By Chinenyeh Ozor
NSUKKA—The people of Enugu North Senatorial Zone have risen and intensified efforts towards the realisation of the appointment of an indigenous vice chancellor for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Rising from a town hall meeting of the zone, Nsukka Town Union resolved to be more united in the struggle for an indigenous vice chancellor of the University which was cited on the soft green hills of Nsukka in 1960 and ever since then, the vice-chancellorship position continued to elude the people inspite of all the efforts made in the recent past for the zone to produce an indigenous vice chancellor.
Addressing the people, a prominent community leader and Special Assistant to the Enugu State Governor on Market Matters, Chief Aniebonam Ezugwu (Ike Echara) harped on the need for Nsukka to produce the next Vice-Chancellor of the University as the incumbent vice-chancellor Prof Benjamin Ozumba winds up his tenure June this year.
“Nsukka can’t continue with minor appointments such as security staff and gardener jobs with towering degrees while other citizens from different parts of the country occupy vantage positions in the university which remains the only feasible industry in the zone since 1960.
“We have to go all out to achieve the dreams of having an Nsukka professor as the next vice chancellor of UNN for the first time,” he said.
Ezugwu called on stakeholders in the six local government areas of the zone to join hands in the crusade for the realisation of the appointment of an indigenous vice-chancellor of the university, adding that it was high time the zone stopped sitting on the fence.
The governor’s aide urged prominent indigenes of Nsukka extraction to rise up and draw attention of the powers that be at the presidency and National Assembly to the plight of Nsukka people with respect to the vice-chancellorship position at UNN.
Chief Ezugwu offered to undertake the logistics to ensure that Nsukka voice is heard on the process of election of the vice chancellor position of the University for the first time, explaining that Nsukka zone have over 50 professors that are qualified for the number one position of the University.
He said that there is need for synergy and cooperation by Igbo Nsukka to see that the position does not elude the people of Nsukka at large.
Chief Ezugwu used the opportunity to call on the people of the zone to come out in large numbers to cast their votes during Saturday governorship and House of Assembly elections.
He noted that the benefits and reasons why the Town Union should do its best to see that the number of votes from Nsukka surpasses those from other zones in the state. He made a cash donation of N100,000 for adequate mobilization for the gubernatorial and house assembly elections in the state.