- About 24 professors of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike have been served with demotion letters
- It was said to be an internal procedure not targeted at demoting or promoting anybody, but rather at ensuring proper placement of all affected staff
- The university's decision is due to petitions that some aggrieved people sent to the minister of education
The management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture through its governing council has reportedly sent demotion letters to about 24 professors.
News Telegraph reports that the university’s spokesperson, Adamma Nwachukwu, confirmed the development, saying it was due to petitions that some aggrieved people sent to the minister of education.
Nwachukwu said: “Following the outcome of the process, council directed that affected persons should revert to their proper placement.”
She, however, declined to offer other details of the action, saying “the university is not exactly interested in blowing this matter out of proportion. It is an internal procedure and was not targeted at demoting or promoting anybody, but rather at ensuring proper placement of all affected staff and not just Professors.”
The university’s spokesperson added that more detail will emerge when the university publishes its bulletin at the end of the month.
According to documents available to the media house, Alphonsus Odo Ovute of the department of Science Education; Melody Ndidi Modebelu of the Department of Educational Management; Gideon Ahamefula Emerole of the Department of Business Administration; Ogwo Patrick Agwu of the Department of Environmental Management and Technology; Aso Vincent Ele of the Department of Mathematics and Joy Chinwe Obunadike of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education are among the Professors demoted to Senior Lecturers.
Based on the findings of the investigating panel, further demands were also made by the university authorities on some of the affected lecturers so as to clear out all grey areas.
Prof. Odo Ovute is said to have been asked to provide his First School Leaving and NYSC certificates, as well as explain fully, his career activities between the year 2010 and 2012 with evidence.
Legit.ng previously reported the updated list of all the courses and departments for pre-degree, under and postgraduate students of the university.
The institution was founded as specialized institution by Federal Government in 1992. The institution provides education in eleven colleges and fifty-seven departments. The University aims to provide highly-rated knowledge and practical skills in agriculture, science, and technology.
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