Uniuyo Affirms Ndaeyo as 8th Substantive Vice Chancellor

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– Debunks Allegation of Political Inclinations During Selection Process

The management of the University of Uyo (Uniuyo) has affirmed the appointment of Professor Nyaudo Ndaeyo as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University.

This was disclosed during a press briefing held on Wednesday, October 7, at the Old Senate Chamber of the University, Uyo.

According to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Enefiok Essien (SAN) the Governing Council met on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 for the purpose of selecting a Vice Chancellor from the list of three names of the University’s (Miscellaneous Provision) Law.

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Prof Essien who spoke through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the institution Prof. Mrs. Enoidem Usoro, said that “the Governing Council which had the Chairman and twelve other members present at the meeting, had accepted the recommendation of the Joint Council and Senate Board and resolved in line with the extant law to select the Vice Chancellor through a secret vote”.

“At the end, Professor Nyaudoh Ukpabio Ndaeyo had scored nine (9) votes and Professor Edet Sunday Umoh had scored four (4) votes and Professor Gabriel Sunday Umoh had scored zero (0) vote”.

“Council had therefore approved the appointment of Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, Professor of Farm Systems, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, with effect from December 1, 2020, based on the result of the secret vote”.

Prof. Usoro also disclosed that Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo had a First Class Honours degree in Agronomy from University of Uyo. She also said that Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo obtained his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Ibadan, adding that he is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the University.

On professor Ndaeyo’s working experience, Professor Usoro said that the newly elected Vice Chancellor is the most experienced of the three candidates having served as the Head of Department, Vice Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Chairman Committee of Dean and Deputy Vice Chancellor.

She also explained that Professor Edet Udoh had served as Head of Department, Vice Dean and Director School of Continuing Education, while Professor Gabriel Umoh had served as Head of Department and Director, Centre for Wetland Studies.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) also disclosed that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Professor Agustin Awujo, led members of the Council to the front of the building where the Special meeting of Council was held, and voluntarily announced the appointment of Professor Nyaudoh Ndaeyo as the incoming Vice Chancellor, to members of the press present, adding that the announcement was clearly caught on video.

Professor Usoro also debunked insinuation that the Governing Council of the University were influenced by either internal or external forces in selecting the new Vice Chancellor of the university.

Professor Usoro further explained that law governing the appointments and removal of Vice Chancellors as well as other Principal Officers of Federal Universities in Nigeria is the Universities (Miscellaneous Provision) Law, comprising the Principal Act. No. 11  of 1993 and the subsequent amendments.

According to her, “Subsection 3 of the law provides the composition of the Joint Council and Senate Selection Board which should be Chaired by the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council others being two (2) members of the Council not being members of Senate; and two members of Senate who are Professors, but who were not members of Search team”

“The members of the Selection Board are required to consider the candidates and persons on the short list by an examination of their Curriculum Vitae and interact with them and recommend to the Council three (3) candidates for further consideration”.

“The selection of three (3) of the highest appointable candidates was done by the Board at its meeting held on Monday October 5, 2020”.

She also explained that the Law in Article 4 subsection three (3) states that “The Council shall select one (1) candidate among the three candidates recommended to it under subsection three of this section”, adding Governing Council of the University followed due process and established law in selecting the new Vice Chancellor.

Credit: Mfon Okon