From INI FRIDAY, Uyo
The Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo, Prof. Enefioķ Essien said the newly elected VC, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo scored the highest during the selection process.
Essien who also described Prof. Ndaeyo as the most experienced of the three candidates shortlisted for the position stated this during a press conference yesterday in Uyo.
The clarification on how the new VC emerged followed insinuations in some quarters that the selection process was manipulated.
Essien who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Prof. Eno-idem Usoro, explained that the 8th substantive VC was produced according to the laws guiding the removal and appointment of a Vice Chancellor in a Federal University.
He stated that after the University Governing Council accepted the recommendation of the Joint Council and Senate Board, it decided to select the VC through a secret vote in line with the extant law required for the purpose.
He revealed that at the end of the secret vote, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo scored nine votes, Prof. Edet Udoh had four votes while Prof. Gabriel Umoh had no vote.
Accordingly, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, Prof. Austin Awujo led members of the Council to where the special meeting of Council was held and voluntarily announced the appointment of Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo as the incoming Vice Chancellor,” Essien said.
“The Governing Council which had the Chairman and 12 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, Prof. Nyaudoh Ukpabio Ndaeyo had scored nine votes, Prof. Edet Joshua Udoh had scored four votes and Prof. Gabriel Sunday Umoh had scored zero vote.
“Council had therefore approved the appointment of Prof. Nyaudoh Ukpabio Ndaeyo, Professor of Farm Systems, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University, with effect from December 1, 2020, based on the result of the secret vote.
“The decision of Council was also based on the fact that Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo 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 Deans and Deputy Vice Chancellor.
“We do not in any way suspect any political undertone because this is an academic institution and from what we have read earlier, we follow the law. And so, even if anybody has any political inclinations, it was not part of our standard.
“What we presented at Council before selection, before advert, during the shortlisting and the process of interview, and the process of final selection, nobody in an academic environment is to be politically inclined. The Chairman of the Govering Council was part of the voting process and he didn’t vote on political basis,” he stated.