RESENTMENT AS OBUDU MAFIA SUBVERTS DUE PROCESS TO CLINCH CRUTECH VICE CHANCELLORSHIP
There is so much anger and displeasure within the academic community and campuses of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) as it became apparent that forces from outside the university have prevented the Governing Council of CRUTECH chaired by Dr. Emil Inyang from advertising and carrying out the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor to replace Prof. Anthony Owan Enoh, whose tenure expired since February 2019.
Inside sources say the Council has been ordered to hold an emergency meeting this week to announce Prof. Emmanuel Unimke Ingwu, a professor of adult education, as the new Vice-Chancellor of CRUTECH. Prof. Ingwu’s appointment if plans go as hatched, will gravely impugn the autonomy and statutes of the university which provide for the involvement of key organs of the university in the processes leading to the emergence of a Vice Chancellor. The more grave implications on the choice of Ingwu would mean that the 2 universities in the State will be led by persons of Obudu origin, a development that is causing deep-seated resentment in the ivory tower. A don who preferred to remain anonymous queried if Obudu LGA has the exclusivity of possessing worthy academics to head the universities in Cross River State.
Opinion leaders in the State have cautioned the Governor against setting a dangerous precedent of cajoling university councils to rig or even bypass the processes to produce kinsmen of the Governor as Vice Chancellors at UNICAL and CRUTECH simultaneously. Such tendencies are capable of instigating ethnic tensions within and outside the campuses in the State.
At the moment, the outgoing CRUTECH VC, Prof. Owan, is said to have led a Management that was heavily lopsided against the Southern Senatorial District of the State which couldn’t boast of a single Faculty Dean or departmental head even as the university has 10 faculties and over 30 departments. All principal officers of the university are also said to hail from only the Central and Northern districts of the State. A non-academic staff who hails from the same LGA as the Vice Chancellor opined that for equity and to restore the confidence of the people of the South in the university community and beyond, the vacant position of VC ought to have been zoned to the southern part of the State.
Efforts to speak with the university’s pro-chancellor, Dr Inyang, on the allegation of pressure being mounted on him to discard the traditional processes for the emergence of a VC, were unsuccessful as calls to his number failed.
By Bruno Bassey