From Magnus Eze, Abuja
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has called on the Federal Government to arrest and prosecute corrupt Vice Chancellors of universities, the same way suspected corrupt judges were arrested, to save the university education.
SSANU alleged that it would amount to double standard on the part of government, if judges and other Nigerians accused of corruption would be arrested and prosecuted, while vice chancellors accused of corruption are allowed to remain and even preside over convocations.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by SSANU’s National President, Mr. Samson Ugwoke and the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Salaam Abdussobur, after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State.
SSANU lamented that its members that had helped to expose alleged corrupt practices of some vice chancellors were being harassed and suspended, while the government kept mute without taking appropriate actions against them.
The communique read: “NEC in session, observed with great worry, the increasing corruption and the consequent intimidation, harassment and victimisation of whistle-blowers who exposed the rot and decadence in our universities…”
“NEC wondered why vice chancellors, who are facing criminal prosecutions in competent courts, sit-tight in office, as in the cases of the Federal University of Technology, Akure and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, where the vice chancellors of both universities continue to superintend over the affairs and budgets of the universities, with the active connivance of their Governing Councils,” the communique read.