While some so called leaders had continued to destroy the youths who are the present and future life wire of society, an academy known as Nnadiebube Academy of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Humanities and Educational Research (NAPSSHER), has honoured the immediate past provost of Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Professor Josephat Okechukwu Ogbuagu, mni, for his commitment to the development of the youths.
The academy had at a well-attended academic function on April 21, 2018, held a Presentation and Promotion of Festschrifts with the themes: Management, Society and Development, and Education, Science and Development, in honour of distinguished Professor Josephat Okechukwu Ogbuagu, mni, who is one of the consultant editors of NAPSSHER.
Speaking at the event that was held at Finotel Classic Hotels, Awka, Anambra State Capital recently, the convener and the manager of the prestigious St Mary's High School, Ifitedunu, Anambra State, Rev. Fr. Dr Jude Ifeanyichukwu Onebunne, said the academy chose to honour the distinguished professor, due to his passion for the empowerment and development of the youths.
According to Rev Fr. Dr Onebunne, who is also the founder of Nnadiebube Academy of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Humanities and Educational Research (NAPSSHER), unlike what was obtainable in the present Nigerian society, where the leader(s) had developed phobia against the youths, Professor Ogbuagu wants the youths to grow.
He commended him for his giant human and infrastructural developmental achievements at Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, which paved ways for development for many youths.
On what informed the choice of the themes of the Festschrifts- Management, Society and Development, and Education, Science and Development, the Catholic priest, who is a celebrated academia and administrator, said Ogbuagu was able to make his mark on the sands of time as the provost of the only Federal College of Education (Technical) in South East Nigeria, because he was a good administrator and manager.
Presenting the Festschrifts, a professor of Religion and Philosophy, Tansian University, Umunya, Prof. Kanu IK. Anthony, OSA, described Professor Ogbuagu as a silent, but industrious academic being, whose achievements in academics were pre-eminent and productivity sparked by versatility.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and Dean, Faculty of Environment, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Professor Emeka Oguzie, commended NAPSSHER for the worthwhile event organized for the celebration of the industrious academia.
He described the contents of the book publications as catalysts for optimum development in Nigeria, saying that the rich content of the publications in honour of Ogbuagu if properly harnessed would bring about optimum development that is evident in China, in Nigeria.
Speaking on the occasion, the former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Rev Fr Prof. Boniface A.C. Obiefuna, commended Prof Ogbuagu for his many humble contributions towards the development of humanity and the Church. He congratulated the convener, Rev. Fr. Dr Jude Onebunne for his landslide achievements in academics and administration, urging him to stride on as he was a good material for professorship.
On his part, the Chief Consultant Editor of NAPSSHER, Rev Fr Prof Jude Ezeokana, thanked God for the opportunity to celebrate Prof. Ogbuagu, who he said really served marvelously for the eight years he was the provost of FCE (T), Umunze.
Rev Fr. Ezeokana, who is a former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, NAU, described Professor Josephat Ogbuagu, mni as a reflection of humility and simplicity, who was endowed with so many virtues which people would not only admire, but emulate. He commended the distinguished professor for the services he rendered to the Church and society, as well as extolled the wife, Dr. Lady Adaora Ogbuagu, for her unique support and encouragement to the husband.
Fr Ezeokana appreciated the convener, Rev Fr Jude Onebunne for his doggedness and the habit of giving his ideas for the development of society through writing.
In his response, the celebrant and distinguished Professor Josephat Ogbuagu, mni, expressed his delight over the event organized in his honour, and appreciated NAPSSHER for celebrating him.
He tasked all on improved reading culture, saying that consistent reading boosts knowledge and bring about development.
Speaking to the press, Prof Ogbuagu, mni, advised all on constant prayer life, to get closer to God always and strive to do good so as to excel in life.
Meanwhile, encomiums had continued to fill the air in honour of Prof Josephat Ogbuagu, mni, over his unprecedented and tremendous achievements for the eight years (18th January, 2010 – 17th January, 2018), he was the provost of Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze.
The Public Relations Officer of the College, Mr. Sam Otti, in one of his recent write-ups, described the eight years of Prof. Ogbuagu's administration in FCE (T) as a glorious era and a turning point in the annals of the institution. He observed that Ogbuagu's administration brought the College into spotlight through the elevation of the College to a degree awarding institution in affiliation with NAU, Awka, and the movement into the permanent site (Main Campus) on December 22, 2015;
According to Otti, Prof. Ogbuagu's administration steered the College to the path of steady development through giant achievements, construction and commissioning of landmark projects such as successful accreditation of all academic programmes by the NCCE, NUC and TRCN respectively, a library complex with more than 2000 sitting capacity, stocked with over 10 million books, construction and equipping of the College Entrepreneurship Centre for skills acquisition programme, building of new hostel blocks and renovation of old ones as well as perimeter fencing of the entire permanent site and mounting of a befitting College gate, among others.
Another staff of the College, Mrs. Obiageri Odika on her part, noted that FCE (T), Umunze witnessed tremendous transformation in all sectors throughout the eight years of Ogbuagu's administration.
Odika stated that Professor Josephat Ogbuagu, mni, who she described as a trailblazer, expanded the academic programmes of the College and developed it to enviable standard through adequate infrastructural provisions, prudent management of funds and meticulous handling of human resources.