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‘He is not qualified’: ASUU declares Pantami’s FUTO professorship ‘illegal’

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has slammed the promotion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, as a professor.

The Union at a press briefing after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting said it is impossible to “be a minister and a lecturer in a university. It is an encouragement of illegality”.

Addressing the press, ASUU chairman, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, noted; “Pantami has to quit as a minister and be tried for doing double jobs within the same federal system. He is not qualified. Pantami should not be treated as a professor.”

Recall, Pantami was among seven Readers (Associate Professors) promoted to Professor by the Governing Council of Federal Univerity of Technology Owerri (FUTO) at its 186th meeting held on Friday, August 20, 2021.

ASUU chairman has also revealed the Union resolved “to sanction ASUU members involved in his promotion and the VC of FUTO”.

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Meanwhile, ASUU has declared a one-month warning strike following the inability of the federal government to meet its demand.

A source who at first leaked the development said; ”We just want to give the government a long rope hoping that it would see the need to avoid a total paralysis of academic activities in the nation’s universities. We are parents too and have our children in the system but we cannot watch and allow the total collapse of education in the country.

“Our agitation is in the interest of all and if the system is made better, we will all enjoy it. Prominent personalities in the country have waded into the matter but the government seems recalcitrant. Our National President would explain more when he briefs the press later today,” he said.

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