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No Going Back On Sack Of 13 VCs – Minister

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday, said the Federal Government will not go back on its decision on the recent sacking of 13 vice chancellors of some universities established under the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

The FG, last weekend, announced the termination of appointment of 13 VCs of newly established federal universities, a decision widely criticized by civil society groups.

Recall that yesterday, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), staged a protest against the sack, describing the action of the FG as illegal.

However, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, at the flag off of the 2015/2016 annual school census in Abuja on Thursday, reaffirmed the sacking of the VCs.

He stated that the ministry had already received some complaints from aggrieved Nigerians over the sack, adding that the complaints are currently being looked into.

When asked why the VC of NOUN, Vincent Tenebe, whose tenure had not expired, was sacked alongside the others, the minister explained that he was removed because of petitions against him.

He said: “Do you reverse government’s decisions simply because somebody has criticised them? I don’t think it is all government decisions that go down well with everyone in the country.

“The ministry has received representation from people who feel aggrieved because their tenure has not expired and we are looking at it.”

When asked specifically on the expected court cases that would arise from their sack, he simply said: “They have already written to us and we are looking at their complaints and we will reply in due course.”