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Appointing Benin varsity VC’ll follow due process — Prof Jibo

By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN — 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 university’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 “do what is right for the upliftment and development of the univer-sity”.

He said the council  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.”

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, “ 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 “an Acting Vice-Chancellor in all circumstances shall not be in office for more than six months.

“The 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.

“At the end of the Selection Committee’s assignment, it’s report will be submitted to the Governing Council for deliberations and appointment of a Vice-Chancellor for the institution all within next month.”


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