Employment Scandal In Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, A Call For Probe By Mustapha Saddiq
A ‘serious’ recruitment scandal has embroiled the newly established federal University, Dutsin-ma as reported by SUNDAYTRUST sundaytrust.com.ng/index.php/news/14662-employment-scandal-hits-new-federal-varsity-dutsin-ma on 13th october, 2013.
According to the report, the university’s catchment area consist of Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara but unfortunately this doesn’t reflect in the composition of the university’s community workforce. The report pointed out among other things that there is a great imbalance and series of scandals that put the Vice chancellor (VC) Professor James O.I. Ayatse who is from Benue State in the center of it.
For instance, according to the report, only 3 out of the dozens management team of the university are from the north-west zone as a whole! Katsina State indigenes are taking the lead in the total work force only on paper as the strategic posts shows the contrary. These actions of cause are against the spirit of the federal character principle as well as the universities catchment area policy.
As expected, this draw the attention of the house of representative committee on education who visited the university to see things for them selves and later queried the VC over the illegal miss doings. The committee also demanded explanation as to how -or rather why- Benue State (which is north-central and not a catchment area) has more indegines working in the university that Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara states combine.
To further compound the problem, states like Osun, Plateau, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Anambara, Oyo and Edo that are not even in the university’s region i.e north -except Plateau- have between 8 and 12 staff while States like Zamfara, Kebbi and Sokoto have between 3 and 7. While Jigawa State have none.
Also, with the controversial appointment of his wife as senior lecturer and HOD and his younger brother as chief security officer and later (after so much pressure) as a newly created office holder of a senior special adviser on security that further exposed the lack of credibility of the VC, one will begin to wonder what are his real motives.
Now, we all know that it will not make any sense for any one to come and tell us that we lack the man power in Katsina State or North-West in general and that we can’t satisfy the university community with enough personals what so ever. Katsina State and indeed the entire north-west region are known to be among the bests in terms of education. That’s a fact!
With this, we (the people in the catchment area of the university) collectively joined the house committee of education in demanding the full explanation of these scandals from the VC himself and also asking for the immediate reversal of the wrong doings in the institution for the betterment and social coexistence of the nation in general.
Mustapha Saddiq wrote from Batagarawa.
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