From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Prof. Angela Freeman Miri has raised an alarm over organized conspiracy against her administration by some personalities of the host community since she came on board.
The Vice Chancellor who was reacting to allegations of sale of employment slots between the sum of N500, 000 to N1million and diversion of Kogi indigenes slots to her home state, Plateau as reported in the Social Media and Independent Newspaper of October 2nd told journalists that the exercise followed due process.
The Vice Chancellor who debunked the purported accusations said approval was granted by relevant authorities for the University to carry out the recruitment exercise which was subsequently supervised by the Federal Character Commission and certificate of compliance to issue letters of employment to successful applicants.
According to Prof. Miri “I am confident of myself in the conduct of the exercise because out of the 300 junior staff positions approved for recruitment, 220 Kogi indigenes have already been issued with appointment letters under the first batch while other successful applicants will follow in due course. Also slots were allocated to states across the federation”.
She further disclosed that out of the initial staff strength of 828 in the institution, Kogi indigenes constitute 567 staff with the remaining shared among the rest of the states in the country.
Prof. Miri said since assumption of office she has ensured that justice and equity reign supreme in addition to her concerted efforts to transform the University to meet international standards, both academic and the provision of needed infrastructure, vowing that no distraction from any quarter would frustrate her from living above board in running the University.
It would be recalled that the host community of the University had accused the Vice Chancellor of lopsided employment of staff with no positive consideration for the qualified indigenes, maintaining that recruitment of junior staff should be exclusively reserved for the home state of the institution.
The Administrator of Lokoja Local Government Area, Mohammed Dan Asebe who led traditional rulers from the zone to lodge complaints to the Vice Chancellor over the development condemned her action of allocating 13 slots to members of Plateau State at the National Assembly.