Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has directed the Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and the selection Board to continue with all processes required for the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor (VC) for the institution.
The minister made this known through the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, while responding to a request by the Chancellor of the University, the Obi of Onitsha, HRH Igwe Alfred Achebe for intervention in the disagreement over the selection process.
Adamu said nothing should stop the selection process as scheduled and which is also in accordance with approved guidelines.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY in Abuja on Sunday and signed by Ben Bem Goong, a deputy director, said an earlier correspondence to the Ministry, which was copied to the Chancellor, the out-going Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, requested a directive on how to proceed with the matter.
The statement quoted the minister as saying, “having established that the processes and procedures adopted in the on-going selection exercise are consistent with the approved guidelines and the University Act, proceedings should be continued to a logical conclusion.
“It is therefore, the expectation of the Ministry that the Governing Council under the leadership of the Chairman, shall take all necessary steps to ensure a successful discharged of this mandate in a prompt, accountable and transparent manner without undue rancour.”