Filed in News by on January 4, 2011

Edeoga becomes Michael Okpara varsity VC
Tuesday, 04 January 2011 00:00 From Gordi Udeajah, Umuahia Appointments – Appointments

THE Governing Council of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUA), Umuahia in Abia State, has elevated Prof. Hilary Odo Edeoga, its two-term served deputy vice chancellor and serving dean of College of Natural and Applied Science, to the position of vice chancellor with effect from March 2011.

Edeoga, a professor of Botany (Plant Taxonomy and Cytogenetic), hails from Enugu State, where he also served as commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Before his appointment was made on December 20, 2010, a group called ‘The Coalition of Concerned Staff and Host Community Indigenes of MOUA,” addressed some journalists in Umuahia and accused the MOUA Governing Council, which has Prof. Mvendaga Jibo as chairman, of supporting Edeoga for the appointment.

The group, apparently routing for the appointment of an indigene, told journalists “nothing worse can happen to the university and the host community if Edeoga is to be appointed vice chancellor. Botany cannot be a core agriculture discipline.”

A statement, which was signed by one Nwaka Enyinnaya, called on the MOUA visitor to dissolve the Governing Council and appoint a new one to “embark on a new VC selection process.”

Speaking on Edeoga’s appointment, Chairman of MOUA Branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Uzor Onyebinama, told The Guardian that it followed due procedure, noting that “ASUU MOUA Community have no complaint but welcome Edeoga’s appointment. It is what the system was able to bring out at this point in time. University is not a political party. The word university means universality, the leader can come from any where in the world as long as the process of selection follows laid down procedure as in this case.”

Similarly, the immediate past ASUU Co-ordinator for Calabar zone and member of MOUA Council, Dr. Emma Osadeke reacted thus, “ MOUA Council, which I am a member followed all due process as provided by the law in appointing the new VC and at the end, the best candidate emerged. MOUA is a federal one and the law on VC appointment did not provide for an indigene but for the best candidate.”


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