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Unease as minister directs governing board to appoint ABU VC

From Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

Education Minister Adamu Adamu has directed the Governing Council of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, and the selection board to appoint a new Vice Chancellor for the institution.

There had been reports of unease in the university ahead of the appointment of a new VC.

Interviews for the job are expected to begin today, but there were reports that the Selection Board had refused to release the guidelines for the exercise.

The university, it was learnt, has a template for the selection and appointment of a vice chancellor, which was used in 2010 and 2015.

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It was also learnt that a new template was developed for the 2020 exercise to allegedly favour a candidate believed to be backed by some members of the selection board.

But in a statement on Sunday in Abuja by the Deputy Director (Information), Bem Goong, the minister said the selection should proceed as scheduled in accordance with approved guidelines.

It reads: “In an earlier correspondence to the ministry, which was copied to the Chancellor of the university, the Obi of Onitsha, HRH Igwe Alfred Achebe, the out-going Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, requested the ministry’s directive on how to proceed with the matter, which he subsequently put on hold.

“In a swift reaction, the minister said, having established that the processes and procedures adopted in the current selection exercise are consistent with the approved guidelines and the University Act, proceedings should be continued to a logical conclusion.

“It is, therefore, the expectation of the ministry that the Governing Council under the leadership of the Chairman, shall take all necessary steps to ensure a successful discharged of this mandate in a prompt, accountable and transparent manner without undue rancour.”

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