By Mike Adeyemi
The Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin has called for due process in the appointment of principal officers.
They urged for clear cut process for appointment of the Registrar, Director of Works and the Bursar.
The Chairman, Comrade Ahmed Olanrewaju made the call during a chat with our reporter in his office on Friday.
According to him, “the appointment into post of Registrar of the college is a non academic post in which NASU is a stakeholder.
“The Senior Staff Union of College of Education in Nigeria (SSUCOEN), Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin had earlier written to the national headquarters to inform them that NCCE rules are not adhered to in the appointment of the Registrar, Bursar and Director of Works.
“And our position (NASU) is that the Registrar, Director of Works and Bursar of the institution is a non academic post in which NASU is a stakeholder,” Ahmed said.
He added: “NASU national headquarter is fully in support of the college governing council and management in as long as a capable and qualified candidate is selected with due process.
“And that the representatives of Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Justice and office of the Secretary to the State Government, are carried along in the processes.
“On this note , the NASU of this college is in total support of the present governing council’s decision and we are also using this medium to appreciate the governing council for all its effort to ensure salary is being paid as at when due,” he added.
Recall that the school management had on 14th March, 2021 via an advert on Tribune Newspaper, called for suitably qualified candidates to apply for the vacant post of Registrar, Bursar and Director of Works respectively.
The advertisement, signed by the outgoing Registrar, A. A. Ibrahim, titled ‘Vacancies; internal and external advertisement’ invited applications from suitably qualified candidates for consideration for appointment into the aforementioned vacant positions.Among other qualifying criteria contained in the advertisement, the management among other things pegged the ages of applicant for the three (3) vacant positions at 55 years as at the time.
Reports revealed that the advertised age runs contrary to Condition and Schemes of Service for Colleges of Education in Nigeria of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, 2016, as amended.
The Scheme of service, according to page 13, 2. 8. 1 , which deals with the criteria for the appointment of Provost, the Scheme provides that, “… The appointee must not be more than 59 years of age upon assumption of office…” 59 years is also applicable to appointment of Registrar, Bursar and Librarian” it reads.
By Mike Adeyemi