FUTO drags ASUU to court over Pantami’s professorship

Isa Ali Pantami

Vice-chancellor of the Federal University, Owerri (FUTO) Prof. Nnenna Oti says the varsity’s management has filed legal action over the rejection of the minister of communications and digital economy Isa Pantami as a professor of cyber security.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had on Monday said it would sanction FUTO management for approving Pantami as a professor.

The union said Pantami cannot serve as a lecturer and also a minister in the Nigerian government.

Oti told The Nation on Monday that the management went to court on the matter, saying any comment or discussion on it is subjudice.

The newspaper quoted a senior management worker who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“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,” the source said.