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The need for concerted efforts by all towards rewriting the negative Nigerian narrative and championing the cause of preserving human dignity formed the

crux of deliberations at the 4th Annual International Conference of the Faculty of Arts, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.
The event, which has as its theme, "Arts, Humanities and sustenance of human dignity in the 21st century, presented an opportunity to brainstorm on measures to address the numerous socio-economic challenges of the society through paper presentations by members of the academia and the private sector.
Declaring the conference open, the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Greg Nwakoby said through such academic activities, the institution is widening the scope of research and learning as well as proffering solutions to societal issues.
In his remarks, the Chairman on the occasion and Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer of the ABS, Nze Uche Nworah described the event as apt as it offers the opportunity for key actors to reflect, review and interrogate life as it obtains in Nigeria with a view to placing the right value on human lives. 
He commended Governor Willie Obiano for providing quality leadership that recognizes and respects the sanctity of human dignity, and his innovative solutions to social problems that, in some other climes, may have resulted in the loss of human lives.
The Keynote Speaker at the conference, Mr. Philip Orjiakor, while drawing the connection between Human Rights and human dignity, called on the citizenry to propagate the need for leadership and political reorientation as against their present docile stance.
In another paper presentation, Professor Alex Asigbo of Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, called on members of the Faculty to utilize their profession to conscientize the public to understand their rights and responsibilities and therefore, midwife the right change in the society.
Earlier in her welcome remarks, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Ngozi Chuma –Udeh, said by attracting high profile speakers to the event, the Faculty aims to sustain the gown and town relationship towards promoting academic excellence in the University and engendering discourse that will yield answers to societal problems.
In their separate remarks, the Dean, School of Post Graduate Studies of the University, Professor Sunday Obikeze and the Traditional Ruler of Oraukwu, Igwe Emeka Onuorah said illiteracy and poverty are at the root of the total neglect of human dignity in Nigeria and advocated improved access to education as a way of empowering the citizenry to be responsible and alert to their roles in preserving human dignity.
Presentation of awards to some deserving personalities formed the highlight of the event.

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