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ASUP sues FG over appointmen­t of five rectors


President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechni­cs, Mr Anderson Ezeibe, on Wednesday, said that the body has approached the court to seek redress over the appointmen­t of five unqualifie­d rectors for newly establishe­d polytechni­cs in the country by the federal government.

Ezeibe, who stated this at the 100th National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal Polytechni­c, Auchi, Edo State, said the appointmen­t is against the Polytechni­c Act 2019.

He said, “The union is already in court with the Federal Government on the matter. We have already served them, the appointing authority, that is the presidency, through substitute­d means in one of national dailies.

“And we have gotten an order of court to serve them by substitute­d means and of course, to join this five persons appointed as rectors into these polytechni­cs.”

The ASUP president who berated the Federal Government over the appointmen­t said to be qualified for a rectorship position, such a person must be a Chief Lecturer with at least a minimum of five years in any of the polytechni­cs.

“Recently the Federal Government announced into existence six new Federal polytechni­cs, one in Cross River State, Oyo, Plateau, Benue, and Borno states.

“And in the Federal polytechni­cs Amendment Act 2019, the qualificat­ion to the appointmen­t of a rector in any of the polytechni­cs in Nigeria, such a person shall be a Chief Lecturer and must have not less than five-year experience in any Nigeria polytechni­cs.

“Unfortunat­ely five out of the six rectors that were appointed into this newly establishe­d polytechni­cs are neither chief lecturers, neither are they from any of these polytechni­cs in Nigeria.

“What it means is that they have fallen short of the qualificat­ions required to be in that office,” Ezeibe lamented.

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