Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Political fire engulf Unizik over Appointment of Prof Ahaneku as VC, other contestants plan court action

Okechukwu Onuegbu
There is confusion presently at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in Anambra State, following the emergence of  Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku as the Vice-Chancellor, as allegedly announced by  the Air Vice Marshal Larry Koinyan (Rtd) led Governing Council of the  University.
Professor Greg Nwakoby  who was one of the contestant and alleged to be leading on the short listed candidates today accused the Chairman of the university Governing Council, Air Vice-Marshal Larry Koinya, rtd, and two other members, Senator Fidelis Okoro and Alhaji Buhari Bala of compromising themselves in the selection.

In a press briefing in Awka, Nwakobi  threatened to go to court, where he strongly believed that justice would be done should the Governing council fail to reverse the appointment in his favor.
Nwakobi  who cited the report of the interview committee chairman of the governing council claimed he was leading with  89.65 percent, but expressed surprise when Professor Joseph Ahaneku who scored 80.65 percent and his closest rival was now appointed as the new VC. .

Nwakobi  rejected the appointment of Ahaneku as the new VC, alleging complicity and fraudulent on the process, saying that having placed first after the interview, he ought to be appointed the new VC.
“After the Interview committee released it's report in the early hours of last Saturday, Koinya had after issuing me with the result, congratulated me”, the deputy Vice-Chancellor(DVC) administration further alleged, adding that he refused to pay a certain amount of money demanded before getting an appointment letter.

Nwakobi said, “I however refused to comply with the demand, …and that was probably why i was dropped.

Also in its  reaction, the acting chairman of the Anambra state chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Ambassador Chibuzo Ekwenye in company of his Public Relations Officer(PRO) have threatened to mobiles the youths to embark on a mass protest if the UNIZIK Governing council refused to reverse the appointment of the new VC in favor of Nwakobi.
They argued that youths were concerned because any crisis in the institution would affect the future of the youths, just as they warned that politics should not be introduced into the nations educational sector, particularly in Anambra state.



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