By Okechukwu Onuegbu The Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, has appealed to staff of the institution to refrain from examination malpractice, employment or admission racketeering as they were unethical practices. Esimone, who stated this while receiving award from the Association of Yoruba Staff of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, stated that staff engaging on unethical practices tarnish their images and those of the university. The event organised to honour some eminent Nigerians from different ethnic nationalities for their meritorious services to father land and the University Community at the instance of one of them and member Governing Council of NAU, Surveyor Jacob Abiodun Aluko, who has served out his tenure as member of the Governing Council. Among the award recipients are the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Professor Charles Esimone, the Chairman, Governing Council of the University, Alhaji Bello Isa Modibo, and member of the Council, Dr Aminu Dukku. “Surveyor Aluko is a great son of Yoruba land, a great son of Nigeria and a great son of Africa. He has made his marks in the university here as a dependable ally. We will definitely miss his service. But, he must move on. The Vice Chancellor appreciated the initiative of the Yoruba staff to form a formidable union and charged them to closely monitor the activities of members to ensure that they are not involved in unethical activities that can tarnish the image of the association. “Don’t allow any of your members who may not align with the general ideal of the association to give you a bad name. Noone should be involved in exam malpractice, admission or employment racketeering. But, think of one thing you want to do for the university that will be named after your association. We can source for fund. I will give approval for such move. With such project, your association will be remembered forever. I promise to support you in any way I can”. Esimone assured. Responding on behalf of the Chairman, Governing Council, Dr Dukku appreciated the Association of Yoruba staff for keeping alive the spirit of oneness and unity, at a time national unity is under threat. In a remark, the man of the moment, Surveyor Aluko, expressed profound gratitude to the Association of Yoruba Staff of UNZIK for honouring him in such an unusual manner, even as he noted with joy that the number of Yoruba staff has increased within the four years of his tenure. Surveyor Aluko encouraged them to be of good behavior, even as he pledged to always assist them anytime he is called upon. Earlier in an address of welcome, a member of the association, Professor Helen Adebola, noted that the resolution to honour Surveyor Aluko with a send-forth programme, was in appreciation of his undying support and encouragement to the association, during his tenure as board member between 2017 and 2021.