The division among the principal officers of the Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State, assumed a monstrous dimension on Tuesday as two Acting Registrar emerged.
Their emergence followed expiration of the tenure of the substantive registrar, Chris Adamaigbo, on April 27,2021.
It was gathered the outgoing registrar had issued a letter of appointment to one Mrs. ify Nwabudike to resume as acting registrar, while the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ignatius Onimawo, also issued another letter to Mr. Eddy Ehiakhamen to resume as acting registrar.
Both Nwadibuke and Ekiakhamen were until their separate appointments, deputy registrar in the university.
The outgoing registrar, in apponting Nwabudike in acting capacity, had hinged his action on “consultation and approval of the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the university”.
The appointment imbroglio is the peak of the battle of mistrust between the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of the University, Mr. Lawson Omokhodion.
It was further gathered that while Prof. Onimawo enjoys the confidence and backings of the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr. Osarodion Ogie and the Deputy Governor of the state, Comrade Philip Shaibu, who both supported the appointment of Ekiakhamen as acting registrar, the outgoing registrar is backed by the Governing Council.
The Council, a source disclosed, had remained in comatose since October 2020, when the state government empaneled a Special Visitation Panel to look into some of the issues affecting the university.
The source added that the constitution of the Visitation Panel had encumbered the Governing Council greatly such that it had not been able to make any policy statement, with the Vice-Chancellor having unfettered reign over the affairs of the university.
Reacting to the development, the university’s Public Relations Officer, Edward Aihevba, described the situation as a minor administrative error that had been corrected.
“This was a minor administrative error in the Registry which has been promptly corrected. Only one staff has been appointed as Acting Registrar, and that is Sir Eddy Ehiakhamen. The handover has been smoothly and successfully done“, he maintained.