Mike Odeh James
While basking in the euphoria of two awards presented to him and his instituition Greenfield University respectively, Founder/Pro Chancellor, Engineer Simon Nwakacha (Onwa of Umueri), has stressed the need for more investments in tertiary institutions in Nigeria, to meet up with the rising demands of secondary school graduates in the country.
Engineer Nwakacha made the call, while speaking exclusively to New Nigerian Newspapers, shortly after he was presented with awards from the national executive of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), who described Greenfield University Kaduna as the fastest growing private tertiary instituition in Nigeria on Friday October 28, 2022.
He said that the growing army of youth who are unable to secure admissions into tertiary institutions to pursue future ambitions, also poses threat to Nigeria’s dicey security situation.
According to him, there is urgent need for private entrepreneurs and organisations to brave up and save Nigeria and its youth from idling away by investing in setting up more private tertiary institutions.
On the seperate awards bestowed on him and his institution, the Pro Chancellor described them as motivating, while addressing the students and other guests.
“For the NAPS to find me worthy is encouraging.
“There was one programme I used to watch on NTA in those days, they were interviewing then Minster of Education, Professor Babs Fafunwa, who said he went to university in USA, but he was sponsored by an Ibo man.
” It was for that reason that if an Ibo man can give a Yoruba man scholarship, these are the kind of people we should be talking about. We were discussing it that what can we do to solve problems in Nigeria, then we were young like you.
“When we came to where our city campus is located and started Imperial College in 1996, I met only six Gbagyi huts. But today, you can see it has become a huge community inhabited by thousands of Nigerians.
“There were no schools, we had to even support the government primary school.
“We shall continue to do our best to ensure that the dream of Greenfield becoming a world class university does not die,” he said.
Earlier in a welcome address, Vice Chancellor of Greenfield University, Prof Simon Daniel Katung said that he taught in polytechnic for almost 19 years and the knowledge delivered is indepth like what is being offered at Greenfield University.
“The pro chancellor deserves accolades for establishing the first private university in Kaduna State.
“Knowledge is dynamic and the only tool that can be used to change the world.
“You should count yourselves lucky that you are in school acquiring knowledge. That is why curriculum is structured to fit in anywhere you find yourself in the world.
“For those of us working with our Pro Chancellor, we should be encouraged to be part of those that will take this university to greater heights,” he declared.
In a goodwill message, a former Manager with Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Engineer Patrick Anokwe said that when he sees students, he knows there is hope for Nigeria.
He praised the students for their patriotism.
According to him, when they were in secondary school, Engineer Nwakacha was very active and had no idle time.
“I think God is solidly behind him. Even though the devil tried to discourage him with the incident at the main campus of Greenfield, he still bounced back at the City Kudenda Campus,” he said.
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