By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Students of Aliko Dangote College of Nursing and Midwifery in Bauchi on Monday, vehemently protested against the reappointment of the institution’s provost, Rakiya Saleh whose office tenure has been expired, saying Rakiya doesn’t deserve reappointment
The protesting students noted with dismay that the purported reappointment of the former provost was single handedly masterminded by the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government (SSG), Barrister Ibrahim Kashim Mohammed, which they argued, is not in tandem with laid down procedures establishing the college.
One of the protesting students, Fumilayo Abubakar Sani said the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government should allow the college’s overseeing Ministry of Health set the procedures for the appointment of the provost, subject to the approval of the state governor. Senator Bala Mohammed.
The students accused the SSG of high-handedness in the appointment of the college provost without necessarily following the due process to take its natural course, they therefore, kicked against the SSG directive for the college management to reappoint the former provost on acting capacity.
The College Chief Security Officer, Hamza Abubakar when sought over the incident, told the press that the students protest took him unaware when he surprisingly heard shouts of students within the institution’s premises.
He said, “Today I came to the college early in the morning and I was subsequently invited to the Ministry of Health where we had very important meeting”.
“What I actually know is that we have a provost whose tenure has expired, but she was incidentally reappointed as acting provost of the college not long after she handed the reins of office. So after the meeting I came back to the college and while I was in office, I heard the shouts of students within the premises”.
Chief Security Officer Abubakar added, “I have no prior knowledge about the protest by the students, so when I came out from office, they were all out on protest spree, but I tried controlling the situation by putting the students in one place, trying to find out from them the crust of the matter”.
“What I know about the appointment of a provost is on tenure basis, the provost tenure has expired and she has already handed over the office to the most senior in the college. However, there is the possibility to renew the appointment, as well as the need to place advert in newspapers for new appointment”.
“Based the advert placement for new appointment, applicants should apply and thereafter could be called for interview, and whoever scaled the test would be appointed as the new provost of the college”.
“What ignited the students to protest was perhaps the message the college got from the above, specifically a directive from the Secretary to the State Government, asking the management of the institution to reappoint the former provost on acting capacity”, the security chief concluded.