ASUU Declares Pantami’s Professorship Illegal, Sanctions FUTO VC , Others

2 years ago
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has condemned the promotion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, to a professor, describing the action as illegal. 

The decision of the lecturers’ union follows the intense debate and controversy the award of professorship by the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) to the minister has generated. 

President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, made this known during a press conference after the union’s National Executive Council meeting on Monday. 

Osodeke in his statement noted that the minister’s promotion violated established procedure for the appointment of a professor in the university system. 

The ASUU President said:“From information made available to us, Dr Pantami was not qualified and he violated the established procedure for appointment of professor. We are surprised that the government still allowed him to stand. 

“You cannot be a minister and a lecturer in a university. It is an encouragement of illegality. 

“Pantami has to quit as a minister and be tried for doing double jobs within the same federal system. He is not qualified. Pantami should not be treated as a professor.” 

ASUU also said it would sanction its members involved in Pantami’s promotion including FUTO’s vice-chancellor. 

He added, “We have resolved to sanction ASUU members involved in his promotion and the VC of FUTO.’’ 


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