Prof. Greg Nwakoby
A petition before the Senate by Prof. Greg
Nwakoby of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
Awka (UNIZIK) has revealed how his refusal to
bribe the screening panel N60 million cost him
chance to become the vice chancellor of the
university despite emerging the best out of
the nine professors screened for the position.
According to the petition by Nwakoby, a
vice chancellor in charge of administration of
UNIZIK, he came first with 89.65 per cent out
other eight vice chancellorship candidates
before the Vice Chancellor Selection Exercise
headed by Alhaji Buhari Bala and supported
by the chairman of the University Council, Air
Marshall Larry Koinya.
Other professors that sat for the screening
the Vice Chancellor Selection Exercise with
scores during the interviews were Prof. Ben
Osisioma (79.4 per cent),
Prof. Ifeoma Enweani
(65.5 per cent),
Prof. Ikechukwu Oluka (66.15
Prof. Azubuike Nwankwo (73.9 per cent)
Prof. Joseph Ahaneku (80.65 per cent)
Prof.Nwabueze (64.4per cent) and
Ikpeze (76.3 per cent).
Members of the Vice Chancellor Screening
include; Alhaji Buhari Bala, AVM Larry Koinya,
Senator Fidelis Okoro, Prof. Amobi Illika, Prof.
Egolum, Dr. Nte Mbam from the Federal
Commission , Omotora E.B from the Federal
Ministry of Education and Peter Egah also
from the Federal Character Commission.
He said the university advertised the vacancy
the position of vice chancellor on December 24
2013 and 34 candidates were shortlisted.
the nine candidates were invited for interview
May 22 and 23 2014, in which he came top
89.65 per cent.
However, in his petition to the Senate
David Mark, dated May 27, Nwakoby said: ?On
May 24 2014,
I was invited by Senator Fidelis
Okoro and Alhaji Bala Buhari at Finotel Hotel,
Awka, because I also lodged in the same hotel.
On entering the hotel room of Senator Fidelis
Okoro, they made a demand N30 million
respectively (i.e. N30 million for each of them
totaling N60 million) from me as a condition
returning me as the Vice Chancellor.
Fidelis Okoro claimed that he would use part
his own share to settle Barrister J.M. Aseh,
whereas Alhaji Bala Buhari would settle the
chairman of the Governing Council.?
their demand and insisted that as I came first
the interview and screening I could not do
They told me that Prof. Joseph Ahaneku
had made the offer to them but that as I was
the best that it was easier to support me. I
their offer,? he added.
Nwakoby stated further in the petition that to
surprise: ?On May 26 2014, the council
reconvened the meeting of the Council which
started by about 1 pm. Before the meeting,
Senator Fidelis Okoro told me that Senator
Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of
Federation (SGF) had directed that Prof.
Ahaneku should be appointed the Vice
Chancellor and that Anyim had also appointed
one Senator Ben Collin Ndu to replace Chief
John Nwodo so as to ensure his bid succeed.
John Nwodo was appointed a member of the
Governing Council sometime in April 2013 but
not come for the inauguration and had never
attended the council meeting since then.? The
professor noted that after the Vice Chancellor
Screening report, the announcement of the
outcome of the screening was postponed.
Nwakoby said the appointment of UNIZIK Vice
Chancellors since inception had always been
merit, pointing out that it was the case with
former vice chancellors late Prof. Festus
(the first VC), Prof. Pita Ejiofor (second VC),
Austin Ilochi Okafor (SAN) (Third VC) and the
forth Vice Chancellor, Prof. B.C.E Egboka.