BENIN CITY – A group, Edo Professionals against Injustice (EPI) has faulted claims by the National Association of Polytechnic Students, (NAPS) that the Federal Government appoints only Professors and Ph.D holders as Rectors in all the Polytechnics in Nigeria.
EPI was apparently reacting to an online publication credited to NAPS on appointment of a substantive rector for Auchi Polytechnic.
Convener of EPI, Arch. Justin Edosa said that 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 that the author of the said article is an impostor based in Kaduna and sponsored by one of the contestants for the office who had earlier left the Polytechnic under very questionable circumstance.
Edosa said that “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.”
He therefore 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.
According to him, 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.
NAPS had on Thursday, commended the Federal Government on the promulgation of the Polytechnic Act in Nigeria, saying that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government would no longer accept M.Sc holders, but Professors and Ph.D holders to be appointed as Rectors in all Polytechnics in Nigeria