ASUU kicks against promotion of Ali Isa Pantami as professor, describing it illegal.

Written by on February 15, 2022

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday kicked against the promotion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, as a professor, describing it as illegal.

It could be recalled that Last year, the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) had named the minister as a professor in cybersecurity during its council’s 186th meeting.

But addressing a press conference after its National Executive Council meeting, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said the Minister was not qualified for appointment as a professor.

According to him, the union also vowed to sanction its members involved in Pantami’s promotion including FUTO’s vice-chancellor.

Pantami’s elevation has generated controversy, with many faulting FUTO on the promotion of the minister, who has never been on the teaching roll of the university and whose highest academic attainment was just a lecturer before he ventured into politics.

Ameen J. Kantyok

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