I don’t have power to ban contracts - VC, Ajuru UniversityWritten by Innocent Chikwem
The Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Prof. Ozo Mekuri-Ndimele, has denied claims making the rounds in some sections of the media that he has banned contracts in the university.
Reacting to the false claims recently in his office at the main campus of the university in Rumuolumeni, the VC said it is illegal to ban contracts and as such he cannot do so, adding that he was misquoted by the media.
He said: “I don’t have power to ban contract and it’s illegal to do so. Council authorized me to suspend contracts; I don’t have powers to do so.”
He recalled that efforts are on top gear to commence paint production in the paint factory of the Ignatius Aguru University.
The vice chancellor however appealed to students/staff to cooperate and support the government.
“If government can release money due to us, we should be able to achieve whatever we plan to achieve,” he added.
According to him, “my target is to spend two years and achieve our target, but the major constraint is the name of the university. In the civilized world, such is not an issue; here in Nigeria it is a big problem. If name of the university is changed, it will fast-track the university’s development and transform every area.”
Professor Ndimele emphasized the need for additional programmes away from educational courses, stressing that it will attract more students to the institution.
On what can enhance development and further increase admission quota to the institution, the V.C said: “let people have choice to what they want; this can fast track upward growth of the university generally.”