The Publisher, Mr. Steve Ashien, Editorial Members and the entire management of Ika Weekly Newspaper received with joy, and described as historic, the appointment by the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, of an illustrious Ika daughter, from Ekwuoma, Ika North East Local Government Area, in the person of Professor Stella Chinye Chiemeke, as the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the newly established University of Delta (UNIDEL), Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta state.
As the Newspaper management congratulates Professor Stella Chinye Chiemeke, and of course the entire Ika nation for this feat, we are particularly happy that an erudite scholar of Ika extraction is appointed by a Governor of Ika origin to head the first university in Ika nation.
The Newspaper organization is more particularly happy that the State Governor Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa is becoming reputed for discovering talent and rewarding hard work.
Professor Chiemeke’s appointment remains a good testament to this assertion.
Going by her information at the public domain, it shows that Professor Stella Chinye, CHIEMEKE obtained her professional training at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1986 and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1992. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in 2004.
She started her professional career first as a programmer (1986-1987) and later as the Head of Computer Centre of the Edo State University (Now Ambrose Alli University), Ekpoma (1987-1994). In 1994, she switched to a teaching career when she joined the services of the University of Benin, Benin City, as an Assistant Lecturer. Prof. (Mrs.) Chiemeke rose to the position of a Professor in 2009 to become the second Female Professor of Computer Science in Nigeria. Her area of specialization includes Software Engineering, Digital forensics, Information and Communication Technology Project Management and Software.
Until her appointment, she was the Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, where available records of achievements points at a superlative performance.
Except for peripheral reason(s), it will be hard not to describe someone with the above achievements as a hero/heroine. And our objective estimation at Ika Weekly Newspaper, you have again shown clearly that ordinary calculation can be upturned by extraordinary personalities.
However, as torrents of accolades continue to flow into your home from Nigerians of goodwill with more expected for this unique achievement, it is important as a responsible and responsive media organization desirous of your success to remind you of a time-honoured dictum which states that; every freedom must go with a responsibility.
In the leadership world, just like in the real world of business, performance does not count in absolute terms. Rather, it is the performance that is people-purposed and rendered with a human face that counts. Our dear V.C, you also need to be aware that the credibility of leadership can only be established through actions and not words.
It will be highly rewarding if you within this space have as part of your vision the urgency of building leadership/administrative foundation that is sustainable, democratize information management in ways that guarantees intending information seekers about the school free/unhindered access, develop a workable master plan, and implement integrated infrastructural development, promotes education considered as process and outcome fair. Most importantly, you must institutionalize financial transparency, accountability and prudent spending of public funds.
Finally, one point you must not fail to remember is that, bringing a radical improvement or achieving sustainable development in a way that both protects the rights and opportunities of coming generations will not be possible if you present yourself as all-knowing, more selfless, more intelligent or good looking than other stakeholders.
Again, accept our sincere congratulations.