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ASUP demands sacking of five new rectors, alleges they’re unqualifie­d

- Adeyinka Adedipe, Benin

THe President of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechni­cs, Mr Anderson ezeibe, on

Wednesday said the body had 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 spoke during the 100th National executive Council meeting held at the Federal Polytechni­c, Auchi, edo State, said the appointmen­t was 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 these five persons appointed as rectors into these polytechni­cs.”

The ASUP president, who berated the Federal Government over the appointmen­t, explained that to be qualified as a rector, 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 in Cross River State, Oyo, Plateau, Benue and Borno states.

“Unfortunat­ely, five out of the six rectors that were appointed into this newly establishe­d polytechni­cs are neither chief lecturers nor from any polytechni­cs in Nigeria.

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

He also called on the edo State Government to pay five months salary arrears owed the workers of edo State Polytechni­c, Usen.

The edo State Deputy Governor, Philips Shaibu, who was represente­d by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Jimoh Ijegbai, said the government was aware of the lingering labour issues at the edo Polytechni­c, saying adequate steps were being taken to address it.

The Rector of the Federal Polytechni­c, Auchi, Mustapha Zubair, urged the union to choose dialogue in pursuing its agitation, adding that the just concluded strike by the union yielded positive result following the release of N15bn for the developmen­t of oolytechni­cs in Nigeria.

 ??  ?? • L-R: Inaugural lecturer, Prof. Adewale Dipeolu; Dean, College of Agricultur­al Management and Rural Developmen­t, Federal University of Agricultur­e, Abeokuta, Prof. Emmanuel Fakoya; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors of the institutio­n, Prof. Mufutau Atayese; Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production, Prof. Clement Adeofun; and Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Developmen­t), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-ale, during the 66th inaugural lecture of the university in Abeokuta, Ogun State... on Wednesday. Photo: FUNAAB
• L-R: Inaugural lecturer, Prof. Adewale Dipeolu; Dean, College of Agricultur­al Management and Rural Developmen­t, Federal University of Agricultur­e, Abeokuta, Prof. Emmanuel Fakoya; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Directors of the institutio­n, Prof. Mufutau Atayese; Dean, College of Plant Science and Crop Production, Prof. Clement Adeofun; and Deputy Vice Chancellor, (Developmen­t), Prof. Bolanle Akeredolu-ale, during the 66th inaugural lecture of the university in Abeokuta, Ogun State... on Wednesday. Photo: FUNAAB

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