Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi State chapter, yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The union described as dishertening the interference of the minister in the appointment of a new rector for Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi state.
They also accused the minister of imposing a university professor to be appointed as Rector of the institution against the law.
They, however, passed a vote of no confidence on the minister.
The ASUP Uwana Polytechnic Chapter Chairman, Comrade Edmund Eze Onyeneho, made the call in a briefing at the polytechnic.
He alleged that the minister wrote to the Governing Council of the institution to appoint a new rector from the university against section 7(1)-(6) of the Federal Polytechnic Act 1979 (amended 1993) which stipulates that the person to be appointed rector must be a chief lecturer.
He noted that appointment of Rectors from outside the polytechnic is one of the issues responsible for the ongoing 10-month ASUP strike.
The union also urged the National Assembly and President Jonathan to call the minister to order.
Onyeneho said that the minister was trying to rubbish the good work of the president and the critical stakeholders in the sector and called on the Governing Council to resist any intimidation from any official no matter how highly placed.
They said: “ASUP Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic demands the immediate removal of the Minister of State and Supervising Minister of Education.
“The question re-echos-why Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic only, why didn’t the minister interfere in the process of appointing rectors in Ilaro, Birnin Kebbi, Nasarawa and Mubi?
“It is disheartening, therefore, to learn that the minister is advising the Governing Council of the polytechnic to go against the law and do what is unlawful.
“Perhaps the minister is equating the sector to a political primary election where he can manoeuvre and sell tickets to the highest bidder. Please Mr Minister, academics is not politics the Nigerian way.
“We, hereby, pass a vote of no confidence on the person of the supervising minister. He should honourably resign, else Mr. President should remove him without further delay.”
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