Governor Adams Oshiomhole has signed into law a bill amending the tenure of
the Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma from a 4-year
renewable tenure to a 5-year single non-renewable tenure.
While assenting to the bill, Governor Oshiomhole said the need to conform
to the best practices as obtained in other National universities as well as
ensure peace and development in the university made it necessary for the
Ambrose Alli University Vice Chancellor Tenure to be amended.
The Governor said, “we have decided to amend the session as regards to the
tenure of the Vice Chancellor in order to bring it in conformity with the
general practice around the country. It is now a public secret that the
tenure of Vice Chancellors in Federal Universities has been adjusted to 5
-year single tenure that is non-renewable.
“The tenure of the Vice Chancellor under the AAU Act had been a 4-year
renewable tenure. Which means the VC can sometimes spend up to 8 years as
Vice Chancellor. We have decided to amend this section of the Act so that
we bring it to conformity with the practice elsewhere because we think it
makes a lot of sense.
“It is an open secret that the competition for Vice Chancellorship has
assumed a dimension that can be quite dysfunctional to the peace and
harmony and even the academic environment of the university. I am therefore
convinced that the idea of limiting the tenure to one term of 5 years is
Governor Oshiomhole also expressed his satisfaction with the administration
of the present Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Cordelia
Agbebaku which he acknowledged has brought lot of development to the
University through astute management of resources as well as stabilizing
the university and ensuring peace.
Governor Oshiomhole said, “I also want to use this opportunity to state
that Edo State Government based on the reports that we are receiving and we
have continued to receive from the Council of the Ambrose Alli University
and our own general overview of the going on at the university, I am
convinced that the Vice Chancellor is doing a fantastic job under a very
The Governor affirmed, “The tenure of the present VC by this amendment
automatically would be 5 years and I hope this would lay to rest those who
are agitating, who are arguing that the tenure of the Vice Chancellor has
expired. It has not, not only because we have amended this law but also
that the last Vice Chancellor who was there spent a period of 5 years
though the law hadn’t been amended.
“Once you start a tradition, particularly a tradition that works, it is
better to stick to the tradition. I think the tradition worked and that is
why we have formally amended the law to incorporate this tradition into the
law and therefore the present Vice Chancellor will enjoy the privilege and
carry the burden of 5 years, one single term that is non-renewable.”