The tenure of the vice chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor James Sunday Adelabu ends today after a five-year sojourn in the almost 30-year-old institution.


In his valedictory speech to newsmen in Abuja after a tour of his projects within the permanent site of the institution, Adelabu clarified issues about the N3billion contract allegedly awarded in the twilight of his administration.

He said, “How can I award a contract like that given the fact that the NEEDS assessment is involved for which tendering and opening of bid was done? It was not even by the university but by a consortium.
“The award of the contract had taken a normal process for which Council was to meet. They didn’t want me to award contracts as VC”.

Meanwhile, after a careful selection from the 123 candidates who applied for the seat of the vice chancellor, 10 were shortlisted with Professors Umaru Garba Danbatta, Raheem Adebayo Lawal and Michael Umale Adikwu topping the list.

Danbatta, a professor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Kano State (North West) scored 83%, followed by Lawal, a professor of Language Education from Kwara State (North Central) with 73% and Adikwu, a professor of Pharmacy from Benue State (North Central) with 65%. grapevine gathered that the shortlisted candidates who interacted with the Board for a period of 45-60 minutes each were assessed based on appearance which carried 5 marks, reaction to questions, diction and comportment which carried 10 marks, and knowledge of the workings of the university system which also attracted 10 marks.

Others are the relationship between the university and government agencies and other stakeholders which had 15, social workings of the university system, 15, ability to manage crisis, 10, ability to attract funds, 15, and stakeholders forum pulled 20

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