Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
The sacked Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie, has said he still remained the helmsman of the university.
Awuzie was unceremoniously relieved of his duty early this month by Governor Rochas Okorocha who immediately replaced him with the former commissioner for education in the state, Prof. Adaobi Obasi, who is on acting capacity.
But, speaking with journalists yesterday at the Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri, Awuzie insisted that he still remained the IMSU VC because was not sacked.
According to him, “The letter I have says suspension. So I am happy because am still the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University. Adobi Obasi is on acting capacity and very soon she will leave”. Asked how he was happy with the way he was suspended without recourse to the university’s senate, Awuzie, who is a former national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, refused to take further questions.
It was learnt that the former VC’s sack might not be unconnected to his open support for former Abia state governor, Ogbonaya Onu’s clamour to be the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. (SGF), ahead of the governor’s main candidate and inlaw, Prof. Anthony Anwuka.