According to the Media aide Mr Anichebe,the letter conveying the appointment to the deputy speaker had it that the lawmaker, is expected to mentor doctoral students, junior lecturers, as well as take a lead in advising the university’s research centre on academic issues related to e-governance and strategic government studies.
Moreso,the Institution is said to have described Ekweremadu as “a motivation to the Nigerian youth, both at home and in diaspora”, and that the appointment is predicated on his intellectualism and long experience in leadership in Nigeria and Africa.
“Southern University was founded in 1880 and has always been at the forefront of academic research, as well as mentoring of many from the black community in the USA,” read the letter made available by Uche Anichukwu, spokesman of Ekweremadu.
“Looking at your academic, administrative, and overall leadership in Nigeria and Africa, you fit perfectly in southern university’s goal to remain a leading research and teaching institution in the United States and beyond.
“We are excited to have you join our university and our research center. We believe the background you bring from your pool of experience will be most valuable to the university community as a whole.
“It is our fervent hope, sir, that you will accept this offer.
“Once again, congratulations, professor Ike Ekweremadu.”
Ekweremadu is a senior legal practitioner and former lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, he holds a PhD in law with executive strategic leadership training at the Harvard University and Oxford University.
The Mpu,Aninri Local Government Area,Enugu state-born legislator and the only Nigeria to have served as Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament is an author of many books with well over 25 public lecturers delivered across the globe, mainly on the subjects of good governance, constitution-making, and the principles of federalism.