Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Another Round of Sacks: 13 Federal University VCs Were Sacked

Minister of Education – Mallam Adamu Adamu
3 Federal University Vice Chancellors were sacked on the second Saturday of February. This fresh round of sacks follows the ousting of 26 directors-general of government agencies, including Onyeka Onwenu.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu released a statement confirming the sacks, but did not disclose the reason why. The move has stirred protest as the VCs were tenured (i.e. they had permanent academic posts, guaranteed until retirement), and a lot of them were let go before their time

Vanguard reports,

By virtue of provisions of acts setting up various universities, the President as the visitor, in the case of federal institutions, is empowered to appoint and remove vice-chancellors on the recommendation of the boards of governing councils.

The president’s decision usually flows from the advice given by the education minister or special adviser on education.

Concerned, Coalition of Civil Society Groups wrote a protest letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, complaining that the removal of the affected vice-chancellors and their replacements did not follow due process allegedly because they failed to comply with extant laws governing the universities and provisions of the constitution. The office of Vice-chancellor has statutory standing that makes it a tenured appointment. It requires strict adherence to laid-down procedure in removing the holder.  Most of them were not allowed to complete their tenures.

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