Beats 37 others to emerge
FOLLOWING the end of Prof Joseph Ahaneku’s tenure, Prof. Charles Esimone has been named his successor. Esimone yesterday emerged the new Vice Chancelor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, having defeated 37 other contestants.
The Governing Council of the institution made the pronouncement through its Director of Information and Public Relations, Emmanuel Ojukwu, saying that, “Out of the 38 that applied for the position, seven were shortlisted for interview, wherein Esimone emerged winner.
According to him, the selection process was so competitive and transparent. In the end, the contestants had to hug themselves. You can see the joy of the exercise pervading all over on the campus.”
National Light gathered that Esimone, who was until his appointment, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics of the institution would run for a single term of five years.
According to the letter signed by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of the university,” please refer to your application for the above post, dated February 1, 2019, and your interactive session with the Joint Council/Senate Selection Board, held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the University Council Chamber.
“In accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of First Schedule, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Act CAP 139, LFN 2004 as amended by the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act 2007 Act No 1, I have the pleasure to convey the approval of the Governing Council of your appointment as the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
“The Appointment which shall be for a single term of five years is with effect from Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
“A copy of this letter is being forwarded to the Minister of Education for the information of the Visitor to the University.”
Prior to this appointment, the Deeper life Pastor, Prof. Esimone, who hails from Akwaeze,Anaocha LGA,Anambra State had a major breakthrough in his marital life early this year as his wife delivered of a set of Quadruplets after 12 years of barrenness.
Prof. Esimone, the pioneer dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, NAU, who became a professor at the age of 37, emerging as the youngest professor in the university and first professor of pharmacy, is also the first professor of pharmaceutical microbiology in south-eastern Nigeria.
Esimone is a recipient of several awards, which include the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to Germany (2003-2005), Visiting Scientist to the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2007-2008), the ANDI Bright Contest Award for the Best African Innovative Researcher, South Africa (2009), Young Scientist (representing Nigeria) at the “Summer Davos” Annual Meeting of New Champions, Tianjin, China (2010) and the CV Raman Senior Fellowship, India (2013).
He is a member of the Governing Council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the Nanomedicine Society of Nigeria; he is, indeed, the pioneer national president of the Nanomedicine Society of Nigeria.
Prof. Esimone, who has successfully supervised over 35 postgraduate students, is a recipient of various national and international grants and a reviewer to several national and international journals. He is a member of several professional bodies including the Global Young Academy and the American Society for Cell biology.