BENIN â€” GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has advised the newly constituted Governing Council of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) to be sensitive to the principle of federal character while considering the appointment for a substantive Vice-Chan-cellor for the university.
The governor, who stated this in Benin City while receiving the council members led by its chairman and former deputy governor of Rivers State, Sir Gabriel Toby, stressed the need to abide by the policy so as to ensure that no part of the country continued to dominate certain offices.
Oshiomhole added that the challenge of the unity and stability of the country required fairness.
According to him, â€œevery part of the country, every part of the state and every part of a local government should feel that if it has what it takes, there is no position in which one should be excluded. It is important that this is translated into practice.â€
Commenting on the agitation by the Binis to produce the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, since it was yet to produce one in the last 37 years that the institution was erected on its soil, the governor urged the council to consider their demand.
Saying that it may be regarded as injustice if the people were not given the opportunity to produce the VC after all these years.
â€œIn UNIBEN, no one from Edo South has been Vice- Chancellor. There is a way in which it reinforces the perception that there is a conspiracy to ensure that the people of Edo South are excluded,â€ he said.
Commending the governor for helping to resolve the protracted ASUU strike, Sir Toby promised that the institution would partner on appropriate taxes with the state government, noting that â€œit is our responsibility that your administration succeeds.â€
Among members of the newly constituted council present were Prof. E. P Kubeyinje, the Acting Vice-Chancellor; Mrs. R. A. Egborge, Acting Registrar and Prof. B. I. C. Ijomah, a member.