Benue: CSO drags Tarka varsity to court over appointment of bursar 

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Save Nigeria Movement (SNM), a civil society organisation, has dragged the Governing Council of Joseph SarwuanTarka University, Makurdi, before a Federal High Court sitting in Makurdi, to stop Mr Ortese Tyoule Simon, from assuming the vacant position of bursar.

The plaintiff in a suit filed by its counsel, Barr T. Sorkaa, described the appointment as illegal.

The court processes with suit number FHC/MKD/CS/28/2023 said Simon was not qualified for the appointment.

 He prayed the court for an order restraining the defendants in the matter from allowing Simon, who is the 6th defendant from assuming office.

Apart from the Governing Council and Simon, other defendants in the matter are the Minister of Education, Minister of Agriculture, 

and the registrar and secretary, Governing Council, Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.

In the suit, the plaintiff prayed for the following orders: an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st to 5th defendants, respondents from allowing the 6th defendant/respondent, (Simon) a deputy director, Audit Unit, to assume as  bursar, in contradiction of the Financial Regulations, No. 1709 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2009.

SNM also prayed the court to determine whether or not upon a dispassionate and compound construction of the Federal Universities of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Federal Universities of Agriculture (amendment) Act, 2019, Financial Regulations, No. 1709 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2009 and other relevant statutes, the requirements for appointment into the vacant position of bursar, Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University.