Authorities of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State, have denied allegation by National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, that there was crisis in the university.
NANS had, last week, called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission, NUC, to wade into the crisis in the university. It also demanded the removal of the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Cordelia Agbebaku, over alleged non-qualification.
Students of the institution, through Mr. Ehimen Okojie, a member of Edo State Students’ Union, have however denied that there was crisis in the university, saying, “We have just resumed and lectures have commenced. All the unions in the university have commended the leadership of the acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Agbebaku and there is no doubt that any institution embroiled in a crisis will not be able to do that successfully.”
According to him, NANS should have appealed to the Federal Government and NUC to solve the crisis rocking University of Nigeria, Nsukka, all Federal Polytechnics in Nigeria and others.
On the qualification of the acting Vice- Chancellor, Prof Emmanuel Nnadozie of the school’s Faculty of Law, explained that Prof. Agbebaku became an Associate Professor in 1998 and a full Professor in 2003, and therefore, was qualified to be appointed substantive VC of the university.
He contended that the management of the university will properly be focused in the affairs of the university, when a substantive Vice-Chancellor was put in place, adding that “Prof Agbebaku already knew the problems confronting the institution flowing from the fact that she had served in various capacities at the university.”