There is palpable tension on the two campuses of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Offa local government of Kwara state over delay in the appointment of rector.
While the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) and other unions of the institutions are rooting for one of the three recommended candidates from the interview conducted on March 21st this year for the post of rector, a group that christened itself Concerned Group said the exercise lacked credibility.
This unsavory situation has made ASUP members and entire polytechnic community to urge the federal government to announce the substantive rector of the institution without delay.
Addressing reporters on the mini campus of the polytechnic, the institution chair person of ASUP, Dr Sola Adeniyi wondered why the federal government is foot-dragging in announcing the rector.
Said he: “The question is what is the basis for the lethargy on the part of the federal government in announcing the rector. ASUP has spoken, NASU has spoken, SUG has spoken. All other voices are noises that federal government should in the interest of peace and industrial harmony at the polytechnic should stop listening to.
“We wish to reiterate that the process produced the three recommended candidates from screening, shortlisting and interview are credible; due processes were followed and the results are acceptable to us in the polytechnic.
“The interview was conducted by chartered professional and experts; and chaired by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education. The Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), two representatives of the Federal Character Commission, two democratically elected representatives of the academic board of the polytechnic and representatives of all other relevant agencies concerned were on the panel of the interview.
“The interview panel has done a good job. As such the exercise has been variously described as credible, free and fair. One of the three recommended candidates has been acting in the capacity of rector since February since 2016, apart from her impressive credentials, she has been acting creditably well.
“Federal Polytechnic Offa has been enjoying peace and witnessing since the past eight years and even presently.”