Monday, 26 May 2014

Tension in UNIZIK over who Succeeds outgoing Unizik VC, Prof Egboka

Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka 
Okechukwu Onuegbu
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka branch has rejected intoto the process that produced the new Vice Chancellor of the institution, alleging that the committee charged with the responsibility to produce the next Vice Chancellor jettisoned laid down guidelines by the Federal Ministry of Education and called for reversal of the exercise.

www.okechukwuonuegbu.blogspot.com reliably gathered that one Prof. Greg Nwakobi allegedly emerged victorious on the so-called outcome of the election.
The ASUU, NAU Chairperson, Professor Ike Odimegwu stated this in Awka today while addressing journalists on the stalemate. He alleged that as soon as the Shortlist Committee started its work , the fair play promise started dying.
 He also alleged that the Council Chairman himself interrupted the proceedings of the Committee several times introducing extraneous issues and criteria, tel-guiding the Committee, ordering mark and score adjustment and generally rendering the Shortlist report grossly compromised.

In a related development, Prof. Emeka Ezeonu, the pioneer Professor and first of the firsts in the university has alleged that he is the only qualified person to succeed the outgoing Prof. Egboka.

Speaking in an interview with www.okechukwuonuegbu.blogspot.com, Prof. Emeka disclosed that his name was substituted by some persons said to be loyal to Prof. Egboka.
Meanwhile, one of the contestants to the VC position, Professor Emeka Ezeonu has described the entire process as a charade. Ezeonu, a Professor in Applied Biochemistry disclosed his displeasure at the weekend in Awka during a symposium and merit awards organized by the UNIZIK Alumni Association, Awka branch.

He said that the process that produced  the new VC was characterized by inconsistencies and subjected candidates to  heavy spending which he said would lead them to indebtedness. " If you come to the process itself, it is a mess from my own perception.

" You cannot keep on changing the goalpost in the middle of the match every day. It is very unfortunate that politicians have been allowed to come and run over the university. The process is not fair enough. I may challenge it," the Prof said.



Meanwhile, the National President of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Alumni Association Awka Branch Barrister Nwafili Okwuosa  weekend raised alarm on the misapplication of funds of the alumni by the Prof Boniface Egboka led management.

Okwuosa spoke in Awka during a symposium and merit awards organized by the UNIZIK Alumni Association, Awka branch. 
He announced to the members that things had gone wrong in the financial administration of alumni fees paid at the institution whose bank account he said was being run by the university other than the owners of the money, the alumni association.
He vowed that his administration would stop at nothing to correct the anomaly.

Addressing the participants, Awka branch chairman of the association,  Barrister Bona Oraekwe said the association intended to be organizing orientation and sensitization programmes yearly for newly admitted students of the university, during admission periods.
He said that the major project of the association for the year would be to procure and equip its office with modern office facilities which he said would cost the association hundreds of thousands of naira and called for financial support of the members.

The Deputy Governor of Amambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke who was the special guest of honour at the event said the State was out to build human infrastructure through  education and would partner with any association towards achieving that.

He said that the State now enjoyed relative peace which he noted was as a result of Governor Obiano giving himself a task to achieve that  through the recent innovative constitution of a joint task force comprising the army, police, navy, SSS and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, and inauguration of Operation Kpochapu whose efforts, he said, had brought normalcy in Onitsha metripolis. He said that  government would continue  to fight criminals in the State until they were pushed out of Anambra.

Awardees on the occasion included, Prof Emeka Ezeonu, Comrade Ubaoji Kingsley, Hon Justice J.C. Iguh, Barrister Ifeanyichikwu Obiakor, Hon Dr Mrs Ego Uzoezie.

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