ASUU Appeals to FG: Reconstitute UDUS Governing Council

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto chapter, has urged the Federal Government to promptly reconstitute the Governing Council for the institution.

In a statement released by the chapter’s Chairman, Prof. Mohammed Almustapha, and shared with the press on Friday, ASUU condemned the dissolution of all governing councils by the Federal Government, citing violations of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

The statement highlighted concerns over the arbitrary dissolution of Federal University Governing councils in June 2023 by the National Universities Commission, following a directive from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. ASUU emphasized the importance of adhering to established procedures and autonomy of these institutions.

Furthermore, ASUU raised objections to the unauthorized advertising of vacancies for the offices of Vice Chancellors and other Principal Officers in federal universities, which it deemed a violation of proper procedures and a threat to academic freedom.

The union emphasized the importance of upholding transparency, equity, and merit-based selection of university principal officers, calling for urgent action from the President, the Minister of Education, and other stakeholders.

ASUU-UDUS called for the reconstitution of Governing Councils of public universities, the safeguarding of university autonomy, adherence to established procedures, and the investigation of all violations of the law in recent university actions.

The union urged all stakeholders to unite in protecting the autonomy and integrity of public universities for the advancement of the educational system and the nation’s future.