WRITTEN BY GODWIN UMEH OF THE NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS UNIT
All roads will lead to Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu on the 25th of this month as the university holds its 4th convocation ceremony.
With three sets of graduates in 2013, 2014, and 2015, Godfrey Okoye University is set to handover degree certificates to another set of its students who have met the requirements for the honour.
The epoch making event which will kick off on Sunday 19th of this month with a special Holy Mass at the Omnium Sanctorium Chaplaincy, continues on Monday February 20th with a News Briefing by the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Professor Christian Anieke.
Tuesday, the 21st of February 2017 will be Creativity Day of the school while Wednesday the 22nd is for the Cultural Day.
The Inaugural Lecture of the University which is scheduled for Thursday, the 23rd of February will be delivered by Monsignor Professor Obiora Ike, while Friday 24th is set aside for the convocation lecture. The lecture is expected to be delivered by a former Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Donald Duke and will hold at the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Convocation Arena.
The climax of the week long activities will be the convocation ceremonies for the award of degrees scheduled for Saturday the 25th of this month.
A Thanks-giving Holy Mass to round off the event holds on Sunday, the 26th of February, 2017 at Omnium Sanctorum Chaplaincy with the Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. C.V.C. Onaga and the Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Okonkwo Gbuji as celebrants.
The Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu which started academic activities in 2009 is now setting the pace in the nation’s academic sector.
Initiated by the incumbent, indomitable priest and committed academic, Very Reverend Father Professor Christian Anieke, Godfrey Okoye university got its operational license on 3rd November, 2009 from the National Universities Commission.
Unlike some other privately owned tertiary institutions, Godfrey Okoye University has set records in many areas. For example, the university received its permanent license within six years of its operation through the spirited efforts of its great achiever and humanitarian Vice Chancellor, Very Reverend Father Professor Christian Anieke.
The university has been in the forefront of inventions like the production of hand sanitizer, bio-coding, the setting up of the best campus radio in Nigeria and equally has plans to set up a DNA learning centre which will be the first in Africa.
The institution is also known to have hosted several workshops and conferences, including the Justice Anthony Aniagolu Memorial lecture, the 3rd International Conference on Biotechnology – ICOBAND-, The Maternal Health and Home Delivery Conference, courtesy of Rotary International, Austria Section, International conference on the Literary Achievements of Chinua Achebe which gave birth to the establishment of the Achebe Centre for Literary Studies, and the 1st Biosafety Conference on the role of Biosafety in national development.
These conferences attracted research fellows from across the globe that brainstormed on new areas and development of existing works.
The university which began with two hundred and fifteen students now has over three thousand students, four faculties and twenty-six departments.
With a philosophy based on the nature of the human person as a social and a dialogue seeking being, the university truly understands education as a dialogical process of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.
At present, Godfrey Okoye University has collaborations with over thirteen reputed international universities across the globe. Some of the foreign universities are currently hosting former students of Godfrey Okoye University who are carrying out their postgraduate programmes and research on various areas of human endeavour. Reports from their host institutions indicate that the former students are performing excellently in their various fields.
This collaboration has not only confirmed the institution as a reliable, fast-growing educational and research conscious institution, but a university with a difference.
The partnership has also provided opportunities for some of the university’s graduates to study overseas on full scholarship. Some of the current students in the institution have equally been given express approval by universities in the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany and the United States of America for study tours during the holidays.
The convocation promises to be another unique event as great men and women are expected to grace the occasion.
As Godfrey Okoye university roles out its red carpet for its outstanding students and guests, the school equally beckons on its friends, parents and the general public to be part of the celebrations and see, the quality of facilities, and products of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.
Bravo, Mr. Vice Chancellor, Very Reverend Father Professor Christian Anieke. Bravo students of this great university. Bravo, graduates of great Go University.
We wish you the best as you receive your crown of success and step out gallantly into the larger society.
Great G.O.U., Great.
Godwin Ukah Umeh
Head of Operations, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.