ASUU declares Pantami professorship invalid


By Ismail Auwal

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has declared illegal the promotion of Dr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, to the rank of professor.

The union made the announcement during a press conference following its National Executive Council meeting.

The  President of ASUU Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke 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. Pantami should not be treated as a professor.”

Pantami was appointed to the position of professor by the council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri at its 186th meeting in September 2021, along with seven other academics.

The union has also vowed to sanction ASUU members involved in his promotion and the VC of FUTO.

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