ABTU ASUU dissociates with Pantami’s ‘professorship’
FUTO ASUU Hails IT
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, ATBU, Bauchi branch, has dissociated itself from the congratulatory message on the controversial promotion of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami to the position of a professor by the Federal University of Technology, FUTO, Owerri.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Muhammad Abdul’azeez had congratulated the minister on behalf of the university after he was promoted to the position of a professor.
Chairman of the union, Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, said: “The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ATBU Bauchi branch wishes to unequivocally state that on no occasion were the critical stakeholders, such as the Senate and the congregation of ATBU, Bauchi consulted for such congratulatory letter despite the controversies surrounding the appointment.
“It is our affirmation that we are not a party to such decision by the Vice Chancellor of ATBU.
“From all indications, the entire exercise was shrouded in inadequacies; diligent due process was not followed.
“Every requirement was jettisoned. It is total disregard to academic excellence,” he said.
Reacting to Pantami’s ‘vindication’ after an investigation by FUTO’s branch of ASUU, he said that their report left many questions unanswered.
He added: “The report is shrouded with a lot of inadequacies because all the relevant questions have not been answered by the report, and this has cast doubts in the minds of people about the veracity of that report.”
On the other hand, A probe panel set up by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Federal University of Technology, Owerri chapter, has said due process was followed by the governing council and the management of the university in the appointment of the Minister of Communication, Isa Pantami, as a Professor of Cybersecurity.
The five-man panel which was inaugurated on September 22, 2021, in its report sighted by our correspondent on Sunday said it interacted with some stakeholders including the University Registrar and the immediate past Chairman, Committee of Deans, among others.
The panel which included Profs M. S. Nwakaudu, G.A. Anyanwu, C. E. Orji, O.P. Onyewuchi and T. I. N. Ezejiofor, said the advertisement for academic and academic support staff vacancies in FUTO for the positions of Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer appeared in two newspapers on September 21, 2020 and September 22, 2020 respectively.
“The panel strongly recommends that the university management should as a matter of urgency take appropriate actions, including legal action, against those who deliberately try to drag the image and reputation of FUTO to the mud,” the report partly reads.