By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—A youth group in Edo State, the Coalition of Edo Students Groups, CESG, has cautioned politicians in the state against making unsubstantiated claims regarding the appointment of incumbent Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Godwin Oshodin.
The group in a statement by its President-General, Mr Henry Oshokpehai, noted that it was “wrong and highly immoral” of any politician to claim that Prof. Oshodin’s appointment was a result of “their wheeling and dealing” in high places.
Oshokpehai noted that such claims “were capable of unsettling the peace that the University of Benin has begun to enjoy since the Oshodin became the Vice-Chancellor.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, and for the benefit of such politicians, who does not know, the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor is done through a hallowed process in line with the conventions and regulations of universities worldwide. We know that Prof. Oshodin emerged through such a due process.
It is thus immoral for anybody to come out to say that the process was suborned in favour of one person.”
During a media interaction in Benin City, the Edo State capital, recently, the group’s Public Relations Officer of UNIBEN, Mr Harris Osarenren, had also cautioned such politicians, especially those from Edo South senatorial zone against making claims that they were responsible for Prof. Oshodin’s appointment.
“The position of Vice-Chancellor of a university is a very unique one. There are laid-down rules that must be followed before a vice-chancellor emerges. Professor Oshodin went through the processes and he was found appointable by the council,” Osarenren said.