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VC race: Panic at UNIZIK as Tinubu appoints Governing Councils, Greg Mbadiwe emerges Pro-Chancellor


By Our correspondent

President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointments of at least 555 persons to serve as Pro-chancellors/Chairmen and members of Governing Boards of 111 federal universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

This followed Tinubu’s assent to a list of nominees selected by the Ministry of Education.

An advertorial by the Education Ministry sighted by THE RAZOR News Online showed the appointment of a chairperson and four members for each of the institutions.

The advertorial was signed by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack.

For Nnamdi Azikiwe University ,Awka Anambra State ,Ambassador Greg Mbadiwe was named the Pro-Chancellor/Chairman of the institution.

Other members of the Unizik council are: Adaobi Chidiebere Obiora,Hon Barr Ibrahim Zellan,Lukeman Abimbola Bello and Prof Stephen Unachukwu Chuka

“The inauguration and retreat for the Governing Councils will take place on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31, 2024, at the National Universities Commission, 26 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja. Both events will commence at 9:00am daily,” said Walson-Jack.

When contacted for confirmation, the Presidency said the list emanated from the Ministry of Education.

“This is from the Federal Ministry of Education…they make the nominations and forward them to the President to sign. But they are at liberty to release it from their end,” the President’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, told our correspondent on Saturday.

The appointments come days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities had threatened to embark on another strike, potentially disrupting the academic calendar and causing further setbacks in the country’s higher education sector.

The union, on Tuesday, decried the failure of the Federal Government to appoint Governing Councils for federal universities.

The union also faulted what it described as the nonchalant attitude of the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government to matters about academics in federal universities.

Our correspondent reports that fear and uncertainty now pervade the Unizik environment following the surprised announcement of the governing council.

Before the appointments, contenders for the office of the Vice Chancellor of the university had been fighting dirty over the position that will be vacant by 4th June,2024 following the expiration of the five-year tenure of the incumbent VC, Prof Charles Esimone.

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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