Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie has been bestowed with the honour of excellence in professional service by the Faculty of Physical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
The award was conferred on the Commissioner during the 9th Annual Lecture Series of the Faculty held at the University Auditorium, with the theme”The Implications of a Chemical Product and Its Waste”
According to Dr. Mrs Nkechi Okoye, who read her citation, Prof Obiekezie has distinguished herself as an academic and a researcher having to her credit 45 academic publications.
“At present, she is the only Atmospheric Physicist in the university and has over 18 grants to her credit which enabled her to travel to different countries in search of newer knowledge.
” It is also worthy of note that she is the first Female Professor of Physics in the university, one of the few who became professors at an early age in the faculty” she said.
Chairman of the occasion and former Vice Chancellor, Enugu State University of Science and Technology(ESUT), Prof. Luke Anike, who presented the plaque to the Commissioner, commended the faculty for achievements recorded.
Responding, Prof. Obiekezie said she considered it an honour for recognition of her efforts having been a former Head of Department under the faculty.
She said the honour would spur her to work harder and add more value to the university community as well as in service of the State.
Earlier, Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Josephat Ogbuagu said the faculty had maintained a steady annual lecture series over the years with active participation of each department under the faculty.
He appreciated the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Charles Esimone for his effort towards the establishment of three new departments of Information Communication Technology, CyberSecurity and Software Engineering in the Faculty.