From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Federal Ministry of Education has appointed Dr Samuel James as the Acting Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Dr James, former Deputy Rector Academics of the Polytechnic was appointed following the expiration of the tenure of the previous Rector, Dr Abdullahi Alhassan.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Information and Publicity of the institution, Mrs Safina Sabo and made available to newsmen in Lafia on Friday.
According to the statement, his appointment was contained in a letter dated 23rd January, 2024 signed by Dr Ejeh A.U Director, Polytechnic Education and Allied Institutions Department and transmitted to him by the Registrar of the Polytechnic in person of Dr Munir Ahmad.
The statement explained that Dr James had been appointed by management of the institution on January 2, 2024 as overseer of the institution till his recent appointment by the Ministry of Education.
“Then Dr James was to oversee the affairs of the institution pending when the Federal Ministry of Education responds to the letter written by the institution on the expiration of Dr Alhassan’s tenure,” it added.
The statement further stated that the new Acting Director while reacting to the development, thanked God and the Federal Ministry of Education for the opportunity to serve and pledged to work closely with management and staff to achieve important goals for the institution.
He however debunked recent media allegations that his previous appointment as overseer had not followed due process.
He explained that the appointment was a necessity to avoid a vacuum in leadership because in the absence of a Governing Council, only the Ministry of Education could appoint an Acting or Substantive Rector.
“Firstly the Ministry was informed about the expiration of the tenure of the previous Rector and the law in the amended Polytechnic Act 2019 states that he hands over to the most Senior Chief Lecturer or Officer. So due process was adhered to,” he said
It added that Dr Munir Ahmad, Registrar of the institution on his part said that at the time the tenure of the previous Rector expired, no official correspondence had been received from the office of the Minister of Education on whom should be appointed as Rector or Acting Rector.
“Only the Minister of Education in the absence of the Governing Council has the power to make such appointment. That was the reason why an overseer was appointed to oversee the affairs of the Polytechnic.
“So the recent media reports are malicious ways of presenting ill fated information.
“In some instances the previous Rector and my humble self were even accused that we connived to give the appointment of overseer to the present Acting Rector as cover up so that the previous Rector can go and seek for additional three to six months extension.
“This is totally untrue and I call on the leadership of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to regulate such unwholesome behaviour” he added.