Urges Uzodimma to allow her serve out her tenure which will end Oct. 2021
Development Journalist, Corporate administrator and Policy Development Expert Chidi Emeagi has described the purported sack of the Vice- Chancellor Imo state University Owerri Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi by Gov. Hope Uzodimma as outright illegality done in bad faith in deference to the laws establishing the institution.
He said unless the governor makes public the “criminal” offences of Mrs Obasi which possibly led to her being indicted by a properly constituted panel, the reported sack of the VC would remain a nullity and of no effect.
Chidi Emeagi who is also the Publisher of Nigerian Newsguide newspaper stated this on Darling FM radio flagship Igbo program Na-Akwukwo Akuko (Newspaper review) monitored by our reporter last Friday.
The fiery journalist explained that former Gov Emeka Ihedioha also attempted to illegally sack Prof Obasi but for his (Emeagi’s) criticisms against that alongside others.
According to Emeagi, it is quite unfortunate that Uzodimma, a former federal lawmaker like Ihedioha is also trying to toe this dangerous path of illegality and dishonor in sacking a woman whose tenure of office as encapsulated in laws establishing the university is yet to elapse.
“For those who don’t know yet, Prof Adaobi Obasi’s five year statutory non- renewable tenure will elapse by October 2021. Any attempt to force her out of office before October next year amounts to outright courting of illegality and smacks of leadership irresponsibility. For now, I am yet to know about her indictment by any panel and unless she is found guilty of criminal offences by a panel, she cannot be removed by any body under the law.”
Mr Emeagi wondered why the government is intentionally trying to destroy the only university in the state for now.
“We know and have read severally how the Vice-Chancellor and her team are starved of funds particularly the over head cost needed for the day to day running of the school. She is always owed of her salaries and allowances. Only recently, the Chairman of IMSU governing council Bishop Lucious Ugorji resigned over a yet-to-be properly explained reasons but not unconnected to the shabby way the institution is run by the government.
“Some courses have lost accreditation and others about to, and students’ hope of graduation at record time still hanging in the balance yet the government is still bent on inflicting more trauma on IMSU such as the “sack” of Mrs Obasi. If they want to sell or privatize the university, they should come clean on that instead of playing politics and beating about the bush so that private individuals could acquire it and give it the attention and funds it deserves for the overall good of our children and relatives schooling there”.