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ASUU’s Strong Condemnation of Illicit Recruitment Practices at FUT Minna

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Expressing grave concerns, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has strongly criticized the management of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State for allegedly resorting to unethical recruitment tactics that undermine the integrity of academic appointments.

In a press statement issued in Minna, Niger State, Professor Gbolahan Bolarin, the chairman of ASUU at FUT Minna, highlighted the university administration’s blatant disregard for due process and encroachment on academic autonomy.

Bolarin raised alarm over the manipulation of recruitment procedures, accusing the university management of transforming academic appointments into tools for political gains, a trend that is both concerning and inappropriate.

He disclosed an example where a senator, represented by his Senior Legislative Aide (SLA), publicly flaunted employment letters of two individuals who allegedly benefitted from the irregular recruitment process, deemed as a constituency project.

Concerned about the collaboration between the university administration, politicians, and staff of the Accountant General Office (specifically IPPIS) in compromising the integrity of academic appointments, Bolarin emphasized the role of ASUU in upholding academic independence, transparency, and merit at FUT Minna.

Emphasizing the university’s duty to safeguard academic integrity, Bolarin urged all stakeholders to take corrective actions to avert disharmony within the institution, asserting that ASUU will not tolerate the degradation of the university into a secondary-level institution due to compromised academic standards.

He called upon the university management to prioritize adherence to established recruitment guidelines and respect for academic autonomy.

The ASUU chairman condemned the illegal recruitment practices and interference with university autonomy at FUT Minna, stressing the urgent need for intervention.

Citing the absence of governing councils in federal universities as a contributing factor to such infractions, Bolarin demanded the immediate reinstatement of governing councils across all campuses.

ASUU reaffirmed its dedication to defending the interests of academic staff and upholding the integrity of the Nigerian university system, urging all Nigerians to unite in preserving the autonomy and reputation of universities nationwide.

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