Tuesday, 26 January 2016

OWERRI—The Federal University of Technology,
Owerri, FUTO, has been polarized as the institution
shops for a new Vice Chancellor, VC, that will take
over from the incumbent, Professor Chigozie C.
Asiabaka, in the next five months.
Strong feelers from the FUTO community revealed
that there were serious plans to significantly alter
the content of the advertisement already published
by the institution.
Confirming the fear during a check yesterday, a
senior FUTO staff alleged that “while the Pro-
Chancellor and Chairman of the institution’s
Governing Council appears favourably disposed to a
particular contestant, others believe that the VC has
his own candidate.”
The same senior staff not only told Vanguard that
“an extra-ordinary meeting of the Senate is
scheduled to hold today (Tuesday), in the  Senate
Council Chamber”, but also alleged that the
Governing Council would also meet  January 28,
2016, to also deliberate on the same issue.
The staff equally showed Vanguard the copy of a
memorandum, REG/SEN/COM.3/XIV, dated January
21, 2016, and signed by the Registrar and Secretary
to the Senate, Mr. Orje Ishegh-Nor.
According to the memorandum, the “appointment of
Senate Representative in the Search Team for the
appointment of the seventh substantive Vice
Chancellor”, is top on the agenda.
As at the last count, about seven professors from
Owerri senatorial zone have applied for the post,
while a few others from Orlu senatorial zone and
Anambra State, have equally sent in their
applications.
Meanwhile, Professor Asiabaka has stoutly denied
the allegation that he is grooming one of the
contestants to take his place.
Asiabaka, who made the denial when he fielded
questions from journalists in Owerri, also said that
he never contemplated doing such a thing.
“I am not grooming anybody. Such a thing is not in
my agenda. God gives power to whoever he likes.
He also takes it when he like. Those who want the
office should apply and wait for the outcome of their
application”, Asiabaka said.

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