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Unizik VC will be appointed in accordance with law, no imposition – Ojukwu


By Tony Okafor, Awka

University appoints Acting Registrar

Dr Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Special Duties to the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Charles Esimone, has said the Federal Ministry of Education will appoint an acting Vice Chancellor of the university in accordance with the necessary university laws.

Ojukwu who was reacting to a media report alleging that there were plans to impose somebody on the university
early in June as its new Vice Chancellor of the institution, described the allegation as unfounded and false.

He said the outgoing VC of the University, Prof Charles Esimone, had no power to install an acting Vice Chancellor as being alleged.

He said, “The Vice Chancellor does not have the power to install an acting Vice Chancellor. This is the duty of the Governing Council of the university. But in this case the Governing Council is yet to be reconstituted.

“The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education will appoint an acting Vice Chancellor in accordance with the necessary university laws.

Continuing, Ojukwu said, “The Vice Chancellor, Prof Charles Okechukwu Esimone, FAS is more interested in his continuing efforts to find solutions to various challenges facing the university.

“As he prepares to vacate office in early June, it is his wish to leave office with a united university. He pledges to cooperate with whoever emerges as Acting Vice Chancellor in the interest of peace and unity of the university.

An online outfit, NewsOrient, had reported that there was tension in the University following alleged plans by the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, to impose someone as his replacement.

Meanwhile,the management of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has appointed Mr. Samuel Nnaemeka Ufoh as the Acting Registrar of the University.

The development was made public through a letter signed by the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, FAS, dated 5th April 2024 with the caption: “APPOINTMENT AS ACTING REGISTRAR OF NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY AWKA.”

The Letter read: “In the absence of the Governing Council of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and in the exercise of my powers as the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, I hereby appoint you Acting Registrar of the University with effect from Monday, 8th April 2024, as the tenure of the current Registrar expires on 7th April 2024.

“You will remain in that position until a substantive Registrar is appointed except as may be dictated by any emergent exigencies. I congratulate you on your appointment and hope that your performance in office will justify the confidence inherent in this appointment. Congratulations.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sam Ufoh was a Deputy Registrar 1 in charge of Personnel Unit of the Registry. Ufoh is a pastor of the Foursquare Gospel Church, he hails from Nri in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State.

The immediate past Registrar, Barr. Philomena Okoye on Monday, 8th April 2024 handed over to Mr. Ufoh in a colourful ceremony held at the office of the Registrar of the institution.

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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