The Provost, State College of Education Technical, Arochukwu Dr Philip Nto, Management and Staff of the University have received with deep shock and sadness the sudden death of the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Prof Francis Otunta who died in a ghastly motor accident.
A release endorsed by the Registrar of the Institution Ikechukwu Odoemelam says the Management and Staff still remember with nostalgia the robust relationship that existed between the University and the College particularly the affiliation of the College to the University which was birthed during his tenure as the University’s Vice-Chancellor.
According to the release Professor Otunta as the topmost administrator in the only Federal University in the State, also ensured that he maintained a cordial relationship between the University, and the State Government under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and remained cordial throughout his stay in the State.
The release regrets that when he should be resting after contributing his quota to the development of humanity through human capacity building and academic pursuits, death came calling adding that by his death his immediate family, his community, Afikpo and the academic community of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike have lost an erudite academician and administrator.
It discloses that ASCETA is conscious of the fact that a vacuum too difficult to fill has been created and prayed that God will console all that are affected by his sudden death.
The release further commiserates his immediate successor and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Iwe and the entire University Community and advised them to take solace in his good legacies and further expressed the belief that the relationship that existed between the two institutions will be sustained and prayed his soul to find eternal rest in God.