…….asks Gov Okowa, NCCE, Ministry Of Higher Education, Governing Council to review it
By Rita Ossai
Mosogar: A group under the umbrella of College of Education Mosogar’s Stakeholders For Equity And Justice, CEMSFEJ, has condemned the recent advert publication of the Delta State College of Education, Mosogar, in the Pointer Newspapers edition of 22nd February, 2020, for vacancy for the post of provost, saying, the advertorial was craftily coined to serve the secret agenda of those who published it.
The group who spoke to newsmen on the condition of anonymity for fear of victimization also called on the Delta State governor Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the National Council of Colleges of Education, NCCE, the Delta State Ministry of Higher Education and the Governing Council of the institution to get a copy of the advert publication and review it in the interest of sanity, equity, justice and the progressive development of the college.
It also calls for the total cancellation of the advertisement and publish a new one in at least one national daily, in addition to the Pointer Newspaper belonging to the state government in compliance with NCCE guidelines.
The group while reviewing a copy of the advert before newsmen argued that the advert lack merit and sincerity of purpose for an advert of such magnitude to close window for intended applicants after two weeks instead of the standard window period of six weeks from the date of publication.
Another area where the group lambasted those who placed the advert is the omission of age limit in the said publication.
According to the group, “by the National Council of Colleges of Education, NCCE, and National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, the regulatory bodies as approved by the Delta State Executive Council for her Colleges and Polytechnics required that for the post of a Provost/Rector, the applicant must be below sixty (60) years of age at the point of application, but the drafter of the vacancy advert deliberately jump this criteria because of vested interest “, the group remarked.
The group while calling for proper investigation by the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Ministry of Higher Education, NCCE and the Governing Council of the College also criticized the title “Reader”, saying this is not known to, and recognize in the hierarchy of the College of Education, Mosogar.
The group noted that the highest known academic rank is a Chief Lecturer as obtainable in other Colleges of Education just as it is said, Chief Academic Officer/ Chief Executive officer are not known by the law establishing the College.
It added that the presentation of inaugural lecture has never been a criteria for the appointment of a provost in Colleges of Education in Nigeria.