Story from Damilola Aina and Onyinyechi Iheanacho, Abuja
The governing council of the federal university Gashau has withdrawn the advert for the position of the new vice-chancellor following a public outburst over the decision of the board to draw out new criteria to technically rule out deserving candidates vying for the exalted seat.
It would be recalled that Neptune Prime had reported how the extant laws governing the running of the university stipulates that minimum of 5 years as a professor is required before appointing anyone as Vice-Chancellor. But the governing council deliberately chose 7 years which is the maximum just to block the chances of two other indigenous professors to emerge as VC.
A.B. Shehu, Ph.D, Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council directed that the advertisement for the position of Vice-Chancellor published on page 14 in the Daily Trust and page 18 of The Nation newspapers of Monday, August 17, 2020, be retracted. He further stated that all inconveniences caused by the publication are highly regretted.
Since the establishment of the University, an indigene of Yobe has never held the position of Vice-Chancellor, despite the abundance of qualified and capable indigenous professors, a development that is provoking many citizens of the State.
According to Malam Hassan Gimba, Neptune Prime’s publisher, “we are not being particular because they are indigenes of Yobe, no, but we want to ensure fairness and justice which is one of the core ethics in Journalism and that there should be a level playing field for all irrespective of where they come from so that the best can emerge”.