ASUU directs schools not to address Pantami as professor, says its illegal

To sanction FUTO over his professorship

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU), has declared the promotion of Isa Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy to the rank of a professor illegal, and directed schools not to address him as professor.

The Union has also vowed to sanction its members in the Federal University of Technology Owerri, (FUTO), and the University’s vice-chancellor for awarding the minister the status of a professorship.

Recall that in September 2021, Patanmi, alongside 7 academics, was elevated by the Council of the University to the rank of a professor. His elevation has since generated controversy, with many faulting FUTO on the promotion of the minister who was not teaching in the university and whose highest academic attainment was reportedly the position of a lecturer before he ventured into politics.

The ASUU president, Emmanuel Osodeke, speaking at a press conference at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), said, “You cannot be a minister and a lecturer in a university. It is an encouragement of illegality. Patanmi has to quit as a minister and be tried for doing double jobs within the same federal system. He is not qualified. Patanmi should not be treated as a professor”.

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

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