The National Association of Unwana Undergraduates (NAUUG) has cautioned Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP) Poly Unwana Chapter, against disrupting the peace of Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, in their attempt to enthrone their candidate as the next Rector of the Institution.
Secretary General of NAUUG, Comrade, Chris Ifeanyi Osuu gave the warning in response to a press statement credited to the Chairman of Poly Unwana Chapter of ASUP, Dr. Edmund Ezeh Onyeneho.
Dr Onyeneho had issued a press statement on April 19, 2014 calling for the removal of the Supervising Minister of Education, Barr. Nyelsom Wike on his attempt to appoint a university professor to take over from the present rector Prof. Francis Otunta, whose second tenure will end by June, 2014. Onyeheho had insisted that the next rector of the polytechnic must be a chief lecturer from polytechnic system.
Reacting to the statement, the NAUUG Secretary said Onyeneho and his gang were hiding under the umbrella of ASUP to pursue their selfish agenda using the Polytechnic Act as a cover. He questioned the rationality of invoking the Polytechnic Act in Poly Unwana when many Polytechnics in the country are headed by visionary university professors.
He listed some of the Polytechnics under the leadership of professors to include: Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Federal Polytechnic, Ibadan, Kogi state Polytechnic, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Ondo state, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, Kano State Polytechnic, among others.
“Dr. Onyeneho and his ASUP might have forgotten or are apparently unaware that the incumbent rector, Prof. Otunta, his predecessor, Prof. Zak O. Obanu were not chief lecturers in the school before they were appointed. Under the watch of Onyeneho, Prof. Otunta served his two tenures without any complaint from ASUP, why did Onyeheho and his cohorts choose to make trouble now in a polytechnic that has been enjoying peace since its inception?”, he queried.
Comrade Osuu revealed that the Poly Unwana witnessed the worst retrogression in its history when Mr. Godwin Ikechukwu Amasiatu, a Chief lecturer from the school, was the rector.
Further, he disclosed that the protest of Dr.Onyeneho and his group were informed by their fear that the Minister of Education might replace the outgoing rector with a university professor who would not tolerate their excesses, including intimidation and compulsory sales of substandard textbooks to students.
He advised Onyeneho’s ASUP to channel their efforts to pursuing academic excellence and better infrastructure for the polytechnic instead of chasing after their parochial interest which would endure the reign of impunity and dilapidation in the institution to the detriment of students.
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