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KWASU: Gov Ahmed Followed Due Process in Ag.Vc Appointment - Alikinla

Kwara State Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abdullahi Alikinla 

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed acted within the law setting up Kwara State University (KWASU) in directing Professor Abdulrasheed Naalah, the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, to proceed on terminal leave and appointing Professor Kenneth Adeyemi to replace him in an acting capacity.

The state Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Abdullahi Alikinla, who stated this on Tuesday in Ilorin, said Governor Ahmed was fully compliant with the power conferred on him as the Visitor to KWASU in asking Prof. Naalah to proceed on terminal leave since his tenure expires in July 2019.

He said this was in keeping with academic practice which mandates incumbent Vice Chancellors to embark on such leave within 90 days to the end of their tenure.

Alikinla quoted from the Kwara State University Law 2009 (as amended) to buttress his point.

”Section 9 states that the Vice-Chancellor may be removed from office by the Visitor for good cause after consultation with the council”.

Elaborating further, the commissioner stressed that Governor Ahmed followed due process by consulting with the University’s council members including its Chairman, Prof Saka Nuhu, Alhaji Kola Yusuf, Alhaji Oba Aluko Abdulqadir, Mrs Ikeoluwa Orunmuyi, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Baba Wahab,  among others, prior to appointing Prof. Adeyemi to replace the outgoing Vice Chancellor.

Alikinla urged to the public to ignore fake social media stories claiming the University’s council dissociated itself from the government’s actions, stressing the University’s Council Chairman, Prof. Nuhu has since informed the government that he neither authorised nor authored the statement wrongly credited to him in the media.

The commissioner further emphasised that the series of false claims about KWASU that are currently circulating on social media is intended to cause public disaffection and should be disregarded.

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