At the inauguration, Governor Ugwuanyi stated that the exercise was to ensure that the Governing Council was properly constituted as provided by the Law establishing the institution as well as to create room for the effective execution of the Council’s mandate.
The governor noted that his administration was currently implementing measures to reposition the institution and re-establish it as the one of the foremost centres for qualitative education and technological innovations in Nigeria.
While congratulating Mrs. Nwobodo on “the well deserved appointment” and “for accepting to serve the state in this capacity”, Gov. Ugwuanyi expressed confident that she will deploy her wealth of knowledge, experience and competence to help bring his administration’s vision for the institution to fruition.
In her response, Mrs. Nwobodo thanked the governor for granting her the opportunity to serve the state as the Chairman, Governing Council of IMT, pointing out that the institution “is well known for its brand in producing quality graduates that are helping to build the nation’s economy”.
She pledged to discharge her duties with other members of the Council creditably and with the fear of God to take the institution to a greater height.
“Your Excellency, you have carefully selected a team that by God’s grace will bring IMT to a greater height, which we all desire. You know that we cannot do this successfully without your support. Therefore, we are counting on your usual support to succeed and we are also counting on God’s help to succeed.
“Like you always say, Your Excellency, Enugu State is in the hands of God and since IMT is in Enugu State, I can confidently say that IMT is in the hands of God”, the new Chairman said.
Chief Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo was born in Umuahia, the capital of Nigeria's Abia State, to Professor J.O Uzo and his wife, both from Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Nwobodo started her primary education at the University Primary School, Nsukka, Enugu State, in 1971, completing her primary education in 1977 at the Zik Avenue Primary School (later renamed T.T.C Primary School). Her secondary education commenced at the Federal Government Girls College, Gboko, Benue State, in 1977, and concluded with a West African School Certificate obtained at the Queen of the Rosary College, Nsukka in 1983. At 18 years of age, Nwobodo gained admission to the University of Nigeria to study Banking and Finance at its Enugu campus. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1987. She is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT).
Chief Mrs. Nwobodo became the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Enugu State in 2007. An advocate of women's empowerment, Nwobodo used her office to champion the cause of women, both via education and economic ventures. In this role, she engaged with many socio-cultural and professional groups at conferences, meetings and workshops.
Outstanding Service Award For Outstanding Performance Towards Women Development – from Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN)
Most Distinguished Public Administrator of The Year 2010 – from Nigeria Union of Journalists, Enugu State Chapter
Merit Award For Outstanding Commitment And Meritorious Service To The Course Of Women In Nigeria – from National Council of Women Society of Nigeria
Merit Award For Excellent Service – from Association of Enugu State Development Unions, Lagos
2011 Merit Award As Epitome Of Gender Excellence In Administration – from National Association of Women Journalists Enugu State Chapter
Distinguished Service Award For Dedicated And Selfless Service, Generous Commitment Of Time Support, Inspiration And Love – from St. Andrews Church, Enugu
Merit Award For Dedication Of Service For Enugu People And The State Government – From Exclusive Ladies of Enugu State Association, Washington D.C
Award Of Excellence – From Youths Impact Summit (YILARD)
Merit Award For Excellence – from 82 Division of Nigerian Army
Award For Excellence For Your Outstanding Achievement – From The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Graceland Youth Fellowship
Award Of Excellence For Your Exceptional Service Delivery In Sustenance Of Good Governance And Human Empowerment To The People Of Enugu State – From Student Union Government, Enugu State University
Outstanding Service Awards – The Gateway To Good Governance 2013 – From Association of Heads of Federal Establishments, Enugu State