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ASUU declares Pantami’s professorship illegal, says ‘you can’t be minister and lecturer at once’

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has faulted the promotion of Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, as a professor.

The union made the declaration on Monday after its National Executive Council meeting during a press conference addressed by the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke.

He said: “You cannot be a minister and a lecturer in a university. It is an encouragement of illegality.

“Pantami has to quit as a minister and be tried for doing double jobs within the same federal system. He is not qualified.

“We have resolved to sanction ASUU members involved in his promotion and the VC of FUTO,” he added.

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Pantami should not be treated as a professor.”

Recall that in September 2021, Mr Pantami, alongside seven academics were elevated by the council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri to the position of professorship at the council’s 186th meeting.

The minister’s elevation generated controversy, with many faulting FUTO on the promotion of the minister.

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