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Group urges Nigerians to get PVC, vote choice candidates

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By Patrick Egwu,

The Senior Staff Club of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka has urged Nigeri­ans of eligible age to get their permanent voters’ cards to en­able them to vote of their choice in the 2019 general elections.

The of the club, Prof. Anselm Onyimonyi, made the call in Nsukka, State during the 52nd Annual Gener­al Meeting of the club.

He said that the club comple­mented ’s efforts on voter registration by work­ing out an arrangement with INEC to deploy materials and men to ensure that members of the university community were registered.

“INEC deployed materials and men to the basement of the Institute of African Studies in UNN for a week. This afford­ed more than 1000 persons the opportunity to register and get their PVCs.

“I am happy with the re­sponse of our members who have not registered before and who seized the opportunity to register in the ongoing con­tinuous voter registration. I urge who have not registered to go and register to enable them to vote for can­didates of their choice in the 2019 general elections,” he said.

He said the club had intro­duced a lecture series and in­vited important personalities from time to time to deliver lectures on issue of domestic, national and im­portance. “Recently, the former Vice-, Alhaji Atiku Abubaka, delivered a lecture ti­tled “Restructuring and the Ni­gerian Economy,’’ and in a few weeks, the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, will be in UNN to deliver a lecture on “Ni­geria Economy After Oil”.

“This lecture series is to en­rich the knowledge of the uni­versity community, the public as well as avail members the opportunity to interface with speakers on matters of domes­tic, national and concern,’’ he said.

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The president commended the Vice-chacellor of the uni­versity, Prof. Benjamin Ozum­ba, who he said had restored the annual subvention of the club.

“The VC has graciously ap­proved N1m as annual subven­tion to the club. This is a wel­come development given the fact that the N5,000 members contribute as annual dues is no longer enough to run the club,” he said.

Onyimonyi appreciated the cooperation of members since he assumed office in August 2016 and pledged that the ad­ministration would continue to operate open door policies as well as do its best to take the club to the next level,” he said.

He said that the club had more than 400 professors and would soon published a book titled “Where best Brains are Preserved “ that would chroni­cle the history of the club since inception.

The president said that Gov. Ifeanyi of Enugu State had accepted the club’s request to be their grand pa­tron, adding that members would be informed as soon as the approval induction was received.

Also speaking, Prof. Nnado­zia Inyima expressed satisfac­tion with the achievements of the executive led by Onyimonyi and described the administra­tion as focused on setting goals for itself.

“The administration of Ony­imonyi so far has done well giv­en the fact that it has achieved almost the goals it sets for itself on assumption. I suggest that the club makes the 14 goals of this administration a routine for future administrations of the club,” he said.

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Also speaking, Prof. Okoro Ijoma commended the present administration of the club for its dedication to duty as well as carrying every member along in the running of the club. “We will continue to give necessary support to your administration in your determination to leave this better than you met it.

“The club is happy that your promise in your acceptance speech to ensure that the uni­versity annual subvention to the club is restored has been achieved that showed you are a dedicated leader,” he said.

In a unanimous resolution, members who attended the 52nd AGM agreed that the starting calendar year of the club be restored. By this resolution, the present admin­istration would now handover by 2019 instead of Au­gust 2018.

The highlight of the meeting was certificate of award to Ijo­ma into the college of life mem­bers of the club for his contri­butions and investment in the club.

Orient Daily gathered that by the award, Ijoma has joined 11 other members exempted from the annual dues because of their big contributions to the club.

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