The Delta State Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has been urged to address the abnormality in the process of selection of the next Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, Abraka and allow due process prevail.
The appeal which was contained in a letter sent to the Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and copied the Deputy Governor, Senator, Representing Delta Central, Chairman and Pro-Chancellor, DELSU, Abraka, President General, Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) and others stated the process was determine to marginalize Urhobo nation.
The letter which was signed by a community leader from Abraka, Chief Bello Oghenekevwe said the letter was to bring to the awareness of the Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, certain untoward development that is brewing in the University with the tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Professor E. A. Arubayi coming to an end on 30th November, 2014.
Oghenekevwe had said that the University Governing Council, in the process of filling the vacancy, constituted a committee for the selection of a new Vice Chancellor. He said it is a normal University tradition, adding that what is abnormal is the process of the selection that is tinkered toward a pre-determined direction with a view to including and favouring a particular candidate without recourse to excellence.
He said one of the ways perfected to impose an anointed candidate was a sharp deviation from the normal pre-requisite qualification, which every contender to the post of a Vice-Chancellor is expected to possess.
While speaking, he recalled that the advertisement for the post of a Vice-Chancellor always carry a minimum qualification of a “Professor with a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D),” of ten years and above. But in this particular case, a curious and alien phrase was imported, “a Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D) degree or its equivalent.”
Speaking further, Oghenekevwe said it is a deliberate and calculated attempt to tailor qualification and experience to a favoured and anointed candidate. “l condemn it in strongest terms and I call on our amiable and peace loving Governor to take immediate steps to reverse this ugly situation in the interest of peace in our citadel of learning.”
“In this case, what I observed was that junior Professors with less experience were made to interview their senior and more experienced colleagues and it is an outright negation and abuse of due process.
“I noted that out of the sixteen candidates that attended the interview, no candidate from the Senatorial District where the Delta State University is sited, made first to third position. This has showed what the planners and schemers had in mind.
“The current trend in Delta State under our amiable Governor is that all State tertiary institutions are headed by Rectors and Provosts from the Senatorial District where the institutions are sited and these are some of those institutions: Delta State Polytechnic, Anocha-Anioma, Delta North, Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Isoko, Delta South, Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, Urhobo, Delta Central.
Others are College of Education, Agbor, Ika-Anioma, Delta North, School of Nursing, Agbor, Ika Anioma, Delta North, Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu, Ijaw, Delta South, College of Education, Warri, Ijaw, Delta South, College of Physical Education, Mosogar, Urhobo, Delta Central and School of Nursing, Asaba, Oshimili-Anioma, Delta Central.
“Is it that no Professor from the host community, Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area or Delta Central Senatorial District (Urhobos) applied for the position or are they not qualified for the post? I was aware that six eminent professors from the Urhobo Nation applied but were deliberately schemed out. Again, a sitting Vice-Chancellor of an institution could not be in the first six positions by their ranking, simply because he is an Urhobo by tribe.
“I will not want to be complacent with this humiliation where the Urhobos are denied their rights. If other tertiary institutions in the State are headed by people from the Local Government Areas where the Institutions are sited, there should be no reason why the Delta State University should not be headed by a person from the Local Government or the Senatorial District where the University is sited.
“I was aware that our amiable Governor has a listening ear and does not support oppression and double standard. We therefore call on him to intervene as we cannot guarantee peace and stability if the trend is not reversed. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.