NAU VC has attributed power intrigues by bad losers in the Ivory Tower of trying to undermine his administration
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Professor Joseph Ahaneku has accused those who contested the position of vice-chancellorship of the institution with him about a year ago of trying to pull him down. He said “bad losers and those facing disciplinary actions were behind students’ protest that erupted in the university on Tuesday.”
The Vice-Chancellor spoke through the Director of Communications of the University, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu. The president of the Student Union Government of the university, Noble Eyisi, had on Tuesday called out some students of the university to protest the hike in post-Unified Matriculation Examination Test from N1, 000 to N2, 000. The students also condemned the payment of N7, 500 by the candidates for biometric data. In a letter to the Vice-Chancellor before the Tuesday protest, the students accused the management of the university of being corrupt. But Ojukwu in the Wednesday press briefing said that apart from being sponsored, the SUG president is facing impeachment process and he had wanted the school authority to help him, but the school refused because it would not want to take side.
He said that Eyisi had no powers to protest for levies on candidates who had not been admitted by the university. “The issues he raised clearly showed that he was sponsored to destabilize the university”, the university stated. Ojukwu said that about four lecturers had been suspended by the university authorities for extorting money from students and more were facing disciplinary panels, noting. These people are fighting back”. Adding his voice, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Students Union Government, Martin Nworah, and about seven other members of the SUG, including the Vice-President, Precious Oazems, distanced themselves from Eyisi, saying that his actions amounted to a distraction to delay his impeachment as the SUG President which, according to them, was already in progress. They accused Eyisi of executive rascality and lawlessness.