STAKEHOLDERS at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma have faulted the appointment of Otunba Mike Ade Aladenika as Head of Corporate Communication in the University, saying the portfolio is alien to the University system and a violation of the University’s Scheme of Service, especially the career structure of the University.
Mr. Aladenika was recently appointed to Head what ought to be the Division of Information, Public Relations and Protocol in the office of the Vice Chancellor, a position that is usually occupied by a Deputy Registrar (DR) or Principal Assistant Registrar (PAR).
Ikhalo Joseph, spokesman of the concerned stakeholders noted that Aladenika was arbitrarily appointed and placed on level 13, the equivalent of a PAR status, without due process and in total disregard to the Scheme of Service of the University.
“How can you just bring in someone who has never worked before in a University system and made him Head of a Division on level 13? What experience has Aladenika got in the University system to be given such a position of the status of a DR or PAR? Who interviewed him for the position of DR’S status, and when was the position advertised?”, the sources queried.
Some members of the university community condemned the portfolio of Head of Corporate Communications in a University, describing it as alien and offensive to the extant career structure of the University.
“At best, Aladenika’s appointment is a classic aberration and an unfortunate addition to the growing cases of abuse and violation of the University’s Scheme of Service, law and regulations. It cannot stand the test of time in the context of University tradition.”, the sources said.
The stakeholders bemoaned the declining fate of the University in the comity of Universities since the Special Intervention Team (SIT) was imposed on the University, adding that the development has led to such aberrations as Bursar-in-Charge, Overseer and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellors when there is an Acting Vice Chancellor in place in the University.
“These are administrative abnormalities and impunities that have become the lot of the University, making the University a laughing stock in the comity of Universities in the country”, the sources further said.
It was gathered that Aladenika was unprocedurally brought into the University by the defacto Chairman of SIT, Mr. Austin Osakue to fight a media ‘war’ and cover up all his destructive activities in the University.