The Federal Government has sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 Federal Universities that were established by the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellors of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Vincent Tenebe.
Their sudden removal was announced via a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and issued today in Abuja.
The statement go reason for the action but simply said that President Muahammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities.
According to the statement, the NOUN VC was replaced with Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Prof. Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.
A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who was said to be on sabbatical in NOUN, is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Prof. Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as its new VC; Prof. Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is the now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.
A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.
Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, has been elevated to the position of VC of the institution.
A lecturer in the Department of Physics, Federal University, Lafia, Prof. Muhammad Sanusi Liman, will henceforth be the VC of same institution.
For Prof. Angela Freeman Miri of the Linguistics Department, UNIJOS, is the new VC of Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State, now has Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba of the Post-Graduate School, Imo State University, Owerri, as its VC, while Prof. Seth Accra Jaja of the Department of Management, University of Port Harcourt, is now the VC of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State.