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South East State Universities That Had New VCs In 2021

There are currently fifty four state universities that are approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Nigeria. Only seven of these universities are located in the South East. Three of these universities had new vice chancellors (VC) in 2021. Let us take a glimpse at these institutions and their new heads. 

The first university in this category is Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri. This institution was established in 1981 Samuel Onunaka Mbakwe, the first executive governor of the state. The current vice chancellor of IMSU is Professor Peter Achunike Akah. This Professor of Pharmacology of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) was appointed by the Governor Uzodinma in January, 2021. Incidentally, Akah (who became a professor in 1995) has been an adjunct staff of IMSU since 2006.

The second South East university that had a new head this year is Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University (KOMU), Ogboko. KOMU, the second university owned by Imo State government, was originally established in 2016 as Eastern Palm University (EPU). In February, 2021, it was rechristened after Kingsley Mbadiwe (a foremost nationalist and minister in the first republic) by an act of the state house of assembly. The current VC of the institution, Professor Ikechukwu Nosike Simplicity's Dozie, was appointed by the state governor earlier in 2021. Prior to his appointment, Dozie was a Professor of Microbiology in the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).

King David University of Medical Sciences (KDUMS), Uburu is the third South East state university that had a VC this year. This university was established by an act of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly and approved by the NUC in 2021. The VC of KDUMS is Jesse Chigozie Uneke, a Professor of Medical Parasitology. Prior to his appointment as VC of KDUMS, Professor Uneke was the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) in Ebonyi State University (EBSU).

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