By Gabriel Chy Alonta
In his determination to enforce discipline in the university, the new vice chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone, locked out lecturers at the university auditorium, where the elections that brought the new deputy vice chancellor (Academic) and dean of postgraduate studies were held.
Orient Daily reports that no fewer than 30 lecturers, including principal officers of the university, council members, professors, deans of faculties and heads of departments, were among those who came late to the election, last Monday, and were locked out.
The visibly disillusioned lecturers were surprised at the development, which, to them, was first of its kind in the university.
This reporter heard the lecturers making nasty comments on the development, while a particular senior lecturer said, “It is good to be disciplined. It won’t cost one anything to be disciplined, but rather, it will build the person. I am not happy that I fall victim today, because, it is never in my character to be come late to important functions”.
Another principal officer said, “If this is how heaven will be, there will be great trouble. If this type of thing happens in the national assembly, they will scale fence and go into the complex”.
A student, who was reading in the podium around the university auditorium, said the new vice chancellor’s move was commendable, adding that it is not students who need to be disciplined.
After about 50 minutes later, the deputy vice chancellor (Administration), Prof. Carol Arinze-Umeobi, was instructed to usher them into the venue to participate in the election.
The election brought Prof. Frederick Odibo of the Department of Applied Microbiology and Prof. Philomena Igbokwe of the Department of Chemical Engineering as deputy vice chancellor (Academic) and dean, school of postgraduate studies of the university, respectively.
The duo were elected at the 196th emergency senate meeting of the university presided by the vice chancellor, Prof. Charles Okechukwu Esimone.
Prof. Odibo emerged DVC (Academic) after polling a total of 198 votes out of the 219 votes cast. Professor Vincent Ajiwe of Pure and Industrial Chemistry Department, scored only 4 votes, while 17 votes were declared invalid. Professor Odibo is currently the director, academic planning of the university.
Also, Prof. Philomena Igbokwe, polled a total of 122 votes to emerge as the dean, postgraduate school.
Igbokwe was a former dean of the faculty of engineering and has been acting as dean of the postgraduate school since 2018.
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