Yesterday, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki assented to a bill being a new law passed by the State House of Assembly that allows the visitor of the Ambrose Alli University to intervene when crisis arise in the University.
Barely 17 hours after the 1999 Ambrose Alli University Special Intervention Law was amended, the Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie issued a statement indicating the governing council of Ambrose Alli University has been dissolved.
The announcement also indicated that the Edo State Government led by Godwin Obaseki has appointed Professor Osarhieme Benson Osadolor as acting vice chancellor of the University with immediate effect.
Excerpts of the statement read:
In accordance with the Ambrose Alli University (Special Intervention Powers) Provisions Law 2021, the Edo Stale Government hereby announces the dissolution of the Governing Council of Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and appointment
of Prof. Osarhieme Benson Osadolor as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution.
These directives take immediate effect.
The Ambrose Alli University (Special Intervention Powers) Provisions Law 2021 empowers the Visitor of the University to intervene in the ongoing impasse at the institution in the interest of the school, students and the generality of Edo people.
For some time now, the institution has been brought to its knees by mismanagement and maladministration, forcing the students to remain at home, with the attendant adverse effect on their academic pursuits.
This has also grounded activities in the university community, with the institution derailing from the vision of its founders.
Fulbright Scholar, Prof. Osadolor is to immediately take over the administration of the institution towards revamping and repositioning it to become a forward-looking, innovative and technology-driven institution of higher learning.
Prof. Osadolor, a Professor of History at the University of Benin, is trained at the University of Hamburg, Germany and University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
He brings to bear at the institution, nearly four decades career as an academic and university administrator, which has taken him through Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo, U.S.A; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland; San Diego State University, San Diego, California, U.S.A; University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria, among others.
Prof. Osadolor is also a Visiting Research Fellow in African History at the University of Hamburg.
Germany and an academic consultant to the Art History Museum,
in Vienna, Austria.