The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Regina Ogali, will on June 12, 2020, assume office as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, following the expiration of the tenure of the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale.
This is as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to urgently reconstitute the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt, in line with the provisions of the Universities Miscellaneous Amendment Act.
Ogali, who is a Professor of Organic /Pharmaceutical Chemistry, is the first female to occupy such exhaulted position in the University. She will oversee the affairs of the university, while the incumbent proceeds on annual leave, which will take effect from June 12, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the University of Port Harcourt, has said it was wrong for the federal government to dissolved the Governing Council of the institution without constituting a new Council almost immediately.
ASUU, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by its UniPort chapter chairman, Dr. Austen Sado, said dissolving the Governing Council without reconstituting another Council has created a vacuum and almost tantamount to making the Vice-Chancellor of the University a sole administrator.
The statement reads in part: “The University of Port Harcourt Branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is calling on the Visitor to keep faith with the provisions of the Universities miscellaneous Amendment Act and constitute a Governing Council for the University of Port Harcourt.
“The University of Port Harcourt has had a fair share of challenges in recent times, and dissolution of the Governing Council of the University has added to those challenges.
“In the announcement of the dissolution conveyed through Mr. Ben Goong, a director in the office of the Honorable Minister of Education, the terse statement simply thanked members of the Council for their service.
“Without engaging in any form of legalese, it is clear beyond equivocation that any Council so dissolved shall almost immediately be reconstituted as if the Council were not ab initio dissolved. The operating phrase of the section quoted above is ‘shall be immediately constituted’ and it does not give any room for a vacuum in the Governance of the University.
“To dissolve the Governing Council without reconstituting another Council has created a vacuum and almost tantamount to making the Vice-Chancellor a Sole Administrator, particularly at this period of the Covid-19 pandemic when the Senate of the University cannot be convened.”