Crisis Erupts In Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University TrendyVoice

11 August 2016

Crisis Erupts In Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University




Onitsha—Fresh crisis has erupted in the
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University,
Igbariam, over alleged tenure elongation for the
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fidelis Okafor by the
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,
branch of the institution disclosed this yesterday
to newsmen at a press conference held after its
meeting.
The Union led by Mr. Emeka Nwabunnia who was
flanked by his secretary, Dr. Mbanefo Odum and
other executive members appealed to governor
Obiano to follow due process in the appointment
of a Vice-Chancellor as stipulated by the law
establishing the university.
The union alleged that there was plan by the
governor to elongate Okafor's tenure for another
six months on acting capacity when he is
expected to bow out as Vice-Chancellor on
September 4, 2016.
Accordingly, the Union gave three weeks
ultimatum to the Governor to appoint an Acting
Vice-Chancellor before the expiration of the
tenure of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor to avoid
crisis in the institution.


"Your Excellency, further to the foregoing
requests, the Union respectfully reiterates the
need to have a properly constituted and
functional Governing Council prior to the exit of
the incumbent Vice-Chancellor and the
assumption of duty by the incoming Ag. Vice-
Chancellor. We earnestly request that you use
your good offices to remove all obstacles
preventing the proper constitution of the
Governing Council and Senate before the 4th day
of September, 2016, when the tenure of the
incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Professor Fidelis
Uzochukwu Okafor will expire.
The Union stated that the tenure of the Vice-
Chancellor would end on September 4, 2016,
having served a single tenure of five years.


But in a separate press conference in the
institution, some members of the Union under
the aegis of concerned members of ASUU led by
Dr. Pascal Oguno condemned the action of the
ASUU Chairman and his Secretary on grounds
that the Union had no power to announce
vacancy for the position of the Vice-Chancellor.
According to him, since there was no properly
constituted governing council, it was the
prerogative of the visitor (Governor) to announce
vacancy of the position of the Vice-Chancellor.
He said that action of the Chairman and
Secretary was tantamount to cause crisis in the
institution.


"ASUU has acted ultra vires by announcing
vacancy for the Vice-Chancellor position and it is
embarrassing and an unethical behavior to write
a letter to the governor and circulate same to
persons who are not members of the university."




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