The governing council, Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in a bid to ensure peaceful co-existence between the university and their host communities has mapped out strategy that would be beneficiary to both parties.
The council during a courtesy call to Governor Theodore Orji at the government house, Umuahia was told to ensure that the university steps up to an international standard in the area of agricultural research.
The visit to the two host communities, Olokoro and Ikwuano, the traditional councils, led by pro-chancellor of the university, Professor Anya Oko accompanied by the vice chancellor Professor Hilary Edeoga.
During his address, Professor Anya said that the positive influence and impact of the presence of a university in a certain location cannot be over-emphasised as it encourages both economic growth and human capacity development, and therefore everything needed to make it possible including land should be made available.
Eze Obioma commended Vice chancellor Hilary Edeoga for his commitments and urge him to do more for their community by employing more of their youths while Eze Obaji complained that his community was not being carried along.
During the visit to the governor, the university authorities complained of encroachers on the school’s property which Governor Orji promised to resolve. He assured them of the administration’s readiness to assist them in any land dispute.
He also encouraged the council to work hard and ensure that peace reigns.