The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), 1985 graduating class, yesterday, donated a Rotary tablet press to the university to aid the training of pharmaceutical students in drugs production.
Executive President, Circle of ‘85 Pharm, Chuka Dozie Chukwuanu, who made the presentation at the Altinez Lecture Hall, UNN, said the machine was procured through freewill contributions of the members of the Class of 1985 to help in the training of the present and future students of UNN’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Chukwuanu, who described the donation as “a trigger project,” also called on other sets of alumni who passed through UNN to give back to their alma mater to improve the university’s infrastructure and human capital.
“It is out of hearts overflowing with gratitude, therefore, that we all decided to give back to this great institution and contribute to the training of the present and future students of our faculty. This Rotary Tablet Press was procured in Shanghai and purchased with the freewill contributions of all members of our class. We are proud of ourselves but even prouder of the faculty and students who would use it to improve their training,” he said.
Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe, charged the alumni of the institution to always give back to the university to cater for its dilapidated infrastructure.
Igwe, who also tasked different faculties of the university with productivity, added that the institution would not be worth its name if it cannot produce different products to take care of basic societal needs.
He equally charged the University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) to eschew politics but live up to its bidding by effecting development projects in the university, adding that UNN, an institution of over 60 years, needs supplements just as aged parents.
Dean of the faculty, Prof. Kenneth Ofokansi, said the Class of 1985 had demonstrated the huge premium the members’ place on quality education by donating the tablet press to the faculty.
Ofokansi, who described the president of the association as a workaholic that has continued to make his mark in the positive transformation of humanity, appreciated the Vice-Chancellor for his unending support to the faculty, especially in reviving its pilot mandates.
In his keynote address tagged: “Strategic Partnership,” a former president of UNAA, Dr. Okey Ewurum, stressed the growing need for classroom works to achieve convergence with entrepreneurship.