By James, Michael Igiri
The governing council of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia
state, has been advised to demote 28 academic staff members of the university in
the ranks of professor.
The recommendation was made by a panel set up to examine the “challenges
influencing quality of academic programmes” in the university.
A report submitted by the six-man committee indicted the institution for allegedly
breaching various guidelines regarding the appointment of professors in the
The report made available revealed it was recommended that the governing council
approved the demotion.
A panel, headed by S. N. Ibe, to examine the process involved in the award
of professorship to about 31 lecturers in 2015 said a majority of those awarded
professorship lacked the 12 years cognate experience required for such position.
“Whereas the guidelines, even as advertised in a national daily (newspaper) on
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, stated that for a candidate to be qualified to be
appointed a professor, he must have 12 years cognate experience, majority of those
who were so appointed lacked that particular criterion,” it read.
The panel further recommended that 10 of those appointed in the year’s promotion
exercise(2015) be demoted to the rank of associate professors; nine to senior
lecturers; seven to lecturer 1 and two to lecturer II.
It said only three candidates – Mike Ukah, Isiguzo Ahaneku and Patricia Mbana –
met the requirements for professorial appointments.