Leave golden impressions behind – KSJI Grand President urges FUTO VC
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof Francis Chukwuemeka Eze has been advised to go about his duties in such a manner as would leave golden impressions of his tenure behind, after he had left office.
The advice was given by the Grand President of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International KSJI, Brig-Gen (Prof) Ezechiel Ihionu recently when he led the Grand officers on a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor.
Noble Ihionu urged Prof Eze to approach his responsibilities in the spirit of John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Ancient and Noble Order, to which he is a member. The Grand President reminded him that KSJI is a fraternal organization and that is why the Grand officers had come to thank God, congratulate and encourage him to put in his best in order to excel. The Grand President observed that John the Baptist was courageous and known for championing the truth and so he should ensure that everybody in the university community got what he deserved.
“By so doing, your tenure will be great and by the time you finish, there will be a lot of good things to say about you”, assured Prof Ihionu. He told Prof Eze that the Order expects her members to be the light wherever they work, so that anyone who mentions their name would be given good testimonial of their enviable track records.
The Grand Respected President, Noble Sr. Elizabeth Shiweobi, on behalf of the Grand Commandery, presented the vice chancellor with a copy of the Bible, Crucifix and Rosary. The same gifts were presented to the Registrar of the university, Sir J.U. Nnabuihe, who is also a knight of St. John International. Prof Ihionu took time to explain the spiritual significance in the life of a Catholic, of each of the gifts the Grand Commandery chose to present to them, namely:
The Word of God, Strong faith and Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so as to cope with the challenges of their enormous assignments. He took the opportunity to advice the vice chancellor and the Registrar to cooperate with and support each other for the smooth running of the institution.
In his response, Prof Eze expressed appreciation for the brotherly love shown by the visit. He thanked the Grand Commandery for its choice of gifts, recalling that each time he was given a bible, it dawned on him that he was taking a kind of oath. He said that he had always relied on God in all his life’s endeavours and that praying the Rosary has attracted special intercessions of the Blessed Virgin Mary for him in times of need. Prof Eze called for an increase in the spirituality component of KSJI and promised to make up for whichever aspect of his 3Ts (Talent, Time and Treasure) that had been lacking.
In his remarks, the Grand President of the Orlu Grand Commandery to which the vice chancellor belongs, Brig-Gen Val Oboh, thanked God for making the courtesy call a success and prayed God to guide Prof Eze to excel in his assignment.
Members of FUTO Management present included: the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof 0. Ogbogbe, DVC Administration, Prof I.C. Ndukwe, the Registrar, Sir J.U. Nnabuihe, Bursar, Mr. Don Nwokocha (represented) and the university Librarian, Dr. Mrs. Chinwe Anunobi.
other KSJI Grand Officers who took part in the courtesy call were: The Grand Secretary, Col T.K. Nwachukwu, District 8 commander, Major (Prof) Remy Uche, who introduced the Grand Executives, Noble Sr. Dorothy Anyaehie, Secretary for Grand Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX), Noble Sr. Vero Iwu, Grand First Vice President LAUX and Capt CEJ Ibe, Grand Assistant Secretary. Others are Col Peter Opara, Grand Sgt-At-Arms, Major Vin Agu, Grand Treasurer Capt Mike Okereke, Grand Guard, Lt. John Agbakwuru, Grand Editor-in-chief/PRO, Lt Anthony Agomuo, Grand Admin Secretary, Lt Moses Ajaka, PA Security and Lt. Vincent Azubuike, Editor Supreme Journal.