Abdullahi Ganduje
Abdullahi Ganduje

ASUU threatens legal action as Ganduje ‘sold’ Kano varsity’s Faculty of Medical Science building

NEWS DIGEST – The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Yusuf Maitama Suleiman University branch, has threatened to take legal action against the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje for allegedly revoking facilities and selling lands belonging to the university.

In a statement on Saturday by the chairman of the branch, Dr. Abdulrazaq Ibrahim, the union decried that the governor had revoked a facility of the university at Kwanar Dawaki, which was hosting faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, forcing it (the faculty) to squat in a small building at the main campus, while the students had been made to be shuttling between campuses for lectures and practicals.

According to the union, the governor had also revoked Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies at Dawakin Tofa Local Government recently, lamented that the action in particular had jeopardized the conduct of entrepreneurship studies and Interim Joint Matriculation Board, IJMB programmes offered by the institution.

ASUU also alleged that Mr Ganduje had converted land vested to the university at the main campus to commercial plots in area not designed for such purpose, saying “this trend is not only distorting the present and future plans of the university as contained in its academic brief, but also making it grossly uncertain.”

ASUU also noted that the governor had violated the FGN-ASUU 2009 agreement, which ensures university autonomy and academic freedom.

“The State Government had converted land vested to the University at the Main Campus, to commercial plots in area not designed for such purpose.

“This trend is not only distorting the present and future plans of the University as contained in its Academic Brief but also making it grossly uncertain. Thus, the Government is in clear violation of the FGN-ASUU 2009 Agreement which ensures University Autonomy and Academic Freedom.’’

“As a pressure group, the union will continue to monitor the situation closely with a view to protecting the university from eventual collapse. We also call on all stakeholders to join hands with the Union in ensuring that the sanctity of the university is assured.

“The unprecedented sale of state owned properties by the Kano State Government is no longer news. More worrisome is revocation and sale of properties belonging to a virtually new university that aspires for growth,” the statement reads in part.

The union therefore said the illegal allocations and selling of land vested to the university at the main campus, along Muhammadu Buhari Way and the revocation of Kwanar Dawaki Campus and Centre for Entrepreneurship Studies at Dawakin Tofa Local Government, should be reverted, otherwise, it would left with no option than to take legal action.

“The union strongly insists that the government should put a stop to this unacceptable behavior and to expedite action to reinstate the listed facilities and land property. It is therefore, worthy of note that failure to address these issues will leave the union with no option but to take legal action,” the union threatened.