Friday, 21 October 2016

UNAA Marks 8th Dignity of MAN Lecture

 Chairman LOC, and Deputy National President UNAA, Prof F.O Orabueze delivering her welcome Address

The University of Nigeria Alumni Association (UNAA) marked its 8th Dignity of Man Lecture in UNN, recently.

The lecture titled, “The Rule of Law as the Foundation of any Nation” was delivered by an erudite scholar and jurist, the Chief Judge of Anambra State,  Honourable Justice Peter Umeadi.

Honorable Justice Umeadi is an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, the university founded by the first president of Nigeria, the Rt Hon Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Zik of Africa and the Owelle of Onitsha).
The 8th Dignity of Man Lecture was delivered under the chairmanship of a retired Justice of Court of Appeal and Chancellor of Nnewi Anglican Diocese,  Honourable Justice Eugene Ubaezuonu (Agba Nnewi).
Guest Lecturer, Justice Umeadi ,flanked by V-C, DVC Admin and Justice Ubezuonu 
The rule of law as defined by the guest lecturer, Justice Umeadi is the legal principle that law should govern a nation as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials.
Justice Umeadi stated that the rule of law connotes observation, practice and enforcement of rules but that it could only function with civility, regretting that law enforcers often get impatient and frustrated with what they perceived as slow pace in bringing those who have been charged with crime to justice.
The jurist further stated that the rule of law is the premise upon which the development of any nation hinges on.
‘The rule of law is a cornerstone of democratic societies. It becomes focal, therefore, that its many facets form essential components of sustainable development in communities where it is given the pride of place.
‘The rule of law doctrine is ubiquitous. It touches all sphere of our existence. It includes the making of the law itself, thus bringing the legislature under the centre stage. However, its sustenance lies with the court’, he stated.
The interesting part of the lecture was the discussion by a first-class graduate of the university, the Commissioner of Police for Enugu State, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu.
CP Ojukwu stated that the principles upon which the rule of law are vested, which include the supremacy of the law, equality of all persons before the law and the recognition of the rights of persons under the law, should be respected in all ramifications for the facilitation of the development of the nation Nigeria.
Earlier, the chairman of the Alumni Day Organizing Committee, Prof. Florence Orabueze explained that the choice of the theme for the 8th Dignity of Man lecture was informed by the current harsh socio-political and economic Situation in the country which only strict adherence to the rule of law was perceived as the panacea.
‘The committee decided to discuss an aspect of the challenge of nationhood faced by Nigerian leaders and those of other third world economies”, she stated.
Prof. Orabueze who is also the Deputy National President of UNAA, also stated that the good relationship that had existed between the university and the alumni was a testament of the visionary leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ozumba.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ozumba described UNAA as a great partner in the progress of the university.
Prof. Ozumba appreciated the contributions of individuals and groups of alumni members who have donated equipment, upgraded facilities and instituted awards at departmental and faculty levels in the apex university.
He, however, tasked the alumni to continue to assist the university, especially in the areas of erecting a senate building, renovating some hostels that have been beaten by age, etc, regretting that the University of Nigeria is the only first generation university that does not have a separate senate building.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of Awards to Justice Peter Umeadi, as well as other alumni such as, EMINENT LION AWARD to CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, DISTINGUISHED LION AWARD to Senator Sonni Ogbuji and the 8TH DIGNITY OF MAN AWARD to His Excellency, The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Dr. Chris Ngige, by the National President of UNAA, Chief (Barr) Andrew Oruh.  
Other dignitaries in attendance include the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof Charles Igwe, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof James Ogbonna, the university Registrar, Barr Chris Igbokwe, the chairman, Senate Ceremonials, Prof Kenneth Ofokansi, other principal officers of the university, lions and lionesses.                                                                                     

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