The Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has expressed deep sadness over the death of the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Professor Francis Otunta in a ghastly motor accident last Tuesday.
Governor Ikpeazu in a release endorsed by his Chief Press Secretary Onyebuchi Ememanka described the death of Professor Otunta as painful and heart breaking.
He noted that Professor Otunta was one of Nigeria’s finest mathematicians and educational administrators, pointing out that in the area of managing the affairs of tertiary institutions, he was one of the most experienced in the country having served as Rector of the Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana Afikpo and later as Vice Chancellor at MOUAU”.
The Governor, recalled with nostalgia that “Professor Otunta a well-rounded academic showed great respect supported and allowed him to lead a Research Team in Biochemistry at the University, even as Governor”.
Governor Ikpeazu made it clear that Perhaps, professor Otunta’s most enduring legacy is that he shared and respected my position as Governor of Abia State that an indigene should succeed him as vice chancellor of the institution.
The Governor Ikpeazu, on behalf of the Government and People of Abia State condoled the family of the Late Professor, the Government and People of Ebonyi State and the entire academic community in Nigeria on this huge loss, praying God to grant his soul eternal rest.