By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” The Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Benin, Prof. Mvendaga Jibo, has said the council would not be stampeded into a faulty process in the appointment of a new vice-chancellor for the university.
A statement signed by the universityâ€™s Head of Public Relations, Mr. Eddy Akpomera, quoted the pro-chancellor as saying the council would abide by the Rule of Law and be transpa-rent in appointing a new vice-chancellor for the university.
According to Akpomera, the council will not only be focussed in the task to appoint a new vice-chancel-lor, but will also â€œdo what is right for the upliftment and development of the univer-sityâ€.
He said the councilÂ appre-ciated the concern of genuine stakeholders, but assured that only a credible and qualified candidate will emerge.
as the new vice chancellor of the university.â€
He said the Governing Council of the university, led by Professor Mvendaga Jibo, has directed that the selection interview for candidates for the position of Vice-Chancellor should commence on September 7, 2009.
Akpomera said the Governing Council, which took the decision at its last meeting in Benin City , has approved that the new substantive Vice-Chancellor for the University of Benin will emerge before the end of next month.
He said Governing Council had not granted an extension in office to the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emmanuel Kubeyinje, who was appointed into office on April 6, 2009, and will complete his six months tenure in October, 2009.
According to him, â€œ the Governing Council, in strict compliance with the provisions of the Universities(Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act of 2003, has ensured that the selection process and appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor are completed within six months period stipulated by law, which states that â€œan Acting Vice-Chancellor in all circumstances shall not be in office for more than six months.
â€œThe five-member Joint Council and Senate Selection Committee is headed by the pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, with two representatives from Council and two elected representatives from Senate, who will interact with, and interview the candidates according to the laid down regulations.
â€œAt the end of the Selection Committeeâ€™s assignment, itâ€™s report will be submitted to the Governing Council for deliberations and appointment of a Vice-Chancellor for the institution all within next month.â€