The Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) Prof. Charles Arinzechukwu Igwe, has encouraged students with special needs in the university to pride themselves and embrace their uniqueness.
“Take pride in yourself, take pride in what you do. You are all uniquely made,” declared VC during the maiden Christmas Carol organized by the Association of Students with Special Needs (ASSN) in the campus.
Represented by Prof. Eze Okonkwo, Prof. Igwe encouraged students with special needs to view their disabilities not as limitations but as unique qualities that set them apart. He emphasized the university’s commitment to accommodating students with special needs, positioning UNN as one of the country’s best institutions in this regard.
“I am hopeful that this will make an impact because we have noticed that the school knows little about what we are passing through,” said Eja Manifest, president of ASSN, expressing the association’s aim to create awareness about the needs of special needs students.
In addition to fostering inclusivity, Prof. Igwe advised students to invite more people to future events, celebrating diversity within the university. He assured continued support for students with special needs, encouraging them to see their disabilities as unique abilities and strive for success.Read More
The event featured captivating performances by the Catholic Youths Choir, St. Peter’s Chaplaincy, RCCG Upper Room Parish, St. Cecilia Choir, Madonna Chaplaincy Onuiyi Nsukka, and St. Cecilia’s Choir, ACC, UNN.
In addition to celebrating the talents of students with special needs, the occasion was also aimed at fostering unity amongst students with special needs and reminding them of their importance within the university community.
Reknowned spoken word artist, Akuma Elijah, who was a special guest of honor at the event delivered a powerful performance, with the central theme of inspiring members of the association to never lose hope in God.The Christmas Carol also included various activities such as fruit sales, awards presentations and lectures.
Dignitaries who were in attendance included: Dr. Confidence Onyeka Chukwuemezue; Dr. Mrs. Ezinne Njoku, sectional head of the special unit library, and Dr. Mrs. Osadebe,special needs staff adviser, UNN amongst others.