The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kano zone has
decried the abuse of due process in appointment of vice
chancellors by visitors to the universities in the country.
This was contained in a statement yesterday by the zonal
coordinator, Kano zone Dr. Rabiu Nasiru at the end of a zonal
meeting in Kaduna which described the trend as dangerous and a
attack on university autonomy.
“The zone notes with shock, dismay and total disbelief, the extent
to which some governors, who are visitors to their universities,
go about in flagrant violation of the laws establishing their
universities and process of the appointment of vice chancellors in
recent times.
“This trend started with Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma and has
now reared its head in Rivers state university of Science and
Technology (RSUST), Kano state University of Science and
Technology (KUST), Kaduna state University (KASU), Imo state
University, Owerri (IMSU) and host of others,” he stressed.
Nasiru said the violation include refusal to constitute Governing
Councils of the universities in order to pave way for arbitrariness
by the visitors, VCs and acting VCs.
He emphasized that the case of RSUST is most alarming and
synonymous to destroying the very existence of the university
system.
“The current VC of the university, Professor B. B. Fakea was
illegally appointed to serve for a term after which he contested
again and came last among the five applicants interviewed and yet
he was reappointed illegally by the visitor, Governor Rotimi
Ameachi.

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