Chijioke pointed out that“providing these answers to the question should form the basis for further engagement, investigation or outright determination of what transpired and what options and pathway to follow to remedy this ugly situation.” According to him, the university’s response would enable the association to determine“if this was a case of an individual or collective failure by the Governing Council or sheer negligence in their fiduciary responsibilities or a case of impunity by the chief executive of the university.” The national president said that the university’s response would enable the Alumni to determine how to approach or progress further action.
He said that the association“will take further actions which include a public statement updating the Alumni community on the actions so far and the no-response from the university as well as compel the university to provide the records and proceedings leading to this decision.” He, therefore, urged all members to patiently wait for the seven days the law has granted the University to respond, adding that if they failed to respond, the association would be acting within the law to proceed with our next further action.
The national president said that the association’s locus standi to ask the questions was grounded on the facts that the Alumni body is a key stakeholder in the university enterprise, while more legally, “the FOI Act permits the Alumni to ask for any information from a public institution or public servant regarding the operations, processes and decisions of such public institution.
3) it sadly has something to hide about this action that has attracted general public opprobrium.” Chijioke said that if the Alumni did not receive a response by the said date, after having given the University Management the opportunity to clarify itself, “it will then be appropriate to draw inference from the information available to the Alumni and then take further action”.
The national president pointed out that their letter asked 12 questions which are: “To provide to FUTO Alumni Association National Executive Council the records of the proceedings of the University Governing Council meeting at which this appointment was made.
“The Act is a law that requires full compliance by responsible parties and we, therefore, expect the university to respond to the 12 questions we have raised,” Chijoke stressed in the letter, as reported in Tribune Online.
However, the association of FUTO graduates, in a letter signed by the National President,Ndubuisi Chijioke, expressed serious regret over an embarrassing article tagged FUTO –“Fraudsters University of Technology Owerri”targeted at destroying the reputation and image of their Alma mater.
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