By James, Michael Igiri
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), has maintained that there is no equivalence when
it comes to the issue of Chief Lecturer as a rector in the polytechnic sector.
This was announced by the national president of ASUP, Comrade Dutse Usman, in an interview
following the disagreement over the shortlisting of three professors for the position of Rector at the
Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos.
In an interview, Comrade Usman maintained that there is a clear demarcation between requisite
qualifications for appointment into the office Registrar (for polytechnics), and Vice-Chancellor (for
According to him, “The law establishing the polytechnic defined a rector as Chief Lecturer and the
person that s qualified for the position must be a Chief Lecturer and have five years working
experience within the polytechnic. It is a condition stipulated by the law establishing the polytechnic.
And a chief lecturer has no equivalence anywhere.
“There is a template designed by the Federal Ministry of Education which defined who should be the
chief executive of these institutions’. For the universities, it is a professor while for polytechnics; a
chief lecturer must be the rector. So the issue of minimum requirement is just an interpretation for
people that have interest. There is no minimum requirement for that. Whoever goes contrary to this
condition is a violation of the law.”
Members of ASUP, YABATECH chapter, had last week cautioned the governing council of the
institution over its decision to interview the three professors in the on-going process of appointing a
rector for the college. ASUP south-west Zonal Coordinator Comrade Adetunji Omoba Orun who
addressed journalists on the issue, regretted that of all the chief lecturers in the nation’s
Polytechniques, the council could still look outside the sector.