The Governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma has sacked the Vice Chancellor, Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo, Prof Patrick Egbule.

The VC was relieved through a press statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Cosmas Iwu, and made available to newsmen in Owerri, the state capital.

Egbule was replaced with Prof Christopher Chiedozie Eze, as the acting Vice Chancellor of the university with immediate effect.

The statement read in parts, “The Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma has approved the immediate removal of Prof Patrick Egbule as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo.

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“Consequently, by the law establishing the university, His Excellency has approved the immediate appointment of Prof Christopher Chiedozie Eze as the Acting Vice Chancellor of the Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Umuagwo.”

“While His Excellency wishes the former acting Vice Chancellor well in his future endeavours, he charges the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof Chiedozie Eze, to apply himself to the highest standards in the administration of the young institution.”

Uzodimma approves promotion for Imo civil servants

Meanwhile, Uzodimma also approved the immediate promotion of civil servants who have suffered stagnation in previous administrations.

He gave the directive on Wednesday at the Imo State Executive Council Meeting of November 23, 2022, which he presided over.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the Exco Meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba, said that “in line with the Governor’s promise to look into the promotion arrears of Civil and Public Servants in Imo State when he announced the Health Insurance Policy for Imo workers, he has graciously approved immediate promotions of the Civil and Public Servants to clear the arrears/backlog that have existed since 8-10 years.”

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He added that the promotions are with immediate effect.

Emelumba equally recalled that before the commencement of the Executive Council meeting, Governor Uzodimma swore in two new commissioners who were also assigned portfolios.

The newly sworn-in commissioners are: Prof. Johncliff Chike Nwadike (Ministry of Education) and Dr. Martins Eke (Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals).

The Governor reminded them that ‘’to whom much is given, much is expected.’’

“Imo is at a cross roads and needs to be saved from the hands of evil men before they do what we may not understand,” the governor told them.

He urged them to deploy the best of their strength, talent and competencies to serve the Government and people of Imo State and thanked them for making themselves available to be part of the government.

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