ABU debunks lecturer’s stagnation allegation against management 


The authority of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has cleared the air on the allegations leveled against the institution’s administration on stagnation of a member of academic staff.

This was contained in a statement by the institution’s spokesman, Mallam Auwal Umar, made available to journalists in Zaria on Sunday.

“The attention of management of Ahmadu Bello University has been drawn to a press release issued today by Malam Waziri Isa Adam, a staff member of the institution, accusing the university management of his failure to complete his PhD degree at the University of Lagos 14 years after enrolment for the programme.

“The staff, an assistant lecturer at the institution’s Department of Mass Communication, also claimed that his academic pursuits had been “unfairly targeted due to his outspoken criticism of the VC’s actions”, which he further said had “caused significant delays and obstacles in his academic pursuits.

“Given the wishy-washy manner in which he presented his PhD update as captured in the release simply to deceive the public, it is pertinent for the university management to respond and make official clarification on the matter.

“Malam Adam has been an assistant lecturer since 28th January, 2009 after his upgrade from graduate assistant, following completion of his M. Sc Mass Communication degree from the University of Lagos. He has been on that rank for well over 15 years now because of his inability to meet the institution’s academic promotion requirements. 

“He joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University as a full-time staff on the rank of graduate assistant on 20th February, 2006.

“So, he has been a stagnated academic staff for more than 18 years, a period long enough for him to attain the peak of his career. Those who came much later than him, are either associate professors or professors now,” the statement said.