The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Rivers State University of Education, has debunked a news report in a Port Harcourt tabloid accusing the authorities of the university of fraudulent practices in the recruitment of teaching and non- teaching staff in the institution.
Chairman of the union, Dr Ugochukwu Agi who frowned at the defamatory publications against the university management, described the report as an attempt to damage the high reputation of the institution.
The union said the report is the handiwork of some people who are not comfortable with the transparent and stringent procedures employed by the university authorities in the staff recruitment.
ASUU posited that the resort to calumny is a face saving strategy by those who extorted money from applicants in the previous exercise that was cancelled because of irregularities.
The union said it has confidence in the ability and integrity of the university governing council headed by Dr. Dominic Anucha, former Deputy Governor of the State, to conduct a fraud free exercise.
It also lauded the transparent, due process policy and administrative ingenuity of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Rosemund Dienye Green Osaogulu.
Also, the union insisted that it is not true that the Acting Vice Chancellor succumbed to pressures from politicians and government officials, thereby leaving out other qualified applicants.
ASUU hinted that it kept watchful eyes on the recruitment process, and challenged those making the allegations to unmask themselves and come forth with proof of their claims.
“The Union can attest to the genuine of the exercise. It was transparent and followed due process. Our members were involved at all levels; especially in the recruitment of lecturers”, Dr Agi said.
While assuring that the university is poised to train qualified manpower to complement the state government’s resolve to reposition the education sector, the union reiterated that the institution has the required calibre of lecturers to assist in that direction.
It, however, appealed for more fund to the university to enable it adequately meet its statutory role as a teachers training institution and lauded the governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi for his vision in turning the former college to a university.