By Cynthia Igbokwe
The Nigerian Economic Society has inaugurated a new chapter of the society in Anambra State, with it being domiciled in the Department of Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka.
The ceremony held at Adam Smith Hall, Alhaji Ishaku Umar Building at the Economics Department, NAU, Awka, Thursday, September 30.
In his opening remarks, the President of the Nigerian Economic Society, Prof Sarah Anyanwu, commended lecturers in the Department of Economics, NAU, for the great heights they attained in the recent appraisal, especially in research and publication. He also commended Mr Nonso Ekesiobi of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), for outstanding inputs in research.
The President who was represented by the NES council member and also Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, NAU, Prof Uche C.C. Nwogwugwu, noted that the society was brought home to highlight economists in society; just as he insisted that it had since been sidelined.
Nwogwugwu also called on all economists in Anammbra to come out in full force and join the chapter, stating that membership was not restricted to those in academic environment; even as he also advised the chapter to portray the motto of the state which is “Light of the Nation”.
While Inaugurating the chapter which had Dr Ebele Nwokoye as chairperson; Dr Cajetan Aniebo, co-chair; Mr Nonso Ekesiobi, secretary; Dr Ann Ike, public relations officer and Mr Chibuzo Nwabue as the State Liaison Officer, Nwogwugwu charged them to ensure that economists in Ananmbra State were brought under one umbrella.
The new chapter chairperson, Dr .Ebele S. Nwokoye, in her acceptance speech thanked the NES President for his laudable initiative, ‘selfless effort exhibited toward the inauguration of the new chapter’.
Dr Nwokoye pledged to take the chapter to greater heights through expanding the frontiers of NES activities; setting up the Anambra State Secretariat; circulation of its flagship publication which is the NJESS; mobilization of members for the society’s activities; coordination of inductions of new graduate members from the state for the national body and so many other responsibilities expected of the chapter.
She appreciated the selflessness exhibited by the new executive members and expressed gladness that they were taking steps in the right direction in order to enable those not in the academia to participate effectively in the affairs of the body.
In his closing remarks, the interim chapter secretary, Mr Nonso Ekesiobi, reemphasized the need for all graduates of Economics joining the society, noting that there were much to benefit from being a member.