KWASU shut down, as group faults governors appointments
The authorities of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, yesterday shut down the institution indefinitely.
The decision, according to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Sakah Mahmud, was a precautionary measure against outbreak of hostilities.
“Staff and students should leave the university quietly and ensure the safety of property and life. KWASU does not want any situation in which the ongoing temporary crisis, which would be safely and easily resolved by the grace of God, leads to the loss of any life,” Mahmud stated.
The development is the latest twist in a controversy between the university and the state government.
Citing “a relevant law” of the institution, the government had sent the vice chancellor, Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, on compulsory leave and announced the appointment of an acting vice chancellor. The move, however, drew condemnation from the chairman of the governing council, students’ leaders and some members of staff.
Students had reportedly issued a 24-hour ultimatum to government to rescind its decision.
Meanwhile, Accountable Leadership For Better Nigeria Initiative (ALBNI) has criticised the state government’s “appointments into key offices barely three weeks to the end of the Abdulfatah Ahmed administration.”
It alleged: “The executive and the legislature are working in an unholy alliance to erect booby traps for the incoming administration.”
In a statement signed by its Executive Director (Sensitisation), Remi Adebayo, yesterday, the group said the appointment “smacks of executive recklessness. The incumbent vice chancellor’s tenure runs till July 27, 2019. Why the haste?”
It also described as “most laughable” the “birth of the contraption named Kwara State House of Assembly Service Commission,” wondering why for 16 years, the Saraki-Ahmed government was not interested in a service commission until now.
The group advised the incoming Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman government to “disregard the shenanigans of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and remain focused on its mandate and determination to provide good governance for Kwarans.”