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Nigeria is like a car with a knocked engine – Obi

The former  Presidential candidate of the PDP,  Mr. Peter Obi has  compared Nigeria to a vehicle with knocked  engine, insisting  Nigerians should devote more of their energy towards fixing the engine than seeking or concentrating energy on who becomes the driver.
Obi  made these remarks yesterday  during the public presentation of  “Communication and Media Studies”, a book edited by the former Dean of the Department of  Social Sciences and former Commissioner for Economic Planning and the first female Professor of Mass Communication in sub-Saharan Africa, Prof. Chinyere Stella Okunna.
Obi who was the Guest of honour at the event said that people like Prof. Okunna who were contributing to the advancement of knowledge should be encouraged. Noting that the world today is knowledge-driven, he expressed  as disgusting  a situation as in Nigeria where political thugs and diverse rascals get rewarded more than professor and researchers.
His words: “ Today, nobody recognizes academics nor are they invited for meetings on how to deepen knowledge in the country, yet everyday we hear of meetings with kidnappers and bandits.”
All the speakers took turns eulogizing the book as well as its editor,  Prof. Okunna  for her devotion to scholarship.  Leading, the  traditional ruler of Igbakwu, Prof. Onuorah Nwuneli  described Okunna as imbued with  “analytical mind.”
In his own remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Okey Esimone who purchased some copies for the University, described Prof. Okunna as an “accomplished scholar whose love for excellence is inspiring.” He said that people like her  were useful towards achieving his vision of making the university among the best 200 in the world. He described the book as rich and scholarly.  He encouraged other lecturers to engage in mentorship of the young ones as Prof. Okunna is known.
The Chairman of the Occasion, Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration  described Prof Stella Chinyere Okunna as one of the eminent professors that has given name to Nnamdi Azikiwe University. She commended her work and assured on the readiness of the University to start exporting knowledge to all the parts of the world.
Reviewing the book, Prof. Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu who described Prof.  Okunna as a “mother and a mentor” describe the book as “the first that addresses the unbundling of mass communication into eight newly approved  courses by  the NUC.
commending the book in all aspects, he said  “its technical details, finishing, themes, grammar, contents  and language are excellent, depicting the experience and proficiency of the editor.
The reviewer concluded by  recommending the expansion of the section  on  public relations, advertising and strategic communication. He also  suggested incorporating,  by way of contributions,  the practical experiences of media practitioners.
Earlier  in her  welcome address,  the editor of the book, Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.  She particularly thanked Mr. Peter Obi  for his exemplary leadership, personality and character. She also thanked the VC for his vision for the University.
The  Special Guest of honour, Prince Arthur Eze who was represented by Prince Okey Ezeh appreciated Prof’s efforts with 5 million Naira.

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