ASUP Asks FG To Remove Five Rectors - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, March 27, 2023

ASUP Asks FG To Remove Five Rectors

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP)has asked the Federal Government to remove five rectors of the  federal polytechnics ,in compliance with the ruling of  the National Industrial Court Holden in Abuja which sacked them from their respective offices 

National President of the union, Anderson Ezeibe made the demand in a letter dated March 24, 2023 written to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on the need for government to do the needful

"The suit was instituted by our Union at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja Judicial Division before Her Lordship, Hon.Justice. A. OBASEKI-OSAGHAE following their purported appointment in 2021 as Rectors of the respective Federal Polytechnics contrary to the clear provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act (2019 Amendment)", ASUP stated in the letter

It will be recalled that the judge, Justice Obaseki Osaghae had ruled that the appointment of the five rectors namely Dr Terlumun Utser of the Federal Polytechnic, Wannune; Prof Edwin Onyeneje of the Federal Polytechnic, Ohodo; Prof Edward Okey of the Federal Polytechnic, Ugep; Dr Zakari Ya’u of the Federal Polytechnic, Shendam; and Prof Garba Ngala of the Federal Polytechnic, Mungonu were not made in accordance with the law.

"The federal polytechnics Amendment Act 2019 stipulates that to be qualified for appointment as a rector in any of the polytechnics in Nigeria, such a person shall be a Chief Lecturer and must have not less than five years of experience in any Nigerian polytechnic."

“Judgment has been delivered in the suit in agreement with our Union’s contention that the persons so appointed do not have the requisite qualification captured in the law to be so appointed amongst other declarations of the court", the union stressed. 

ASUP strongly believed that enforcement of the act would strengthen polytechnic system in the country

"This judgment is viewed by our union is one with immense benefits for the Nigeria Polytechnic System"

“In view of the foregoing, and in respect of an earlier consent judgment delivered in another suit NICN/ABJ/12/2020 (Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics vs Attorney General of the Federation and 6 Ors) where the Federal Ministry of Education undertook to ensure compliance to the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act by operators in the sector”.

The union insisted on the removal of rectors in the affected polytechnics, asking the Governing Counçils to begin the process for their replacement

“We hereby request the following: Immediate derecognition of the affected persons as Rectors of the affected"Polytechnics and a directive to the Governing Councils of the affected Polytechnics to commence the process for the appointment of new Rectors for the affected Polytechnics in accordance to the law”.

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