Friday, January 1, 2016

Fear grips VCs, Rectors over visitation panels’ reports 

Fear has gripped many Vice-Chancellors and Rectors of tertiary institutions over the outcome of the visitation panels raised by the Federal Government to investigate series of complaints and allegations against them.
Their apprehension was due to the way the panels conducted their business because they avoided any interaction with the leaderships of the tertiary institutions being investigated.
Unlike before, the committees did not stay much on ground. Rather, after their sittings, members left the campuses to avoid contacts.
Following series of petitions and allegations against some VCs and Rectors, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, constituted 10 panels to visit the affected institutions to ascertain the veracity of the claims.
The tertiary institutions visited by the panels include Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, University of Uyo,  Akwa Ibom State, Federal University, Dustima, Federal University, Kashere, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Calabar, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Federal Polytechnic, Oko in Anambra State and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos.
Adamu said his ministry had been flooded with several petitions, some of which needed to be substantiated before any action is taken.
Daily Sun gathered that the panels adopted a novel method of recording the proceedings and presentations of parties when those accused made appearance.
The new approach adopted by the committees made some Vice Chancellors, Rectors and management uncomfortable. Investigations revealed that the committees avoided any interaction.
At YABATECH, those who petitioned against the Rector, Dr. Margaret Ladipo alleged mismanagement and sack of staff appeared before the panel to substantiate their claims.
The institution’s three staff unions also appeared before the Prof Awopetu-led committee and that management was said not to be happy with the presentation of one of the unions. Immediately after the appearance of those concerned, the committee left the college to prepare its report.
At Umudike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and some staff appeared to substantiate their petition and their appearance was recorded like in other institutions.
One of ASUU leaders at Umudike told Daily Sun that as soon the minister inaugurated the panel, the union prepared documents and other things to prove its allegations against the VC. He said they were happy their presentation was recorded and expected ed the committee to do justice to the issues raised.
A senior staff of YABATECH who doesn’t want to be named, said the management was not happy with the appearance of the reinstated bursar who sent the major petition against the Rector.                                Source: The Sun

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