The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Nnenna Oti, has said the management has filed legal action over the rejection of professorship conferred on Dr. Isah Ibrahim Pantami by the institution.
This Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)on Monday in statement had threatened to sanction FUTO management for confirming Pantami as a professor while he is still in Federal Government’s active service as a minister.
Oti who said that the management went to court, also stressed that any comment or discussion on the matter is subjudice.
However, a senior management worker, who pleaded anonymity, claimed that ASUU has no right to interfere into a matter it has no jurisdiction over.
“Just like ASUU does not tell the university council and its Senate who to promote, it cannot tell them the criteria for promoting somebody to rank of professor. In law, you cannot withdraw what you don’t have. ASUU does not regulate appointments and promotions. Some of these things are derived from NUC guidelines, and every university sets up its standard,” the source noted.