Yekini Jimoh in Lokoja
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) has commended the management of the Federal University of Lokoja for appointing Professor Makanjuola Osagbemi as the new deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university after following the due process.
The committee, an umbrella body of all unions in the university, said this in a statement issued in Lokoja and signed by the Chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Mr. AjaoAbdulhakeem. Other member unions are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists of Universities (NAAT). The group expressed displeasure over the position of a non-governmental organisation, Concerned Citizens for Education Development (CCED) that the appointment was done without recourse to due process, insisting that the appointment was in order. “The appointment of the new deputy vice-chancellor actually followed the required procedure.
“The university senate at its 32nd extraordinary meeting held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 conducted an election between two nominees for the position of deputy vice-chancellor and thereafter recommended the winner of the election to the governing council for ratification.
The recommendation was subsequently ratified by the second council at its meeting on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.” According to the statement, the group also took exception to the attempt by CCED to castigate the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Angela Freeman-Miri over the appointment, describing her as a stickler for rules and regulations.
“The vice-chancellor has taken practical steps to address past administrative infractions brought to her attention by staff unions in the university and should therefore be commended for her efforts.”