The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) in
partnership with the Nigeria Postal Services
(NIPOST) has unveiled new postage stamps with
the image of former Premier of Eastern Region,
the late Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The stamps also bear the images of first UNN
Vice-Chancellor (VC), Dr George Johnson, and
the current VC, Prof Benjamin Ozumba. The
stamps, which were unveiled at Princess
Alexandra Auditorium, also have the logo of the
just-concluded West Africa University Games
(WAUG) hosted by the UNN.
Prof Ozumba said the stamps were
commemorative icons to mark the 55th
anniversary of the university.
He said that stamps would serve as instruments
to honour the institution’s founding fathers and
export the nation’s cultural identities to the
He said: “It is our belief that these
commemorative stamps would carry the visions
and missions of the UNN not only to other parts
of Nigeria, but to the world over.”
Ozumba hailed the university alumni association
and NIPOST for supporting the initiative, which
he said would be a testimony of the institution’s
successful hosting of the WAUG.
National president of the alumni association,
Chief Andrew Oru, said the initiative was a major
step towards projecting the high academic
standard of the university to the world.
According to him, the stamps are made to
honour the people whose vision and hard work
led to the establishment of the university.
Oru said the alumni association had a
responsibility to provide the needed support to
the institution to position it as the best in Africa.
The Acting Post Master General of the
Federation, Arch Enoch Ade-Ogun, praised the
university management and the alumni
association for recognising the value of postage
stamps as powerful medium of communication
that could stand the test of time.
He said: “NIPOST management is proud to
partner with the UNN in the period of its 55th
anniversary, which led to the launching of the
commemorative postage stamps. The university
made wise decision by choosing postage stamps
to immortalise its heroes, because stamps are
seen as mini encyclopedia and living reminders
of past events and people.”
Ade-Ogun said UNN was qualified to feature in
Nigeria’s postage stamps, because of its honour
to be the first indigenous university in the
country. According to him, the stamps would be
circulated throughout the 200 members of the
Universal Postal Union.
Source: The Nation.
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