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RECTORSHIP TUSSLE: Don Petitions Education Minister, Kadpoly Governing Council

…Alleges ‘illegal exclusion’ from Rector Interview.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

The Minister of Education and the Governing Council of Kaduna Polytechnic have been petitioned over alleged discrimination and illegal exclusion from interview for the post of Rector of the polytechnic, Prof. Mohammed Sani Yahaya has revealed.

Prof. Yahaya made the disclosure during a press conference he personally addressed on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Prof. Yahaya, who is lecturer with Kaduna State University (KASU), in a petition letter claimed that the education ministry and Kadpoly Governing Council discriminated and illegally excluded him from interview for the post of Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic.

In the petition, made available to journalists on Tuesday in Kaduna, the petitioner stated that a vacancy exists for the post of Rector in Kaduna Polytechnic as advertised in The Daily Trust newspaper of Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

The petition he personally signed further states that, Prof. Yahaya put his application on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021, for the post of Rector, but expressed dismay that he was disqualified without been invited for interview by the Governing Council on ground of been a Professor lecturing in the university.

“Prof. Mohammed Sani Yahaya Petitioned the Honorable Minister of Education on infractions of the Polytechnic Act by Kaduna Polytechnic Governing Council,” the letter stated.

The victim Professor also explained that Kaduna Polytechnic Governing Council defied the Polytechnic Act by disqualifying a candidate, who applied for the post of Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic on the grounds that he is a Professor teaching in a University.

Accordingly, the petitioner, therefore, is asking the Polytechnic Governing Council to reconsider and rescind its decision, in the interest of justice, fairness and the rule of law.

The petition stated that, “A vacancy exists for the post of Rector Kaduna Polytechnic as advertised in The Daily Trust newspaper of Friday, September 3rd, 2021, and Prof. Mohammed Sani Yahaya put in his application on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. 

“However, he was not invited for the interview scheduled for the 11th and 12th January, 2022, by the Kaduna Polytechnic Governing Council.

The Registrar of the institution and Secretary to the Council informed Prof. Yahaya that the invitation for interview was not extended to him because the Governing Council has decided that a Professor is unqualified for the post of Rector and the disqualification was final and irreversible.

“I have been illegally excluded from the interview for the Post of Rector Kaduna Polytechnic in a gross violation of my unalienable right, and out of the four candidates that rose to the rank of Chief Lecturer in Kaduna Polytechnic; three, including the Acting Rector of the institution were invited for the interview, while I was deliberately excluded. That’s very unfair,” said Prof. Yahaya, the lecturer with Kaduna State University.

“I believe I was also discriminated against on purpose in favour of a selected few candidates for the post of The Rector Kaduna Polytechnic, while we are all equal in the sight of the law. This treatment is totally unfair.”

The petitioner presented facts and documents to substantiate the merit of his claims and objection to the decision of the Council. He further argued that the Governing Council should review and reverse its decision because it goes against the Polytechnic Act 2019. 

Professor Yahaya has written personal appeal for the intervention of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Zazzau, the Honorable Minister for Education, the Honorable Minister of Justice, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND, the Chairman, House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education and other influential individuals urging them to impress on the Council to do the right thing.

The victim, Prof. M.S. Yahaya, is an Irrigation Agronomist and former Head, Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kaduna State University.

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