February 22, 2024

Group Faults NAPS Over Polytechnic Act For Appointing Rector

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….says Msc holders eligible, not Professors for Rectors in Polytechnic

By Simeon OSAJIE

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A group known as Edo Professionals against Injustice (EPI) has described as primitive and unacceptable the false claims by the National Association of Polytechnic Students, (NAPS), that the Federal Government no longer accept M.Sc holders but Professors and Ph.D holders as Rectors in all the Polytechnic institutions in Nigeria.

Convener of the Professional Colleagues against Injustice,  Arch. Justin Edosa said the online publication on the recent interview for the appointment of a Rector in Auchi Polytechnic is total falsehood and misinformation capable of misleading members of the public on the prerequisites for appointment of rector in Nigeria polytechnics.

He said the author of the said article is an impostor based in Kaduna and being sponsored by one of the contestants for the office who had earlier left the Polytechnic under very questionable circumstances. 

“The attention of our group has been drawn to an online publication on the recent interview for the appointment of a Rector in Auchi Polytechnic.  The author of the said article is an impostor based in Kaduna and being sponsored by one of the contestants for the office who had earlier left the Polytechnic under very questionable circumstances.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, the Polytechnic  Act is against appointment of Professors for the Polytechnic Sector. Section 8:2(1) states “the qualifications of  the persons who may apply for the post, which shall be a Chief Lecturer in the Polytechnic  sector with at least five years experience on that position among other criteria.  The possession of a PH.d is not stated in the aforementioned Polytechnic Act,” Edosa opined.

Arch. Edosa called on the Federal Government and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to do the needful and ensure that the best man for the job is picked particularly as the institution has witnessed unprecedented peace and harmonious co-existence under  leadership of a former acting  rector whose pedigree is top notch.

He said that the Joint Unions on campus are desirous of having a credible and tested candidate and not a person of questionable character as a substantive Rector.

The National Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, had on Thursday, commended the Federal Government on the promulgation of the Polytechnic Act in Nigeria, alleging that the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal Government will no longer accept Msc holders but Professors and PhD holders to be appointed as Rectors in all the Polytechnic institutions in Nigeria.

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