A socio-cultural group, Tiv Youth Council Worldwide, has decried the Idoma ethnic group domination of the composition of the management of the Federal University of Health Science Otukpo (FUHSO).
Arguing that the composition of FUHSO is in flagrant disregard to the principles of federal character, natural justice, transparency and fairness, the group wondered that the management board of academic institution is made up entirely of Idoma people from the Vice Chancellor to the head of the audit unit.
Tiv and Idoma ethnic groups are both dominant in Benue State.
The group was speaking on the heels of intrigues towards the 2023 polls.
It warned that the situation was capable of sabotaging ongoing moves to ensure power shift to Benue South where Idoma is dominant.
The group led by Comrade Mike Msuaan, at a press conference in Abuja, said “the tribalistic colouration of the composition of the university is capable of thwarting the Idoma governorship,” which is gradually gathering momentum in the state.
According to Msuaan, the FUHSO is headed by Professor Innocent Ujah as the Vice Chancellor; Professor John Idoko, Board Member; Professor Ediga Agbo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration); Professor Stephen Abah, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics); and Malam Aminu Abba as Registrar/Board Secretary.
John Alechenu Abah is the University Bursar; Kathryn Philip (Mrs), University Librarian; Professor Oladipo Shittu, Provost College of Medicine; Professor Godwin Akpa, DAP&C; Dr Emmanuel Odu, DIGH&HS; Arc (Dr) Ochapa Adadu, DPP&W; Ameh Raphael, Head of Security Division; Richard Adah, Head of Internal Audit; Daniel Ochigbo, Head of Procurement Unit; and Michael Ogiji, Principal Assitant.
Against this background, the group is “calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Education to rise up and reject the composition since it is anchored on no known principle of competence but simply tribalism.
“The list above violates every rule of federal character and sanity as it shows clearly thought out chauvinistic agenda in favour of Prof. Innocent Ujah’s kinsmen, the Idoma.
“This totally bias composition of the management cannot be allowed to stand as it represents a hidden agenda to further deny other ethnic groups the opportunity of being employed in the school. Furthermore, it is a carefully orchestrated plan to deny admission to students who are not from Prof Ujah’s ethnic group.”
Continuing, it stressed: “This list is capable of causing animosity amongst the ethnic groups in the country and particularly the state. The management has no member of the Tiv ethnic group or even the Igede that are also from Zone C like the Idoma who dominate the list.
“Prof. Ujah must be called to order, having shown a clear dislike for other tribes.
“This action has sent fears in the minds of the other tribes in the state. For some observers, the action of Prof. Innocent Ujah reflects the character of an average Idoma person and what to expect if an Idoma person emerges Governor in 2023.”For information on Press Releases, Photos, Promotional Events and Adverts, Please Call or Send a Text to 09052129258, 08124662170 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org