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University Chancellorship: Pro-Chancellor Berates Critics

Ogbonnaya Ndukwe, Aba

Pro-chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Eze Eberechi Dick, has called on Nigerians to find ways of assisting those elected or appointed into public offices to improve the lot of the generality of Nigerians instead of embarking on condemnation and making frivolous allegations leading to their fall.

He said most of those that peddle unwarranted attacks and unfounded rumours against persons perceived as their opponents in political or social life endeavours were neither properly educated nor possess knowledge of the things they claim to be fighting for, The royal father who was reacting to claims by a group known as Abia for Good Democratic Governance (AGDG), that he was not qualified to be appointed as pro-chancellor of the university, said it was unfortunate that a group of faceless persons allowed themselves to be hired and sponsored by some individuals to make frivolous claims to tarnish his image.

He reminded the members of the group that appointments of pro-Chancellors of universities across the country and abroad, were never done because of any academic attainment rather on the individual’s achievements and endeavours in life especially as they affect lives of their people socially.

Eze Dick who is the current Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, noted that claims by the group that they knew when he was in the primary school about 1974, was wrong as by the period he had already married and had children including, Prince Bobby Eberechi Dick, the current Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketing Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Aba Chapter.

In his words: “It is a pity that those criticizing his appointment as pro-chancellor of the Federal University of technology, Minna, by the immediate past President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, do not know the essence of having a University Chancellor, as a ceremonial status and not academic as ignorantly claimed by them.”

He urged members of the group which he said was nonexistence to be properly guided before embarking on any mission aimed at tarnishing the image of those whose faces or names they do not like but were fortunate to become appointed or elected into public offices in the country.

The UNION gathered that a group which called itself Abia for Good Democratic Governance (AGDG), had last month published a news item in a national daily condemning the appointment of Eze Eberechi Dick, as Pro Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State by the federal government, claiming that his appointment was irregular since the royal father does not have much academic education.

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