BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
A GROUP, Committee for Development of Akoko-Edo (CDA) has querried the removal of the former Vice-Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University ( AAU), Ekpoma Prof. Sam Uniamikigbo by the Visitor to the University, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, insisting that the removal did not follow due process.
The group, in a statement in Benin yesterday and signed by Mr. Leo Fadaka, said that the former Vice-Chancellor was never querried nor the Governing Council of the University consulted as required by the law setting up the insitution as contained in the First Schedule 3(3)of AAU 1999 (as ammended).
However, in a swift reaction, Special Adviser to Governor Adams Oshiomhole on Media Affairs, Mr. Tony Iyare said that the removal of the former Vice-Chancellor was in consonace with the law establishing the University.
“It is very, very clear that the governor followed the due process and the Extant Law establishing the University in the removal of the Vice-Chancellor. He never deviated from the law”, he said.
The group described the allegation of inepititude on the part of Prof. Uniamikogbo as not only spurious but unfounded as the statistics of students required are available at the University’s website which was accessible to everybody, everywhere on the globe.
Besides, they noted that the allegation that the former Vice-Chancellor installed the President of the Students’ Union Government was malicious, wicked, vexatious and misleading.
“Misinforming the good people of Edo State that the Vice-Chancellor single-handedly increase the school fees payable by studentys of AAU unilaterally, whereas the recommendation was the brainchild of a body of Stakeholders comprising traditionbal rulers, political bigwigs, opinion leaders from the three Senatorial Districts of Edo State”.
“If the governor was not privy to the increase as cliaimed by him, hia unilateral reduction of school fees payable by students of the Part-time degree programmes is self-contradictory to his claim that he had no hand in the increase of school fees payable by regular students”, they said.
They also accused the Visitor of payaing an unscheduled visist to the University without the knowledge of the managgement nor Governing Council at a time when the agitation for increase of school fees was high, saying the unscheduled visit was capable of creating disaffection among students and staff of the University.