By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Academy Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH chapter is at loggerhead over the appointment of the Vice Chancelllor for the state-ownes institution.They also vowed to cripple academic activities if due process was not followed in appointing a new Vice Chancellor for the institution.
Briefing newsmen in Calabar, Chairman of ASUU, CRUTECH chapter, Com. Emmanuel Ettah, said the time of the current Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Akon Monday Joshua, will come to an end on , November 7, 2019.
He added that five (5) names have been submitted by the institution’s Governing Council ,to the Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, who is Visitor to the institution.
Furthemore,r he revelaed that there was a grand plot to appoint an Acting Vice Chancellor outside the 5 names submitted to Governor Ayade stressing that all student’s exam scripts have been returned to the VC office until a new Acting VC takes over.student’s examination scripts, including the final year would not be marked if the Government fails to follow due process.
Said he:”On Thursday 7 November, 2019 will be 6 Months when the acting VC, Prof. Akon Monday Joshua was appointed to pilot the affairs of the University. Before then, the counsel was not constituted. But a month ago, the council was newly constituted led by Dr. Emil Inyang.
The government appointees, Senate elected members, Admission elected members and convocation elected members are the people that constituted the Governing Council. But the time was too short for the counsel to advertise for the position of Vice Chancellor since it requires at least 6 weeks to advertise.
The tenure of the Acting VC will be expiring on Thursday, 7th of November, 2019. By law, she cannot continue and neither be reappointed.
“There’ is a procedure to appoint an acting VC and the procedure is that the University Senate through management and council will recommende a few professors to the Governing council for onward forwarding to His Excellency, the Visitor.
Five names have been forwarded and we are on the know from a reliable information that the Visitor want to appoint an Acting VC outside that list. And that would be a breach to the University Miscellaneous Act 2003.”
.”Our action as a union is not to oppose Government, but to inform the Government that due process is involved and should be followed through in appointing a Vice Chancellor.”.”
“So the union feels that if that is done, the Autonomy of the University as entrenched in the constitution and as entrenched in the 2009 agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria will be eroded and that might lead to litigation,, he said”.
When contacted , the Special Adviser Media & Pubicity to Governor Ayade ,Mr Christian Ita said” it was a mere speculations and rumor on the,part of ASUU”.