By Ahamefula Israel

Monday, 3rd June 2019, all road will lead to NAF Conference Center Abuja, for the inauguration of Professor Eleazer Uchenna Ikonne as Chairman, Optometry and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria.

In a release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, the appointment of Professor Ikonne as Chairman ODORBN, is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for the constitution of the governing Boards of Health Professionals Regulatory Boards/Councils, under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Health.

As a colossus in the Optometry Profession, Professor Ikonne has made incalculable contributions to his professional body. He is a Life Member of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria; Chairman of the Education Committee, 1993 to date; Chairman, Disciplinary Committee, 2007 to date; Vice-Chairman, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board of Nigeria, 2009 to date; Registrar, Nigerian Postgraduate College of Optometrists and so on.

He deservedly won the prestigious African Optometric Educator Award of the year 2003; the Distinguished Merit Award of the Nigerian Optometric Association, 2006; National Optometry Outstanding Accomplishment of Honour Award, 2018; Best performing Vice-Chancellor award 2018, etc.

He has several books and journals to his credit as his bibliographical sketches can be found in many international who is who entries.

His generosity and inclusive leadership are second to none. He is a leader who never leads from behind; he is often in the front line when a goal is to be achieved. He is the motivation his team needs to achieve uncommon successes, above all, he is a team player.

For Abia State University, His appointment as the seventh substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University by Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu Ph.D. marked a watershed in the history of the University.
He has invented, created and recreated innovations and ideas that are in conformity with modern trends, particularly the 21st-century approach to learning, teaching and research.

Under his headship, Abia State University has become a model university, for Nigerians and foreigners who see the knowledge. It is unarguably one of the choice destinations for both parents and students, in their quest for an institution for knowledge acquisition, the international standard, and character molding.

At this juncture, it therefore wise to state that Professor Ikonne is a perfect match of what Christ said about the requirement of humility in leadership, which is aptly captured in Matthew 23:11 thus "The greatest among you will be your servant". He is indeed a servant leader.

Ladies and Gentlemen, join me, as I congratulate this thought leader, a Philosopher in Academics, a distinguished technocrat, Professor Eleazer Uchenna Ikonne, on his appointment and inauguration as chairman of the above mention board.
May I, also with his consent, request your presence at this landmark ceremony.

Ahamefula Israel, a Bureaucrat, sent in this piece from Abuja, Nigeria. Email- anyameleisrael@gmail.com

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