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ASUU rejects advert for Danfodio varsity VC, other positions

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The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto Chapter has rejected the advertisement for the institution’s Vice Chancellor and other positions.

The Branch Chairman and Secretary, Prof. Nuruddeen Almustapha and Dr. Shu’aibu Sadiku, revealed this on Friday.

In a statement they made available, they described the Federal Government’s decision to cancel the miscellaneous provisions in the university system as undermining the principles of transparency, equity and merit-based selection of university principal officers.

According to the union, the dissolution of the University Governing Council and the arbitrary dissolution of all Federal University Governing councils in June 2023 by the National Universities Commission undermined the established procedures and autonomy of these institutions.

ASUU said: “Unauthorized advertisement of vacancies for the offices of the vice chancellors and other Principal Officers in federal universities also violates proper procedures and threatens the integrity and academic freedom of Nigeria’s public universities.

“It has flagrantly violated section III, subsections I and II of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1993.”

The union explained that university law distinctly delineates the composition, roles and dissolution procedures of the University Governing Councils.

It said: “It also prescribes the protocol in the event of Council’s absence, particularly regarding the appointment of principal officers. At no point does the law transfer the council’s functions to the Minister or the Visitor.

“ASUU-UDUS urgently calls on the President Bola Tunubu, the Minister of Education, and other critical stakeholders to as a matter of urgency and necessity to reconstitute the Governing Councils of public universities.

“This step is crucial for universities to operate legally and smoothly, aligning with the provisions of the law.

“It will uphold the autonomy and independence of universities by adhering to established procedures and safeguarding their integrity.

“Investigate all manners of violations of the Law in the recent actions taken by various universities in the absence of the government councils.”

The union urged all stakeholders to  support the autonomy and integrity of public universities for the “betterment of our educational system and the future of our nation”.

NAN reports that the NUC had on June 22, 2023 announced the dissolution of governing councils of all federal universities and boards of other agencies and parastatals in the country.

The NUC directive was based on a similar one issued three days earlier by President Tinubu ordering the dissolution of the boards of all government parastatals, agencies and companies.

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