Prof Udechukwu Udeke has been appointed the new Head of Department of History and International Relations at the Imo State University, Owerri.
Udeke, who is a professor of economic history and a native of Obibi in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State, replaced Prof JohnCliff Nwadike.
Prof Nwadike handed over to him on Monday after a brief ceremony, which was covered by AmbrosyMediaInfo.
The handing over event was followed immediately by a prayer session led by Pastor Dr Azuka Onyeneho of Wordfire Assembly International, Lagos.
The prayers according Prof Udeke were offered in order to thank God and also to bless the new office.
In an interview with our correspondent, when asked about his reaction to the appointment, the new HOD said: “Every lecturer that enters into a university to lecture, from the moment he gets the appointment letter, after the probation period, he expects that someday he will become the head of his department.
“But it is not always easy, some have stayed so many years and have not even had the opportunity.
“So, as a matter of fact, the new Vice Chancellor, I mean Professor Peter Akah, coming from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. When he came, he said that it is not proper that in a department, some will serve for so many years while some have not even served for once.
” So, he insisted that, whosoever is a senior lecturer up to a professor that have not served as a head of department should be given the opportunity, so that is how I saw myself here.
“You know, there is this saying that ‘the cow that has no tail, God chases away fly from it’.
“It is God that chases away fly from a tailless cow, so to him be all the Glory”.
AmbrosyMediaInfo also gathered that before his current appointment as the Head of his department, Prof Udeke had been a senior lecturer for many years, putting in quality service to the institution.