Women association at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State, has recorded a milestone in its drive to make the university self-sufficient in food production. The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Women Association (NAUWA), led by the wife of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Gladys Ahaneku, has set up a bakery.
At the opening, Mrs Ahaneku described the project as a dream come true for the association, saying the bakery came at a time members of the university community craved for quality food on the campus.
She disclosed that the bakery had been certified and registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as well as other supervisory agencies to promote best practices. Mrs Ahaneku said NAUWA registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission to legitimise its activities.
According to her, the bakery will serve as an avenue to support students facing financial challenges.
“The bakery will boost the university economically and will serve as a learning ground for students at the Food Science Department,” she said.
Mrs Ahaneku hailed Dr Chito Ekwealor, who brought the idea, for her commitment towards the actualisation of the project.
The Vice- Chancellor (VC), Prof Joseph Ahaneku, praised NAUWA members for their foresight and resilience in ensuring the project came to fruition. He said the bakery would not only create job opportunities for students, it would also educate and train students in baking in order to boost their employability.
The Chairman of the University Business Venture, Prof Sam Okeke, said Mrs Ahaneku’s efforts led to the realisation of the project. He described her as an epitome of resilience and doggedness.
Credits: The Nation.