ASUU can’t dictate our choice of Vice-Chancellor—Rivers Commissioner

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

Governor Amaechi of Rivers State says he will not be bullied by ASUU.

 

The Rivers State Government has called the bluff of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the on-going fracas that resulted from Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s choice of the Vice-Chancellor for the state’s university.

The governor said he will not be cowed by ASUU’s threats and will not let them determine who he appoints as the Vice-Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

The State’s Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, made this known at a press briefing in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The re-appointment of Barineme Fakea, generated a huge row in the university with ASUU embarking on strike actions across the country and calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on Mr. Amaechi to rescind his decision.

Mrs. Semenitari said the law that established the university provides for the re-appointment of a vice chancellor after the first tenure.

She said the re-appointment of Mr. Fakea became imperative because two members of the selection committee had “suddenly’’ joined the vice chancellorship race.

The commissioner added that the university has recorded several achievements during Mr. Fakea’s first tenure.

She added that the National Universities Commission (NUC) recently rated the university the 19th best university in the country.

Mrs. Semenitari noted that the state university had earlier been rated as the 76th saying that the information is contained in official letter from the NUC to the university.

She added that the State Government plans to engage the services of some notable professors from world class universities to lecture in the state university.

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