By AFAM Echi
There have been strident calls recently for the sack of the Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University, Prof (Mrs) Adaobi Obasi
Various individuals in the state have lately inundated the Daily Nigerian Horn office with complaints and calls for her removal while alleging various issues in the University.
Some of the callers who picked holes over her continued stay, pointed to the fact that she is still playing Okorocha’s script reminding that two former Vice Chancellors before her were not allowed to complete their tenure due to Okorocha’s meddlesomeness in their activities.
Another set of people complained that under her the institution lost accreditation in various courses especially in the critical areas of medicine and law which also impacted on the students.
They allege that medical students of the University have had to undergo serious challenges and could not be provided with the basic training facilities to facilitate their learning.
When reminded that she relies on the government for support in the provision of those facilities, they faulted her further for her inability to leverage on her very close relationship with the governor to attract the necessary infrastructure she needed.
It was also alleged that since her tenure the University has been polarized along different lines which has resulted to in-fighting thereby weakening the management of the school.
Another matter alleged against her is the issue of free education arising from the discordant tunes between her and the state government not too long ago. It was held that while she sent students home to go and fetch their school bills which she later denied, the state government was busy insisting that students are on scholarship.
It would be recalled that Governor Rochas Okorocha on assumption of office in 2011 sacked the then Vice Chancellor Prof Ossy Nwebo without allowing him complete his tenure. This was followed by the appointment of Prof B.E.B Nwoko and later Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, the former ASUU boss but his five year tenure was also short-lived. He is still in the court against the government challenging his removal.
When the Public Relations Officer, Mr RaphNjoku-Obi was contacted for his reaction, he condemned the call lashing at those making the call as not qualified to do so because they didn’t appoint Obasi.
In his words, “you cannot call for somebody’s removal when you are not the person who put her into office.’’
He went further to highlight the performance of the University through its students. He queried, ‘are you aware that IMSU students came tops in the law school exam with 5 of them making first class.’
The PRO stated that loss of accreditation is not sufficient to cause a hullabaloo because according to him, even the University of Nigeria lost accreditation in Law and regained it.