Dr. Onen Arikpo
SIR: Exterior authorities there isn’t any extra fertile subject for the apply of politics than a college. From the small household unit to the parliament itself, folks mix and recombine in a bewildering, altering kaleidoscope of groupings to be able to obtain their goals.
That is allowed in all human societies together with the academia. However when the gathering or re-gathering entails the alternate of cash in a cavalier method to be able to deliver a couple of shortcut to an in any other case orderly course of that calls for transparency and due course of, it’s known as corruption.
There is no such thing as a gainsaying the truth that leaders of the ivory tower (hitherto identified for astute integrity and excessive ethical proclivity) are invited by the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to function returning officers for main nationwide elections as a result of the college as a distinguished neighborhood of students, academics and researchers is trusted by the bigger society to conduct profound and elegant assignments.
But when the method of appointment of a vice chancellor for any college is perceived to be marred by irregularities and ‘the very best bidder changing into the winner’, what then is the hope for the broader Nigerian polity?
On Could 27, the print media was greeted by the commercial of “Emptiness for the place of vice chancellor” for the College of Calabar.
The college which began in 1975 as a campus of the College of Nigeria and have become autonomous in 1979, has had fairly some distinguished vice chancellors from inception until date.
Many erudite students and directors, notably, Professor Emmanuel Ayandele, Professor Kelvin Ettah, to say just some, led at totally different occasions.
Nothing was heard or identified about irregularities and alternate of cash or gratification earlier than their emergence as vice chancellors.
However within the final two dispensations of the college administration, it was alleged that, ‘money and carry’ and motion of ‘Ghana-must-go’ baggage performed a big function within the appointment and sustenance of the administrations.
Nobody is aware of how a lot can be concerned in 2020. Nonetheless, there are swirling rumours about enormous quantities of cash being moved round. Is the place of vice chancellor for the College of Calabar on the market?
The world is watching as to how the method of appointing a brand new vice chancellor for the college can be this time round.
It’s sincerely hoped that the method will likely be honest, credible and the taking part in subject made degree to make sure that the perfect candidate that may present “administrative management to a well-informed and articulate native tutorial neighborhood” would supervene.
Let the ‘finest’ candidate who satisfies the necessities for the exalted place of vice chancellor be appointed to run the affairs of the College of Calabar.
For the method to be clear and acceptable to all of the aspirants, it should be insulated from the primordial pastimes and sentiments that marred the 2 quick previous workouts.
- Dr. Onen Arikpo, Ugep, Cross River State.