Prof Fidelis Okafor, the Vice-Chancellor of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) Igbariam, Anambra State, has been named the Commonwealth Vice-Chancellor of the Year.

The Commonwealth Students' Parliament (CSP) presented the excellence award to Okafor at the COOU Auditorium.

CSP Speaker, Peter Mugisa, who presented the award, said the Vice-Chancellor was being honoured for his strides in infrastructure development and providing a congenial learning atmosphere for students.

"A man that has and is still contributing his quota to nation building, humanity and the promotion of qualitative education which remain the best legacy that can be bequeathed on the children of the common man in any society," he said.

"As we develop within our democratic dispensation in Africa, it is important that the youths, who constitute the most cohesive and articulate component in the African society should be fully involved in our task of societal development and consolidation of the achievements that is being recorded in our educational sector."

The Speaker expressed hope that the award will encourage the Vice Chancellor's positive change in the university.