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On the VC – Taraba State University’s Tenure

A post came up on the 18th September, 2016 on JIEBREEAL GAMBO YAKUBU’S  wall on facebook, titled –  On the VC Taraba State University’s Tenure, challenging or rather accusing the State Government of issuing the VC, Taraba State University a letter of pre-retirement leave amongst other issues.

Later, a counter followed to that effect on NELSON’S wall on facebook, clarifying issues stated in the previous post.

Taravoices in this regard presents you with both posts but however, urges you to stay tuned as it will be carrying out its investigations to present you with facts on the matter.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

“Asking the VC to leave before the expiration of his tenure of office is not only illegal, but is against the law of natural justice. The so-called pre-retirement leave was not stated on his letter of employment when he was hired to lead the institution over four years ago”.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

“First, what he termed “so-called pre-retirement leave” was actually ‘a letter of commendation’ for the work which the VC did in his tenure and which is acknowledged by the visitor (the Governor). Whether Jiebreeal is not aware of this or seeks to hide this part of the letter is what I cannot say”.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

“However, last Friday, he was issued with a letter by the state government asking him to hand over the affairs of the University on the 19th September, 2016 over three months before the expiration of his tenure”!

Post on Nelson’s wall:

“The letter further gently reminded of the expiration of his tenure as well as the standard procedure of three months terminal leave.  If the writer is ignorant, it is not fair to his person to publicize such”.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

“Our politicians should be careful of the way they handle our educational system particularly at the University level. A VC is not a commissioner or Adviser whose appointment and retention of his job is at the pleasure of the state governor. He is an administrative and academic head of an institution in which even the governor, Mr Darius Ishaku is not qualified to hold that post”.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

“Second, everyone has his assignment, qualification and proficiency. It is not a sound argument to say “even Mr. Darius Ishaku is not qualified to hold the post” and does not portray you as an academic. People’s words have ways of judging them. A documented material like this could haunt you long after you have forgotten. Ultimately, my point is this: compare oranges with oranges, and apples with apples, not oranges with apples. What criteria will you use? Logic will not permit an academic to say such mundane things”.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

The so-called pre-retirement leave was not stated on his letter of employment when he was hired to lead the institution over four years ago

.………Universities are academic institutions that have some laid down rules and regulations governing their conduct, including the appointments of their principal officers. Asking the VC to leave before the expiration of his tenure of office is not only illegal, but is against the law of natural justice.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

Your letter of appointment, my dear Jiebreeal, does not carry that clause on terminal leave but you as well as every other government employee will do so at the prescribed time. His approach to an issue like this certainly questions his qualification as a lecturer, knowing that academic research is often a laborious process of exploring facts and being guided by objectivity.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

My advice to Governor Darius Ishaku is simple: rescind the decision and allow the gentleman to complete his tenure as spelt out in his letter of appointment, otherwise we would assume that the decision has political undertone which would have a backlash on the survival of the young institution. Let us learn to be just in our dealings.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

Above all, Arc. Darius Ishaku has the interest of the University at heart and envisages a time when it can favorably compare with standard institutions of that status in terms of quality graduates in learning and in character.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

I don’t want to mention the achievements of the VC because posterity would naturally do justice to that. But we must learn to do things according to the dictates of the law.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

When he received the visiting panel of the University, the Governor again stated that Professor Yahaya did well during his tenure as VC and promised to improve on what he has done. Let everyone cast aside any creeping thoughts of sentiments and see things in black and white as they truly are.

Post on Jiebreeal’s wall:

If this stands, we are leaving a bad precedence for the young university, A governor would just wake up one morning and sack the VC or dissolve the council and the management without a justifiable cause and no one would have a moral right to challenge such decision because it has happened before.

Post on Nelson’s wall:

………I came across this write up by  Jiebreeal and after reading it, felt the urge to correct the impression the piece creates, to particularly inform him and to save the unsuspecting public from baring their veins on a non-issue like what he is raising…

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