CONTROVERSY TRAILS TIBI?S HANDOVER

The immediate past Provost of College of Education Agbor, Delta State, Emmanuel Tibi (Ph.d) finally handed over the batton of leadership of the institution to one Dr. Duke Okobia as the acting Provost of the College on Tuesday October 20, 2009.

Dr. Tibi speaking before formally handing over said the move was in accordance with the instruction from the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Higher Education that he hands over the administration of the institution to the present acting provost, Dr. Okobia who will be pilot the affairs of the college for three months.

Dr. Tibi in a brief address during the hand-over expressed gratitude to God for granting him the enablement to run the affairs of the institution for the years he was in office, stating that "this seven years of administration of the college would not have been possible without complementary assistance from my colleagues, students and the host community in general," adding that, it is a big honour on for me to be alive to hand-over to my successor."

Immediately after handing over to the Acting Provost, Dr. Tibi prayed for cordial relationship among the administrative staff. This was followed with a congratulatory hand shake by the duo and other members of the house.

The new acting provost, Dr. Okobia, commended Dr. Tibi for the many successes recorded by the institution during his tenure and wished him well in his future endeavours.

However, in a dramatic twist of events, the Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday October 21, nullified the appointment of Dr. Duke Okobia, and in his place approved the appointment of the current deputy provost, Dr. Anene Bolye.

The melodramatic twist of events took place after a Chief Lecturer of the College of Education Agbor, and a Reader, Dr. Duke Okobia was handed the baton of leadership the previous day, Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by the outgoing Provost of the College, Emmanuel U. Tibi (Ph.D); to act as the provost of the College pending when a substantive lecturer will emerge.

In a motion, filed by Hon. Alphonsus Ojo, representing Ukwani constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, he said that the handing over of the position of the provost of the College of Education Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area to Dr. Okobia, instead of the Deputy Provost, F.A Anene-Boyle as the law demands runs contrary to the constitution guiding the running of the institution. He therefore prayed the House to intervene to nullify the appointment of Dr. Okobia as the Acting Provost. After due considerations and extensive deliberations by members of the House; it was resolved that Dr. Okobia’s Acting as the Provost of the College be nullified. It was also resolved that the Present Deputy Provost of the College, Dr. Anene Boyle be made the Acting Provost pending when a substantive Provost will be brought in to take the mantle of leadership.

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