Written by Godfrey AKON
FG directs ABU to appoint new VC
The Federal Government has directed the Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to proceed with all processes leading to the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for the institution.
Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the directive while responding to a request by the Chancellor of the University, the Obi of Onitsha, HRH Igwe Alfred Achebe, to intervene in the disagreement over the selection process.
According to a statement released by the Deputy Director Press and Information, Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong, on Sunday, Adamu said the selection process should proceed as scheduled in accordance with approved guidelines.
The minister spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono.
An earlier correspondence to the Ministry by the out-going Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, which was copied to the Chancellor, requested the Ministry’s directive on how to proceed with the matter which was later put on hold.
Reacting, Adamu said having established that the processes and procedures adopted in the on-going selection exercise were consistent with approved guidelines and the university Act, proceedings should be continued to a logical conclusion.
“It is therefore, the expectation of the Ministry that the Governing Council under the leadership of the Chairman, shall take all necessary steps to ensure a successful discharged of this mandate in a prompt, accountable and transparent manner without undue rancor," he stated.
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