The University has held her 38th inaugural lecture with Prof. Anthony Ikechukwu Ogbalu as the lecturer.
Prof. Ogbalu is of the department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education.
The topic of the lecture was Health Education: The Master Key to Healthy Living.
Prof. Ogbalu described healthy living as the practice of health enhancing behaviour of which lifestyle plays significant role. He noted that lifestyle is regarded as the single most important factor that determines individual’s level of health. According to him, “Lifestyle boils down to everything we do, the food we eat; what we drink; the drugs we take; our sleep and rest patterns; how we feel about ourselves; relationship with people and how we try to safeguard our health”.
The professor of Health Education
harped on the need for people to be health educated in a bid to be healthy, citing the Ebola case where people were sensitized on ways to avoid the deadly disease, thus saving a great number of Nigerians from the epidemic.
Prof. Ogbalu recommended the need for more health educators to be trained. He further advised the Federal and state governments to design policies for the promotion of healthy life styles as seen with Canadian Government in 2005.
Earlier in his address, the vice chancellor, Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, FAS
posited that health education is pivotal in constructed opportunities for learning involving some form of communication designed to improve health literacy, improving knowledge and developing life skills which are conducive to individual and community health.
The Vice Chancellor noted that the lecturer in the course of the lecture spoke from his area of expertise and competence adding that he provoked new ideas and opened the eyes of the audience to various areas.
Prof. Ahaneku expressed gratitude to God for the gift of knowledge which is further shared in the course of inaugural lectures. He commended the inaugural lecture committee for living up to expectations even in the slight adjustment made before the commencement of the important academic discuss.
In his vote of thanks, a member of the inaugural lecture committee, Prof. Michael Ezenwa expressed gratitude to God for a clement weather, while appreciating the vice chancellor for his commitment and support for the all important academic discuss. He further appreciated the UNIZIK chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) led by Dr. Dennis Aribodor for the spirit of cooperation existing in the university which played a significant role in the success of the lecture. He further commended the chairman of the lecture committee, Prof. Amechi Oyeka for her resilience and dedication to the success of the lectures.
High point of the occasion was the decoration of the inaugural lecturer by the vice chancellor.