Prof Charles Esimone, the new Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has assumed office, reading what looked like a riot act to staff of the university, warning that non productive staff of the university would be declared redundant if they failed to improve.
The Vice Chancellor, who spoke during an elaborate handover ceremony at the auditorium of the university, warned staff of the university to sit up as his administration would not condone untoward practices.
He said, “I am coming into this job with a vision primed on promoting the highest standard of academic excellence, productive community service, administrative reforms, discipline and advances in matrix of human capacity building, infrastructural development and students/staff welfare.
“There’ll be zero tolerance to plagiarism, sexual harassment and inducement. A mechanism with be put in place to identify and punish culprits accordingly.
“Productivity would be required of every staff, non-performing staff will be declared redundant and could be shown the way out if they do not turn a new leaf. Productivity bonus will not be mandatory, it will have to be earned.”
The new Vice Chancellor, while speaking on what his administration would do to improve the infrastructure in the university, said it will enter into a public private partnership with individuals and organisations to build hostels and improve the institution.
We’ll also pursue complimentary collaborations with foreign universities to enable our researchers carry out procedures where we lack capacity,” he said.
Esimone urged lecturers in the university to rather see students as their clients and shun all forms of oppressive actions against them as such would not be tolerated.
Earlier, Joseph Ahaneku, the outgone vice chancellor of the university, said within his five years in office, he has placed the university in the world map as far as university system was concerned.
He urged all to give his successor the same level of support for him to be able to succeed.