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THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Port Harcourt Branch, has kicked against alleged secret recruitment of lecturers and non-academic staff without due process.
The union also condemned the omission of UNIPORT among the recently constituted Governing Council of some federal universities.
Chairman of ASUU, UNIPORT Branch, Dr Austen Sado, said in a statement on Tuesday that the union expected that the ongoing employment in the institution would been transparent and done within the confines of the law.
The statement signed by Sado and titled, ‘Reconstitute Council, Stop Secret Recruitment,’ indicated that the exercise was a ploy to employ unqualified cronies.
The statement reads in part, “For an interview for recruitment to hold, the board at the faculty, which is the appropriate organ for such an exercise, must be convened by the Dean or any other officer he or she may nominate to so act.”
ASUU, UNIPORT Branch, wondered how the administration managed to organise interviews for employment in the university during COVID-19 pandemic with strict enforcement of inter-state boundaries, which was lifted only last week.
“The employment is a gross violation of the protocols established by the Presidential Task Force for the COVID-19 pandemic. ASUU UNIPORT, as a critical stakeholder in the university, will not turn a blind eye to this manifest violation that is capable of affecting the quality of teaching, research and other administrative duties in the university,” the statement said.
When contacted, the acting Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, Prof. Steven Okodudu, said he just resumed as the VC of the institution on Wednesday and had not been briefed on the matter.