A group, the Concerned Citizens for Educational Development, has urged the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to recall the 13 federal universities’ vice-chancellors whose appointments were recently terminated.
In a statement on Sunday by its National Coordinator, Solomon Adodo, CCED said it was surprise that that the dismissed vice chancellors had not been recalled despite a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to that effect.
The group accused the education minister of “unwittingly usurping the power of the President,” by “tacitly” refusing to recalled the sacked VCs.
“We are however dismayed and befuddled that the Minister of Education – who is an appointee of the President – has chosen to misinterpret Mr. President’s statement and turned a deaf ear on the directive by Mr. President that the whole imbroglio of sack/removal and replacement/appointment be reversed.
“This is quite unhealthy for our educational system and the apparatchik of governance as a whole,” it said.
CCED said it recalled that most of the affected vice chancellors served as Returning Officers in the 2015 general elections and deserved to be treated as heroes of “our thriving democracy” because they refused to compromise and allow the election to be rigged.
“As such, these patriots should not be maltreated with such actions as have been meted out to them by the Minister of Education.
It warned against turning the universities into “a fiefdom of political compensation, where autocracy prevails.”
It called for the implementation of the president standing rule that “vice chancellors cannot be removed or appointed without recourse to the Governing Council.”
CCED urged the education minister to “refrain forthwith from flouting the good intentions of Mr. President for our educational system,”
It said, “He (Adamu) should in consonance and obedient compliance to Mr. President immediately recall the hitherto sacked vice chancellors. Anything to the contrary will be seen as brazen contempt for Mr. President and also an attempt to introduce autocracy and politicking into our universities in an era when autonomy and merit should be the prevailing order.”