The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Port Harcourt branch, has appealed to the Federal Government to avert anarchy in the university and constitute a governing council in the institution following the dissolution of the former governing council in June 2020.
The plea by ASUU followed its congress meeting at the university on Tuesday.
According to a statement signed by the ASUU Chairman, Austen Sado, upon the dissolution of the former governing council, a new council must be immediately reconstituted as if it were not dissolved in the first place.
He said, “Following the dissolution of the Governing Council of the University of Port Harcourt in June 2020, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Port Harcourt branch, has severally called on the Federal Government to constitute a governing council for the university.
“It is disheartening to observe that the Federal Government has failed to constitute a governing council even though the governing council is the organ responsible for the appointment of a vice chancellor for the university, a process which has been stalled since the dissolution of council.
“The University Autonomy Act does not support arbitrary dissolution of council, and by the letter and spirit of the law, a vacuum is abhorred. This implies that in the event that the governing council is dissolved, it shall be reconstituted almost immediately as if the governing council was not dissolved in the first place.”