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Monday, 6 April 2020

Kwara North Elders Call For Reversal of KWASU VC Appointment~NEWSEXTRA





Kwara North Elders have rejected appointment of new Kwara State University Vice Chancellor by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

The Coalition of Kwara North Elders in a statement issued on Monday described the state government decision as insensitive because it goes extremely against  the principles of equity, justice and fairness in a symbiotic and  heterogeneous political entity like Kwara State.

The Statement read:

''The entire people of the Kwara North Senatorial Zone within Nigeria and the diaspora have been much saddened  by the appointment of Prof. Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi as the New Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU). The appointment is quite nauseating and very insensitive because it goes extremely against  the principles of equity, justice and fairness in a symbiotic and  heterogeneous political entity like our beloved Kwara State.

''It is very timely for us to recall here that the Kwara State University was established with the resources of all sections of Kwara State is really never in doubt. Indeed, it is an undeniable fact that not until recently, our five Local Government Areas that constitute the Kwara North Senatorial Zone contributed funds through monthly deductions from our monthly statutory allocations and internally generated revenue, not only for the establishment but also for the sustenance of the  Kwara State University.

''It is therefore intriguing and also baffling to the entirety of all of us in Kwara State in general and the Kwara North Senatorial Zone in particular, that against all norms and conventions in Nigeria’s socio-political engineering process of balancing the allocation of the resources and privileges derivable from our common patrimony, including sharing of political appointments and positions of influence in government amongst the three senatorial zones of each State, as with the Federal sharing amongst the six Geo-Political Zones of the country, the situation in Kwara is different.
 Apart from the initial consideration in the three major positions where the Governor came from [Kwara Central], the Deputy Governor [Kwara South] and the Rt Honourable Speaker [Kwara North], the idea of sustaining that equilibrium in the interest of equity, justice and fairness has been jettisoned, with clear disregard for the interest of Kwara North Senatorial Zone, especially in the light of the  subsequent appointments made since the advent of the present administration in the State.''

'' It cannot be argued or claimed that only professors from the Kwara Central Senatorial Zone are the only persons qualified for the position of the VC of KWASU. This claim could not stand as  available facts disclosed that while the Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Mahmud Sakah came first in the interview conducted, Prof Muhammad Mustapha Akanbi who was just appointed came third!

''Although, it is understandable that Your Excellency as the Visitor to KWASU reserves the right to choose a qualified person for the position of VC of KWASU,  however, the pledges and assurances Your Excellency gave to the people of Kwara North Senatorial Zone that you will arrest the marginalisation on all fronts that the senatorial zone has been suffering for decades coupled with the zoning principle would have been considered in your decision in the appointment of the VC for KWASU.'

Signatories to the open letter are Sen Mohammed Shaaba Lafiagi,  Alh Shehu Abdulrahman, Hon Timothy Saba, Alh Alfa Shonga, Alh S Y Haliru, Alh M T Mamman, Alh S Y Abdullahi, Dr Mohammed N Haruna, Alh Tajudeen Abdulkadir, Engr Umaru Sha'aba, Alh Mohamed Kudu, Alh Kollo Rifun, Alh Sule Ahman Patigi, Alh Dabarako Mohammad, Alh Zubairu Rogun, Com Abdullahi Lade,  Alh Attahiru Manko, Rt Hon Benjamin Yisa,  Sen Ahmed Zuruk,  Alh Shaaba Emagi Patigi ,Alh Aliu Lade and Hon Ndagiri Patigi 

Others include Shuaib Baba Jimoh,  Salihu Mohammed, Issa Aremu, Buhari Ibrahim,  Issa Mohammed Jamiu,Chief Sunday Ogunniyi,Hon Adamu Bawa, Sen Haliru Kaiama, Rt Hon Isa Bio Ibrahim, Alh Ibrahim Ibn Woru, Alh Jubril Abubakar Tafida 


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