The Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka on Wednesday, 21st December 2021, held a maiden Departmental end of the year Get-Together and special send forth event for two of its retired staff members. The colourful event held at the PTDF Conference Hall of the Faculty witnessed the gathering of teaching and non-teaching staff of the Department who were on hand to eulogize and felicitate with Engr. Jeffrey Chris Ejindu Nwabueze and Chief Engr. Sunday Chinwuba Ekwuozor for their selfless and meritorious service to the Department, Faculty and institution.

In her address, the Head, Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Engr. Dr. (Mrs) Chika Mgbemena stated that members of staff of the Department have worked hard and diligently throughout the year in ensuring that they achieve enormous feats such as attraction of funds for acquisition of modern adjustable seats in one of the Department’s classrooms, upgrading of classrooms with modern facilities such as stand-by Projectors and Air-Conditioners aimed at providing a conducive and learning environment for both staff and students.

Dr. Mgbemena posited that the Department revised the curriculum for the undergraduate programme already in use by the students as well as recorded immense success in the NUC accreditation in view of the COREN accreditation exercise. The scholar also opined that a departmental journal termed the ‘International Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering’ which is presently online and indexed in Google Scholar has been launched successfully. She revealed that as a way to enhance efficiency and encourage hardwork, it is giving out two brand new laptop computer sets to Exam and ICT units of the Department as well as productivity bonus to all staff members to celebrate the Department’s achievement in the year.

In his reaction, the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Engr. Prof. Joseph Nwabanne described the Department as the Department of the moment which is keying into the vision of ‘Project 200’ of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, FAS. The Dean ably represented by the Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Prof. Victor Ugonabo commended the HOD for her selfless service while praying for the department to ascend to greater heights. He also thanked the retirees for their meritorious service during the formative stages of the Department and by extension the Faculty.

One of the retirees, Engr. Jeffrey Nwabueze emphasized that the Department has come a long way as her achievement and developmental strides speak for itself, Nwabueze described Dr. Mgbemena as a goal getter whose innovation has aided the transformation of the Department. He urged the HOD and her entire team to sustain the tempo and ensure that they remain tops among others in the Faculty.

Highpoints of the occasion was presentation of gift items to Engr. Nwabueze and Engr. Ekwuozor performed by Prof. C.C. Ihueze and Engr. Dr. Stone Odera respectively with the former Dean of the Faculty, Engr. Prof. Harold Godwin presenting the laptop sets to the Exam Officer, Engr. Chukwumuanya and ICT Officer, Engr. Dr. (Mrs) Ifeyinwa Ogbodo while Engr. Dr. Charles Okpala did the vote of thanks. Also present at the occasion was the spouse of the HOD, Engr. Dr. Chinedu Mgbemena.