Saturday, December 12, 2015

VC Of Michael Okpara University Denials Allegation Against Him

 The Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike(MOUAU), Abia State, Professor Hillary Edeoga has described the allegations of impunity against him by the ASUU Owerri Zone as a blatant falsehood.  Denials
 He made this statement during his pre-convocation valedictory conference where he maintained that his tenure as Vice Chancellor in the University has witnessed a lot of infrastructural development, peaceful student relationship as well as massive academic improvements.

According to him, the university has witnessed an increase in the number of students in the last five years of his tenure due to the adequate facilities in the institution, which necessitated recruitment of more staff.

Professor Edeoga said that he cannot fold his arms and permit deterioration in academics by allowing a gap in student-staff ratio.

Administrative Recklessness

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Asuu, Owerri Zone, had decried the alleged administrative recklessness of the Vice Chancellor.

In a press briefing in Awka, Anambra State Capital, the executive members of the Owerri zone that comprises Abia, Anambra and Imo, led by the Zonal Coordinator, Professor Ike Odimegwu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a Special Visitation Panel into the university to investigate the acts of impunity and redress them.

Professor Hilary Edoga, among many allegations, was accused of academic fraud, financial embezzlement and administrative impunity.

The lecturers also decried what they called the outrageous school charges imposed on students compulsorily.

The students were said to have been compelled to pay 4,000 naira each for intra-campus shuttle bus service irrespective of whether they use it or not.

Aside the issues concerning students’ welfare, the Vice Chancellor was also accused of indiscriminate recruitment of lecturers and appointment of Professors.

There were complaints about admission of students into programmes not approved by the National University Commission as well as loss of programme accreditation.

They said that several moves to resolve the matter at both ASUU Council level and National level had proved unsuccessful.

ASUU Crisis
In all of the accusations, the representative of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Vincent Asor, maintained that the accusations heaped on his principal should not be reckoned with as the group alleging those was not the authentic ASUU in the zone.

The controversy surrounding their authenticity has remained despite their recommendation to President Buhari to sack the Vice Chancellor, Professor Hillary Edeoga over allegation of financial misappropriation amongst others.

A former member of ASUU in the institution, Professor Vincent Asoh has also said that ASUU is not existing in the university and that over 100 members have been disassociating themselves from the current crisis.

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