A lot of reactions have so far trailed the indefinite suspension of the substantive Vice Chancellor of Imo State University Prof. Awuzie by Gov. Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the appointment of Prof. Mrs Obasi (Mr. Governor’s cousin) to replace him.
Those who are privy to the emergence of Prof. Awuzie as IMSU VC could still recall how Mr. Governor single-handedly pulled Prof. Awuzie from FUTO and made him the substantive VC of IMSU even when he was not qualified for that position just as such was also against NUC guidelines.
One other source of eye sore as regards the then appointment of Prof. Awuzie as IMSU VC is the denial of an erudite Professor of both National and International clouth from the department of Philosophy, Prof. I M Onyeocha; that position. Every serious-minded fellow who has been in contact with Prof. Onyeocha was simply overjoyed when he indicated interest because the Reverend gentleman was not only over-qualified but would have brought back the prestige of Imo State University.
If Mr. Governor was interested in the good of IMSU and ndi Imo then, he would have made Prof. I M Onyeocha the substantive VC of IMSU. His appointment would have remedied a lot of failures bedeviling the Institution today especially the lack of accreditation in many courses for he commands the respect of the academics in the Country.
Be that as it may, our major concern here is the replacement of Prof. Awuzie by Mr. Governor’s cousin. Does it mean that there is no other qualified Professor of repute to man the affairs of IMSU? Granted the woman in question may be qualified, must it be family and relatives all the times? We have always been of the view that Mr. Governor is not a conscientious leader otherwise; he should have change the philosophy of ‘governance being a family business’ given the wide and true criticisms against him in this regard.
This idea of choosing mostly family members and relatives in preference to every other Imolite is an insult on the entire State just as it bespeaks ill of Mr. Governor. A man who has future political ambitions should be mindful of his actions because the whole of Nigeria is not Imo State where fake security agents and every amount of impudence can be used to install one’s self in office.
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