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Don flays use of politics, ethnicity in appointment of VCs

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A University of Calabar (UNICAL) lecturer, Prof. Offiong Effanga Offiong, has warned against the use of politics and ethnicity as a criterion for the selection of Vice-Chancellors (VCs) in Nigerian universities.

He said: “I know that we live in a strong political system but for me as a person, politics should not be the primary consideration in the appointment of a vice-chancellor. When we talk about a vice-chancellor, we are talking about a leader in a very enlightened system. We are talking about a visionary leader, a person that would be able to build the university to move with standards.

“We are also fundamentally talking about the lives and future of very young people that would pass through that university. So, if we kill the primary consideration on the altar of politics, then it looks to me that we have completely neglected the fundamentals of who and what a vice-chancellor is supposed to be. Therefore, it is my personal feeling that the most competent person in terms of track record should be made the vice-chancellor of a university.

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