Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has critised President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing the former Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU), Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah as Vice Chancellor , University of Abuja, describing it as promotion for corruption.
In a release jointly signed by the University of Ibadan Chairman of the Union, Professor Deji Omole and the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator, Dr Ade Adejumo, ASUU stated that the appointment of Prof. Na’allah who was indicted by a visitation panel, makes a mockery of the fight against corruption by the Buhari administration .
They maintained that the 2016 report of the visitation panel set up under Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara State indicted Professor Na’Allah in financial recklessness, maladministration and abuse of due process as entrenched in the university laws.
According to ASUU, du while the tenure of Abdulrasheed Na’Allah has resumed in University of Abuja as Vice Chancellor even though his tenure in Kwara State University ends on July 27.
ASUU said it has observed that no matter how grievous the offence of anyone close to the presidency is, such a person is further rewarded with federal appointment or treated with kid gloves thereby entrenching corruption and impunity.
According to the ASUU chieftains, empowering indicted persons with political offices rubbishes the fight against corruption and will only encourage people to be corrupt since there is a reward of higher offices awaiting them.
“A government that claims to be fighting corruption is protecting people alleged for corruption and compensating them with appointment. Example is the case of KWASU vice chancellor, who was indicted by the visitation panel, set up by the Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed administration. The white paper recommendations was not implemented and suppressed by politicians. Now, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has now appointed the same person as the Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja. He has even resumed while his tenure is yet to lapse in KWASU thereby occupying two Vice chancellorship seats, ” ASUU said