The Orlu Traditional Rulers and professors at Imo State University appear to be head bent in taking the seat of the vice-chancellor of the Imo State University.
This is even as the Traditional Rulers a few weeks ago mandated their son, Governor Uzodinma to ensure that the said seat does not elude the zone.
A source from the Government House revealed to the Lead that the traditional Rulers made it clear to Uzodinma during their recent visit that at the moment, the Owerri zone is occupying the Bursar Seat of the citadel of learning while Okigwe zone is occupying the position of the Registrar, hence the new Vice-Chancellor should come from the other zone which is Orlu zone.
The same source however hinted outside the campus as the next vice-chancellor.
Meanwhile, six professors from Orlu zone extraction in the university were said to have dusted their individual cus ahead of the governor’s appointment.
It is no longer news that any moment from now a new VC will be announced by the visitor of the school to be at the helm of an affair of the institution. For close to three months, there are speculations that the incumbent vice-chancellor of the University prof Victoria Adaobi Obasi has completed her tenure in the office having spent five years.
Impeccable sources to the Lead, revealed that the University is usually anchored on three major principal officers which include the VC, bursar, and registrar. Already governor Hope Uzodinma led administration had before appointed Dr. O. J. E Anyanwu as the acting bursar Owerri zone while Dr. Julius Osuagwu Okigwe zone.
It will be recalled that the justice Onumajuru panel on the administration of IMO state university in the year 2000 recommended that in the selection of VC Imsu, excellence & experience should be taken into consideration. .However, the zonal composition of IMO state should not be ignored in the appointment of the three major principal officers of the university; the VC, the Registrar and the Bursar.
The source further noted that it is expected that the government should balance the tripod equation in Imo state university Owerri by appointing a VC from Orlu zone.
Conscious of the facts, that professors from the area are scooping for the position. Notably, Prof Victor Kogah, prof Okee Okoro, Prof j. B. N Nnadozie, prof. Chima Iwuchukwu, Prof. J. C Nwadike, Prof D. C Chima, and the host of other professors from the Orlu zone in Imsu are now ready to plow job.
However, according to our reliable source, the governor is expected to announce an experienced impeccable professor with not less than ten years of experience in university management to mount the leadership of the school which will be in line with his excellency 3R’s agenda.
Even at that, other professors, like prof Martin Nwankwo from Abia state, prof Chigbo Ajaero, Prof. O. C Nwebo, Prof Nnamdi Obiareri, Prof. Kennedy Okorie all from Okigwe, Rev.Fr prof Philip Ogbonna, Prof.B .G Nworgu, Prof. Nkwam Uwaoma from Owerri zone are also alleged to be in the race.