Calm down, stop writing frivolous petitions, FG will appoint new VC – Unizik


By Our correspondent

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State, has said the Federal Government will appoint a new Vice Chancellor of the institution any time soon.

As a consequence, the university has asked everybody to calm down and stop writing frivolous petitions.

The university reiterated that the power to appoint substantive or Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution does not rest on the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof Charles Esimone.

Some unknown persons had sponsored a publication titled” How Professor Esimone wants to impose his stooge as Acting vice Chancellor.

Debunking the publication, Prof Esimone in a statement issued by Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, Special Adviser to the Vice Chancellor on Public Relations and Special Duties, said the VC had no power under the law of the University to impose anyone as Acting Vice Chancellor.

Ojukwu’s statement read in part,” The attention of the leadership of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has been drawn to yet another of the series of the calculated misinformation to deceive the reading public about the so-called attempt by the outgoing Vice Chancellor Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS to impose a ‘stooge’ as acting Vice Chancellor.

“In the article captioned ‘ HOW PROFESSOR ESIMONE WANTS TO DEFY PRESIDENT TINUBU, IMPOSE HIS STOOGE AS ACTING VICE CHANCELLOR’ a lot of false and sensational alarm was raised. It is therefore important to state the facts as clearly as possible.

“The five-year tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS will end on June 4, 2024. Prof Esimone has performed exceedingly well considering the challenges facing the universities today. Ordinarily the Governing Council of the University is expected to have initiated the process of replacing or appointing a new Vice Chancellor. Unfortunately, the Federal Government has not appointed members of the Governing Council to carry out this onerous task.

“As an outgoing Vice Chancellor Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS has no power under the law of the University to impose anyone as Acting Vice Chancellor. The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education is expected to give a directive on who Prof Esimone will handover to. Therefore, it is erroneous for anyone to think that Prof Esimone will impose someone in the leadership of the University as Acting Vice Chancellor in defiance of the Federal Government. It is probably a figment of imagination in the heads of these alarmists as no such thing exists. In the absence of a Governing Council, the University is waiting for the Federal Government to direct on what should be done based on the University enabling laws.

“In the appointment of Heads of Departments, it is the prerogative of the Vice Chancellor to appoint Heads for the various academic departments. What is considered mostly is ability to perform and then the integrity and credibility of the persons to be appointed. In the current appointment of Heads of Departments, it is a mixture of Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers etc. All appointments in the University are based on merit and capacity to perform. Those who are not appointed in the recent exercise should be patient since the tenure of HODs is only two years. Next appointment could favour them. Insinuating that these appointees would be used to cast a ‘kangaroo vote’ to elect the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof J.I. Ikechebelu as Acting Vice Chancellor is day dreaming. An Acting Vice Chancellor holds a brief stay until a substantive Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Governing Council. This attempt to heat up the University environment by desperate and faceless petitioners is an age long tradition in the university. These extremely ambitious persons are usually recycling their energies in every transition in the university to foment fruitless crisis for which they usually lose out woefully.

Continuing, Ojukwu said,”The faceless writers unashamedly alluded to the sponsorship of politicians to bankroll the expenses of the so-called election in the university. Money has never been a factor in the functioning of the University electoral processes. The University conducts its affairs based on the capacity of the persons to be elected and the ability to perform creditably. Therefore, accusing the University administration of involving politicians to bankroll any election process in the University is false and baseless.

“It is not the fault of the university leadership that a Governing Council has not been appointed. The process of appointing a new Vice Chancellor will commence as soon as a new Governing Council is put in place. But in the meantime, the right thing is for all who are interested in contesting for the position of Vice Chancellor of the university to exercise patience as the process is likely to commence soon. However, while waiting these eager contestants should be rest assured that there will be a level playing ground for all participants in the process.

“Finally, the university leadership appeals to all staff and students to keep calm and wait on the decision of the Federal Government on who should take over from the incumbent Vice Chancellor Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS.”

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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