The Kwara State Government is in panic mode over the fall-out of its controversial actions on the State University at Malete which has been shut down.
Last night, top government officials were making frantic effforts to convince members of the governing council to meet inside the Government House, Ilorin this morning. It was not clear if the meeting will hold after three members of the council and the management agreed to shut the institution temporarily. Students have been sent home and all gates locked.
The furore at KWASU had sparked a protest by students against the appointment of an acting vice chancellor by the visitor, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who also sent the incumbent vice chancellor, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah on a terminal leave. His second, five-year tenure ends on July 27.
Several interest groups have reacted on the matter even as some are taking positions and blaming the out-going administration in the state of playing bad politics. The Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union, at a press conference, said its intervention was ignited by complaints by those “disturbed by the pernicious irregularity and undeniable illegality surrounding the decision of the out-going Government of Kwara State to send the vice chancellor of the state university on compulsory terminal leave.”
An NGO, the Accountable Leadership for Better Nigeria Initiative, in a press statement, berated the state government for making hasty appointments at the twilight of its tenure.
“The sudden appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor for Kwara State University and the directive sending the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah on terminal leave smacks of executive recklessness. The incumbent vice chancellor’s tenure runs till July 27, 2019. Why the haste?“This directive is not in tune with the university’s law and amounts to a careless meddlesomeness by Governor Ahmed who has overreached himself to usurp the powers of the Council. We cannot but ask: Why is Governor Ahmed, who bent the rules to give Prof. Na’Allah two terms of ten years, now too eager to get rid of him? And why is the governor so concerned about the fortunes of KWASU after denying the institution any subvention since 2015, the NGO asked?