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TERTIARY EDUCATION: ATBU ASUU Reacted, Drug Test For ‘Versity Lecturers

By Adamu Shehu Bauchi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) chapter, has rejected the suggestion by the former Vice Chancellor, Professor Mohammed Abdul’aziz, that lecturers should undergo compulsory drug tests.

In an interview with journalists in Bauchi, ASUU Chairman, Comrade Ibrahim Ibrahim Inuwa, described the former VC’s statement as “unguided” and “unfortunate.” Inuwa argued that the university has existing regulations and autonomy to handle issues related to staff and students, including medical tests.

Inuwa questioned why the former VC waited until his departure to make such a statement, rather than addressing the issue during his five-year tenure. He also pointed out that the former VC had the power to investigate and address any issues related to drug abuse during his time in office.

The ASUU chairman alleged that the former VC’s actions were questionable, citing instances of violating university laws and extorting students through software contracts. He suggested that the former VC should be the one to undergo a drug test.

Inuwa emphasized that the university is autonomous and has criteria for admitting students, including medical tests. He argued that the former VC’s statement was a blanket accusation without evidence and undermined the university’s autonomy.

The controversy comes after a recent incident involving a final-year student who lost his life, leading to a halt in academic activities and the closure of the institution for several weeks. ASUU believes the former VC should have addressed the issue more constructively rather than making accusations against lecturers.

The union has welcomed the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Kunya, who topped the selection process for the position with the support of the majority. ASUU is confident that the new VC will uphold the university’s autonomy and address issues in a more constructive manner.

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