Removal of 12 VCs violates Nigerian University Act – ASUU

FROM LEFT: Resource Person, Mr Ahmad Yakasai; Member, Board of Trustees, Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu), Mr Sule Kaino, and ASUU President, Mr Nasiru Isah, during a News Conference on Planned ASUU strike in Abuja

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday in Abuja said the recent removal of 12 vice-chancellors of federal universities by the federal government amounted to a violation of the law.

The ASUU president, Nasir Isa, stated this while briefing ​journalists on the “state of the nation”.

​On February 12, the federal government announced the removal of the vice-chancellors and appointment of their replacements.

Mr. Isa said ASUU National Executive Council received the news with a lot of concern due to its implication for due process, university autonomy and the growth and development of universities.

“Going by the provisions of the Nigerian University Miscellaneous (Amendment) Act 2003, only the Governing Councils are bestowed with the powers of appointing and removing vice-chancellors.

“The latest action in these universities has justified our consistent demand for proper governance structure and process in Nigerian university system.

“In the first place, vice-chancellors were arbitrarily appointed into these institutions and the governing councils instituted without making their enabling law public.

“We are worried that the same cycle of illegality is playing out again.

“In a university where there is the law, only the governing council is empowered to remove a vice-chancellor from office for a good cause,” Mr. Isa said.

He said only a council had the power to appoint a vice-chancellor in accordance with the law.

The ASUU president also said on the appointment of a vice-chancellor, the council would only select the vice-chancellor and inform the visitor.

He said as stated in the University Amendment Act of 2003, 4 (b), the council shall select and appoint as vice-chancellor, one candidate from among three candidates recommended to it and thereby inform the visitor.

He said the vice-chancellor could only be removed from office by the governing council on grounds of conduct or inability to discharge the function of the office.

“This could be as a result of infirmity of the body or mind, at the initiative of the council, senate or the congregation after due process.

“We, therefore, call on the federal government to toe the path of legality and due process by gazetting the law appointing the councils,” he said.

He said the government should mandate “the councils to immediately commence the process of appointing new vice-chancellors for the affected universities.”

Mr. Isa however said the removal of the vice-chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria was in conformity with the Amendment Act of 2003.

He said the act provides five years non-renewable tenure for a vice-chancellor in the Nigerian university system.

“This act particularly applies to all federally-funded universities in Nigeria, inclusive of NOUN.

“Since the vice chancellor had served a five-year term, he should not be given an extended term of even one day.

“Fair and just institution abhor ad hoc laws tailored to the advantage of special individuals,” he said.



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  • Buhari has never followed any law or act since he was sworn in as president. He has violated both the civil and the constitutional rights of his perceived political enemies.

    • Sparzo

      ” In the first place, vice chancellors were arbitrarily appointed into these institutions…….
      we are worried that the sane circle of illegality is playing out again” Mr Nasiru Isa.
      Anyway there is no proper structure and process in place within the university system for doing these things.

      Buhari is not exactly violating the civil and constitutional rights of his perceived enemies.

  • tunde

    People steal money in nigeria because nothing happens to them.Even when they are caught and prosecuted the penalty is often light and they eventually go free.That is one of the main reasons why corruption is endemic in the country.

    • Mal. Musa


  • Danny

    The President of Nigeria is the visitor to all Nigerian institution of higher learning, therefore is being represented by the council composed of reps from different parastetals under the president’s administration. Appointment of chief executives comes from the Presidency that give the final approval without which no appointment is valid. There is nothing wrong or illegal in the President laying off his employee except when reasons are not genuine. It stands that ASUU president is quoting places that suits his cry, moreover, he is expected to say something hence he is saying what the affected and their cronies would want to hear. I suppose Isa should be advocating for pardon and restoration if actually the VC erred not telling an employer who considered appointing someone that it is illegal to reasonably fire who he/she hired.
    Sincerely, I feel for the VCs considering the hard times, however we all, Nigerians, should shun blames, destructive criticism; see from the other man’s stand point, ask our ‘body’ for the truth and help things to move forward. GEJ has come and gone, it is past to be seen only in history. PMB is here and now in the present. The vote has been cast and the winner has come to stay. Let us stop crying over spilt milk, stop refuting a government that is just starting irrespective of the promises we overemphasized was made to Nigerians; it is time to build Nigeria, reshape Nigeria for Nigeria. This is my view and my take. Correct me, pls

    • abdullahi

      You are wrong sir. The president doesn’t just assign or remove VC at will. The council recommend and only the council can remove the VC.

  • Chukwuemeka Umeokonkwo

    President Muhammadu Buhari is an anarchist, such a lawless rascal hooligan is not fit to be a president. Impeach Buhari now !