The paramount ruler of the Tiv people worldwide, Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, has been appointed as Chancellor of the Abia State University, Uturu in Abia state.
Daily Trust gathered that in a letter which conveyed the appointment to the royal father, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, stated that his consideration for the position was in appreciation of the clout and exposure of Ayatse in the country.
In a statement signed by Special Assistant to Tor Tiv on Media, Freddie Adamgbe, he indicated that the Abia governor felicitated with the monarch on behalf of the people of his state, adding that the appointment took effect from December 1st, 2018.
Similarly, the statement noted that the Vice Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Uche Ikonne, on behalf of the University Senate and indeed the entire university community expressed gratitude over the appointment.
It also emphasised that the university has reposed high confidence to benefit from Ayatse’s wealth of experience in university administration given his track records as Vice Chancellor Emeritus.
Prof Ikonne, according to the statement, disclosed that the governor and visitor to the university has approved January 19, 2019 for the 206th convocation ceremony of the institution which will start with the installation of the Tor Tiv as the new chancellor.
Responding to his appointment, the Tor Tiv expressed gratitude to the Almighty God and thanked the governor of Abia state and the university community for the recognition and honour.
Ayatse promised to use his wealth of experience and exposure in university administration as well as public service to positively affect the fortunes of the Abia institution as he added that the honour done him was to the entire Tiv populace and Benue state at large.
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