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Auchi Polytechnic: Group Calls For Due Process In Appointment Of substantive Rector

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Alhaji Oshiobugie Danjuma convener, Alliance for the Advancement of Auchi Polytechnic, has called for due process in the appointment of a substantive rector for the polytechnic.

Danjuma made the call in Benin on Sunday in a statement he made available to newsmen.

He said the call became necessary to avoid taking the polytechnic back to the “dark days.”

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Danjuma further explained that the appointment of a rector with the right requisite would place the first generation polytechnic in a pole position for its planned upgrade to a University.

He said the issue that had caused the dichotomy between the Polytechnic and University must also be considered.

“The authority must try to avoid the issues that have brought about the acrimony between the polytechnic and University graduates in the appointment of a substantive rector in Auchi polytechnic,” he stated.

He particularly noted that subverting the most qualified person for the rectorship position would not augur well for the nation’s foremost polytechnic.

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According to him, “We are aware that interview for the appointment of a substantive Rector for the Polytechnic has been conducted and we are also aware that there are Master degrees and Phd holders that were interviewed for the position.

“Our position is that it will be out of place to appoint a Master degree holder as substantive rector when you have qualified Phd holders. Doing that will not alllow the polytechnics to compete favourably with the Universities.

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“Again, the case of Auchi polytechnic should not be any different in the country where all rectors are all Phd holders.

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“We however need to reiterate here that we are for nobody or anybody, we are only out for the right thing to be done for the betterment of the institution that have been recognised and acknowledged as a first generation polytechnic in the country.

“Moreover, the plan upgrading of the polytechnic, which bill had received the nod of the National Assembly (NASS), must not be jeopardised just to satisfy some few persons.”

 

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AAU Sacks Lecturers Over Alleged Misconduct

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The authorities of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State has sacked four lecturers from the institution over alleged misconduct.

The university, it was gathered, acted upon the recommendation of a Special Intervention Team (SIT) who considered a report of the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC).

It was further gathered that the team at an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, recommended that the lecturers should be sacked from offering services to the institution.

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Edward Aihevba, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the sack of the lecturers, said “Yes, the four lecturers were dismissed for gross misconduct.

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Auchi Poly Rectorship: ASUP Chairman Under Fire Over Alleged Endorsement Of Candidate

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Chairman, Auchi Polytechnic chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Mr Lawani Jimoh, has reportedly tendered an apology for not consulting members of the union before his endorsement of a particular candidate for the vacant position of rector of the nation’s polytechnic.

Jiomh was said to have regretted his action during a congress of the union which took place on Friday at the Polytechnic New Auditorium, Campus 1

In the tension soaked congress, members of the union reportedly questioned motive of the ASUP chairman for the endorsement without the congress approval and demanded for a retraction of the purported endorsement.

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The members subsequently demanded for an outright apology from the chairman on the matter and cautioned him on future occurrence.

Without argument, Jimoh rose and tendered unreserved apology to the congress.

Recall that position of the polytechnic rector had been vacant following the demise of the rector, Dr Sunny Jimah, in November 2020.

It was gathered that following the advertisement on the vacant position, six persons were shortlisted (four internal and two external) for interview that had since been conducted to fill the vacant position.

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However, it was alleged that the chairman of the union took side with one of the internal candidates and wrote a letter of endorsement in favour of the particular candidate to President Muhammadu Buhari.

This triggered some form of protest from other candidates, who are also members of the institution’s chapter of the ASUP.

It would also be recalled that a group under the aegis of Alliance for the Advancement of Auchi Polytechnic, had on several occasions, harped on the need for due process to be followed in the appointment of a substantive rector for the polytechnic.

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The convener of the group, Alhaji Oshiobugie Danjuma, had stated that this would help to avoid taking the polytechnic back to the “dark days.”

Danjuma had explained that the appointment of a rector with the right requisite would place the first generation polytechnic in a pole position for its planned upgrade to a University.

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UNIBEN’s VC Reveals How She Made Up Shortage Of Lecturers

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Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has disclosed that in order to make up for the shortages of teaching staff in the institution, 300 non teaching staff were trained and converted into teaching staff.

She made the disclosure during a media parley with Journalists in Benin City.

Prof. Salami who said part of the challenges confronting the institution is lack of manpower, noted that the Federal Government has not lifted the embargo on employment but that the school has been able to train and convert 300 of its non teaching staff to teaching staff to augument the shortfall.

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While speaking on the alleged rape case of a female student in the institution, she said the case has been reported to the police and that it is left for them to come out with their findings.

She, however, noted that the management of the institution was particular about the aspect of forcefully locking up the female student by the lecturer.

She vowed that when the police are done with their findings and the result is out, actions taken against the lecturer would be made public.

Also on the gully erosion ravaging the institution, she said if urgent action was not taken, in the next rainy season, the institution might loss some of its buildings to it.

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She said the state government and the World Bank had officiallyvisited the site, just as she said that plans are on top gear to also bring the issue before the presidency.

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On the issue of powering the university with light, she said the university is working on its power plant to produce electricity for the institution.

She said the project supposed to have been completed but that the contractor provided already used transformer as new one to installed in the Institution but was rejected by the institution.

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