A former Dean of students Affairs, Prof. Osarieme Benson Osadolor has been a appointed as the acting Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State.
He replaces the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo who have served his five-year tenure in office.
Osadolor’s appointment was conveyed in letter signed by Mr. Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to Edo State Government on behalf of the Visitor of the institution, Governor Godwin Obaseki who assumed full autonomy of the institution on Monday May 10, 2021, which was passed by the State House of Assembly on the same day.
The SSG also announced the dissolution of the Governing Board of the institution, with immediate effect, said the decision was in accordance with Ambrose Alli University, AAU Special intervention Powers) provision of Law 2021.
“The law, according to the statement, empowers the Visitor of the University to intervene in the ongoing impasse at the institution in the interest of the school, students and the generality of Edo people”.
It also directed the Fulbright Scholar, Osadolor to immediately take over the administration of the institution towards revamping and repositioning it to become a forward looking, innovative and technology-driven institution of higher learning.
“For some time now, the institution has been brought to its knees by mismanagement and maladministration, forcing the students to remain at home, with the attendant adverse effect on their academic pursuits. This has also grounded activities in the university community, with the institution derailing from the vision of its founders”, according to the statement.
Osadolor, a Professor of History at the University of Benin, trained at the University of Hamburg, Germany and University of Ibadan.
He delivered the He also delivered the 217th inaugural lecture series of the University of Benin on June 14, 2019, titled, “Nations and national security: The historical context of security sector reform in contemporary West Africa” in UNIBEN.