East Carolina University Faces Ganduje’s Wrath Over ‘Embarrassing’ Appointment
Kano State government has expressed its anger at the controversial ‘appointment’ of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as a visiting professor of e-governance and International Affairs at the East Carolina University (ECU).
The government, through its secretary, Usman Ahaji demanded an apology from the management of the American university for the embarrassment it has caused the governor.
The state government also asked the university to sanction Victor Mbarika, a lecturer of International Center for IT and Development at the institution, who communicated the ‘appointment’ to the governor on November 30.
Alhaji, in a press statement, said they were saddened by the controversial appointment that attempted to embarrass Ganduje.
He said that Ganduje did not solicit appointments in any university or institution of higher learning within and outside Nigeria.
The government also said Ganduje was shocked over the content of the letter from the office of the provost and senior vice cancellor for academic affairs of the university, admitting an error in conveying the message notifying the appointment.
Ganduje had received a letter last Monday appointing him as a visiting professor of e-governance and International Affairs at the ECU, and had circulated the appointment widely before the university later said the letter he received was unauthorised.
“It has been brought to my attention that you received a letter from a faculty member dated November 30, 2020, that appeared to offer an unpaid appointment in the “International Center for IT and Development” at East Carolina University College of Business.
“I must inform you that the letter you received from Dr. Victor Mbarika, on November 30, 2020 does not convey an authorized offer of appointment or establish any position of scholar or professor at East Carolina University (“ECU”). Only the Chancellor, myself, or another official identified in ECU’s published statement on Delegation of Contracting Authority for the Division of Academic Affairs may authorize or sign appointment letters under which faculty are employed”, Ganduje was told in ECU’s letter of denial.
Alhaji’s statement did not state what the governor intends to do if ECU did not tender an apology.
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