THE Federal Government has sacked the Vice Chancellors of 12 federal universities. Also affected by the sack is the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Vincent Tenebe.
Their sudden removal was announced in a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, yesterday, in Abuja.
The statement did not give any reason for the action, but noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new Vice Chancellors for the affected universities.
According to the statement, the NOUN VC was replaced with Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University, Kano, while the substantive VC of the Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State, Prof. Mohammed Kundiri, was transferred to the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State.
A former Head, Department of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, who was said to be on sabbatical in NOUN, is the new VC of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, has Prof. Auwal Yadudu of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano, as new VC; Prof. Fatima Batoul Muktar of the Department of Biology, North West University, Kano, is now VC of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State.
A lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Haruna Abdu Kaita, is the new VC of Federal University, Dutsin Ma, Katsina State, while Prof. Andrew Haruna of the Department of Linguistics, University of Jos (UNIJOS), will now function as VC, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State.
Another lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy, ABU, Zaria, Prof. Magaji Garba, has been appointed VC of Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, while Prof. Alhassan Mohammed Gani of the Institute of Maritime Studies, Federal University, Kashere in Gombe State, is now the new VC of the institution.