Kogi Stakeholders Protest Rector’s Tenure Renewal

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The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has been turned into a campaign arena for the removal of Mr Isah Mohammed, the rector of the institution.

 

A section of the school community has risen against the renewal of his tenure by the state government; the students were allegedly manipulated to support another four years for the rector.

 

The development assumed a strange dimension when students and members of staff woke up to discover some posters donning strategic places in the school campaigning against Mohammed.

Apart from the posters, flyers were circulated by the group that was against the rector, saying the governor and visitor to the school, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, should not reappoint him because of his high handedness and lack of knowledge in the polytechnic  administration.

Sources said majority of those clamouring for a change in the school were members of staff, who felt that the institution did not witness development in the first four years of the rector.

The argument of the antagonists of the governor was that there was the need to raise the bar in the institution to compete favourably with its peers in the country.

They, however, claimed that the agitation over the post had been turned to an ethnic one as some of them that were of Ebira extraction were accused of working against a fellow Ebira man.

The situation on the campus aggravated to the level that the supporters of the rector also pasted his posters on the campus, while paid persons took the campaign to the state radio drumming support for the embattled rector.

The president of the National Association of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS), Kogi State polytechnic chapter, Usman Attaja, confirmed the poster war on the campus.

Credit: Daily Independent

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