As the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, deals with his new status as non-graduate of Abia State University, Uturu (ABSU) following the withdrawal of his degree certificate in Government and Public Administration, the state government yesterday said it had no involvement in the scandal.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dr. Eze Chikamnayo, absolved government from the action of ABSU Senate which had on Friday revoked Kalu’s certificate, saying the authorities of the state owned university does not take orders from the government.
He told a press conference that Kalu was wrong to have linked government to his ordeal thereby undermining ABSU’s status as an independent institution which handles its affairs through its administrative machinery devoid of government interference. Chikamnayo, who reacted angrily to the former governor allegation that ABSU Senate merely acted a written script by government, advised Kalu to sort out the matter with the university authorities and if he deemed it necessary should seek legal redress instead of waging a smear campaign against the government.
He insisted that ABSU Senate, comprising men and women of integrity and well experienced professionals in various fields, took its action based on the extant laws governing the institution, which was violated in the admission and award of degree certificate to Kalu.
Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner has also debunked the claims that Kalu’s aide, Pastor Chukwudi Okoroafor, escaped assassination attempt at the gate of Kalu’s Camp Neya Estate at Igbere.