The seven-man Special Visitation Panel set up by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to look into the affairs of Ambrose Alli University has commenced work, with a call for Memoranda.
The panel chaired by Prof. I. K. Omoruyi was inaugurated on Friday, October 9, 2020 with a charge to submit its report to the state government within six weeks.
Members of the panel are Prof. Lawrence Atsegbua, Mrs. M. E. Ohiowele, Roland Ogbebor, Dr. J. O. Okovido, Venerable Osaze Egbenusi, and Mrs. P. E. Aziegbemhin.
Mrs. Priscillia Aziegbemhin, Member/Secretary of the committee, who called for memoranda, urged the management, staff, students as well as other stakeholders of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and the general public, to submit their memoranda to the secretariat of the panel.
“The Memoranda which should be in soft and 10 hard copies, should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Panel, in the office of the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Head of Service, Governor’s Office, Osadebey Avenue, G.R.A. Benin City, Edo State, on or before 4pm on 26th October, 2020.”
The Panel’s terms of reference include to examine the administrative structure of the university in line with the law establishing it, establish the actual student population both regular and non-regular students against the accredited faculties and departments and investigate the quality of training programmes in the university especially in relation to standard.
“It will also examine the finances of the university in the area of revenue generation, expenditure transparency, accountability and observance of due process and critically look at the mode of employment and promotions at the university with a view to determining whether due process was observed in the recruitment and promotion and whether the staff strength vis-a-vis the carrying capacity of student’s population of the university is balanced and reasonable.”
Other terms of reference include to “ look into all issues regarding the implementation of Government directives between the university and members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), look into future funding for the university in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and any other matter, which in the opinion of the Visitation Panel, is incidental to its assignment.”