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Udoma appointed Pro-Chancellor of Akwa State University

Udoma appointed Pro-Chancellor of Akwa State University

Former minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma has been appointed pro-chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University.

Udoma, a former senator and lawyer is a key player in Nigeria’s corporate sector having held the chairmanship position of many blue-chip companies.

Governor Udom Emmanuel approved the appointment in a statement signed by Emmanuel Ekuwem, secretary to the state government.

Udoma takes over from Samuel Inyang, who according to the statement has ‘stepped aside’ from his post.

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No reason was given for Inyang’s decision to  ‘step aside’ but  findings reveal that this may not be unconnected with plans by the Governor to  appoint a new vice-chancellor from a particular senatorial district of the state

Udoma hails from Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District and with Inyang’s departure, observers believe the new vice-chancellor is likely to come from Akwa Ibom northwest Senatorial district.

The tenure of the current Vice-Chancellor of the University, Eno Ibanga ended in April but he was reappointed in acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive Vice-Chancellor.

Ibanga was among the 8 nominees recently cleared by the state assembly for appointment as a member of the state executive council.

The Governor has come under pressure from powerful interest groups to appoint the new vice-chancellor of the state university from a particular senatorial district of the state.