The demoted professors of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa state, have accused the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Seth Jaja, of chasing shadows.
According to Punch News, this was made at a press briefing in Yenagoa, through Prof. Steve Nwabuzor, Dr. Fellina Nwadike and Dr. Evans Ugboji-Eze. They also accused the VC of running the university “like his private estate.”
“Having replaced all the Aluko appointees in positions of leadership, Prof. Jaja decided to terminate their appointments by recklessly and illegally demoting them and converting their tenure appointments to contract appointments. It should be noted that all the seven professors purportedly demoted were from the Diaspora and were employed by the pioneer VC.
“The effect is that the VC frequently applies rules and regulations in the management of the university that should not apply to a federal university. Management meetings do not hold and decisions that affect the livelihood and careers of staff are taken by a few individuals at secret locations.
“Meanwhile, the university has federal allocations of about N7m sitting in Abuja. Instead of making efforts to get these funds released, the VC, who for three years has remained at his residence in his home institution in Port Harcourt, making twice weekly trips to Otuoke, is busy pursuing perceived opponents,” they stated.
The Registrar of the university, Mr. Iruo Yousuo, said the Governing Council of the institution took the decision at its 10th meeting where appointments, disciplinary issues and other resolutions to sanitize the system were resolved.