Prof. Charles Esimone, new Vice Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University has assumed office with a warning that non-productive staff of the university would be laid off if they fail to improve.
The new VC, who spoke during an elaborate handover ceremony at the auditorium of the institution warned that such staff would be shown the way out of the school.
He warned the staff of the university to sit up as his administration would not condone untoward practices, especially towards students or any form of compromise in duty.
“I am coming into this job with a vision primed on promoting the highest standard of academic excellence, productive community service, administrative reforms, discipline and advancies in matrix of human capacity building, infrastructural development and students/staff welfare.
“There will be zero tolerance for plagiarism, sexual harassment and inducement. A mechanism will be put in place to identify and punish culprits accordingly.
“Productivity will be required of every staff; non-performing staff will be declared redundant and could be shown the way out if they do not turn a new leaf. Productivity bonus will not be mandatory; it will have to be earned,” he stated.
Prof. Esimone urged lecturers to see students as their clients and shun all forms of oppresive actions against them as such woulf not be allowed.