‘Enugu Regional Association has called on the Enugu state governor to investigate the appointment of the new Vice chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology Prof. Luke Anike to avoid eminent crisis’
Amah Baldwin, Enugu
The Enugu Regional Association (ERA) has urged Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to immediately commence investigation to remedy the anomaly that has characterized the controversial appointment of Prof. Luke Anike as the new Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).
ERA contended that the appointment of the new Vice chancellor was full of irregularities. According to the Association, it behoves on the university visitor to cancel the appointment which the body condemned and described as “irregularity and injustice.” The group urged Governor Ugwuanyi to quickly revert the appointment to Prof. Ben-Chris Onah that was initially announced as the new Vice Chancellor of ESUT before it was awarded to Anike under a questionable circumstance.
ERA is an association comprising all senior staff from old Enugu region that served and are currently serving in University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN). Speaking with newsmen after ERA emergency meeting in Nsukka, President of the Association, Prof Aloysius Okolie, urged Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to set up a high-powered commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
Okolie said the commission would look into the circumstances that led to the retraction of appointment of Prof Onah as ESUT new VC after being ratified by immediate past governor of the state, Mr Sullivan Chime, who was the Visitor to the university. “After an interview considered to be transparent and followed rigorously the rule of law and due process, the name of Prof Ben-Chris Onah was submitted to the visitor and ratified.
It was announced in the media for four to five days as having been duly appointed as vice-chancellor of Enugu State University of Science and Technology. “Surprisingly, as he was invited to come and collect the letter of appointment, he got there and discovered that there had been a major twist and the twist was that the appointment paper had been given to another contender, Prof Luke Anike,” Okolie said.
The don said that ERA had no interest on who became the ESUT vice-chancellor but that as stakeholders in advancing qualitative education and good governance in the state, it condemns injustice no matter whose ox is gored. “We remain critical stakeholders in advancing qualitative education and good governance in the state.
ERA wants the new governor to set up a commission of inquiry on the circumstances that led to the retraction of appointment of Prof Ben- Chris Onah as ESUT new VC after being ratified by immediate past governor of the state, Mr Sullivan Chime. The President of ERA said that setting up of inquiry had become necessary to enable the public know why after endorsement and announcement of a particular candidate as the Vice Chancellor, another candidate was given a letter of appointment.