saturday, honoured its immediate past HOD, Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, for his outstanding performance during his tenure.
Prof Jonah Onuoha, the new HOD, at the brief ceremony, commended his predecessor for giving the department a face-lift during his tenure which, he said, was being testified to by members of staff and students.
“It is on record that Abada’s administration renovated the departmental building and added more office accommodations.
“He also organised the first homecoming for the department’s alumni which was well-attended, with Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State as the guest lecturer.
“His administration did so many things that impacted positively on the department and that is why members of staff and students have decided to organise this ceremony, which will end with a football match, to appreciate Abada,” he said.
Onuoha said that the history of the department would not be complete without the mention of Abada’s contributions.
Responding, Abada thanked the staffers and students of the department for recognising his “little contributions”
“I am humbled and overwhelmed with this ceremony, which was organised by the department to honour me for my little achievements as HOD.
“I thank the members of staff and students of the department because, without their support and cooperation, I would not have achieved anything,” he said.
Abada, who is also the immediate past chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNN chapter, urged them to extend the support and cooperation given to him to the new HOD.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the football match between the final year students of the department and their 200-level counterparts ended 4-1 in favour of the former.
Speaking shortly after the match, Tochukwu Chidozie, the Coach of the final year students, said that he was excited by his team’s victory.
“We have been training very hard at the Akanu Ibiam Stadium in UNN here,” he said, adding that his team would dedicate the victory to the former HOD (Abada) who was being celebrated.
Also speaking, Henry Ugwu, the Coach of the 200-level students, said that his boys tried their best but that luck was not just on their side.
“In every game, one side must win. The final year students have won today; we also can win at another time,” he said.
Edited by Chidi Opara and ‘Wale Sadeeq