Governor Yahaya Bello. Photo: Twitter

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of recruiting holders of the Nigeria Certificate in Education and undergraduates as replacements for about 150 lecturers dismissed from the Kogi State University.

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Owerri Zone, Prof. Ike Odimegwu, disclosed this at a press conference in Awka, Anambra state.

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Odimegwu said Bello’s action was capable of destroying Nigerian university education and ridiculing its certificates in the global community.

He said: “This arrogant display of power and abuse of office by Mr. Yahaya Bello speaks volume about the extent to which some political office holders could go to crush perceived opposition to fulfil their ambition towards destroying the public education system.

“After the sacking of over 150 seasoned lecturers, Mr. Bello resorted to the recruitment of unqualified individuals, such as laboratory attendants, members of the National Youth Service Corps, NCE holders and even undergraduate students, to replace them.

“These actions amount to gross violation of International Labour Law, the Constitution of Nigeria and all known best practices in the university system.”