By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI—URHOBO youths, under the aegis of Coalition of Urhobo Youth Organisation, weekend, faulted the appointment of Prof. Alhasan Bitchi, a professor of Pharmacology as acting Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State.
The youths, meantime, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for constituting the Governing Council for the university.
Speaking to newsmen in Ughelli, spokesman of the group, Mr. Stephen Ohwokirerhuo, expressed hope that the constitution of governing council will facilitate the appointment of a qualified substantive VC.
He said: “FUPRE is a specialized university for the training of high cadre manpower for the oil and gas sector, therefore, its VC should be an experienced professor in petroleum and gas related fields in engineering, physical or chemical sciences.
“Currently, the acting VC, Prof. Alhasan Bitchi is Pharmacologist, and we wonder what a Pharmacologist is doing in a petroleum institution.
“We call on the incoming governing council to proceed with the process of selection and appointment of a qualified substantive VC and Registrar for the university.”
“The absence of a Governing Council in the university since October 2011 had slowed down the process of appointing a substantive Vice Chancellor and Registrar for the institution. The constitution of the Governing Council will go a long way in fast tracking development and inject sanity into the university.
“We know that one of the functions of Governing Councils is the advertisement and selection of Vice Chancellors and Registrars for the universities, so the appointment will help facilitate the appointment of a substantive VC and Registrar into the troubled Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun.”
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