Aug 24, 2013 News
A Special Committee has been established to review the relationship between University of Guyana (UG)’s two campuses, in light of Professor Daizal Samad citing the lack of autonomy as one of his reasons for resigning as Director of the Berbice Campus.
This is according to Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament, during a press conference yesterday at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Hadfield Street.
Dr. Roopnaraine, who is also a member of the University’s Council, said the Council has accepted Samad’s resignation and from the findings of the Committee, appropriate action would be taken.
In a letter dated July 4, Samad informed Pro-Chancellor Dr. Prem Misir and the UG Council that his resignation would be effected on October 4, 2013. He stated that relations between him and the new Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Jacob Opadeyi have become strained and distant over the past weeks. He also spoke of “dead weight” at the Turkeyen Campus, and accused that facility of “dictating” the day-to-day running of the Berbice Campus.
Samad has said that he is under attack, much of which has become “personal.”
“The situation is impossible. I can’t work. I am not being allowed to work!” I’ve been cussed down on the phone. I am talking about all the ‘F’ and ‘S’—all of it. ‘Do so and so or we will fire you!’”
Samad said that after Opadeyi’s appointment earlier in the year, he was very optimistic that UG would have turned around for the better, “but none of it has worked.”
However, Samad’s complaints of what he saw as highly negative attacks would not be examined.
According to Dr. Roopnaraine, Samad’s complaints were of two kinds – personal attacks on him that made his life difficult as Administrator and the other had to do with the lack of autonomy. He said the Committee would only be looking at the latter.
Dr. Roopnarine said there are issues in relation to the Berbice Campus and its relationship with the Turkeyen Campus. The Committee would have to work out how much autonomy Berbice Campus should have and promote proper relations between the two campuses.
According to Dr. Roopnaraine, the Council will be advertising to fill the vacancy in a very transparent manner as was done for the appointment of Opadeyi.
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