Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso says the decision to change the Vice Chancellor of Kano University of Technology, Wudil was done in good faith and in the best interest of the university as an institution and the state as a whole.
He said although the government enjoys cordial relationship with the erstwhile Vice Chancellor, government had to implement the report of a visitation panel to the university, which includes replacement of the VC, to save the institution from imminent collapse.
Governor Kwankwaso who made this known while exchanging views with student union leaders of the university at the government House, Kano, however explained that the new VC is an experienced scholar who served on the implementation committee of the university.
“Having established the university during our first tenure, it is unrealistic for one to assume that we are taking certain actions to cripple what we built”, the governor stressed.
He said his priority is to leave a lasting legacy in the sector of education, stressing that since coming on board, his administration has never denied the university any amount of money it demanded for its operations.
The governor therefore appealed to students of the university to exhibit decorum and sense of responsibility in pressing for their demands, assuring that the government will not relent in striving to mould them into responsible citizens.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Muhammad Yusuf Abubakar and Sabi’u Sani Abubakar said they had earlier expressed reservations when the former VC was removed because they misunderstood the rationale behind the government’s action.
They appealed to the government to address the problems bedeviling the institution to enable it compete favorably with similar institutions across the country.
It could be recalled that the administration of Governor Kwankwaso recently re-constituted a new Governing Council for the university with Barr. A.B. Mahmoud, SAN, as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of council while Prof. U.G. Dambatta is to serve as acting Vice Chancellor.