Following the confirmation of Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta as the substantive Vice Chancellor (VC) of Adamawa State University (ADSU), the Muslim Council in Adamawa has cautioned the new vice chancellor against sustaining her alleged discrimination against Muslims in the institution.
A letter to the VC signed by the Adamawa Chairman of the Muslim Council, Mallam Gambo Jika, accused Farauta of marginalising Muslims in areas of admission, appointment and promotion during her tenure as Acting VC of the institution.
‘The Muslim Council of Adamawa State wishes to use this medium to felicitate with you, over your recent selection as the substantive Vice Chancellor of Adamawa State University, Mubi. The Council wishes to note that you have been returned as the Vice Chancellor of the university despite the fact that you came third (3rd) among the three names submitted to the visitor of the University, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
“While the Council wishes you successful tenure in office, it also wishes to quickly draw your attention to some basic facts of maladministration about your stewardship of the University, as Acting Vice Chancellor before your recent selection as a substantive Vice Chancellor.
“The Council is not unaware of so many favoritism against Muslims which characterized your past administration and has already become an open secret. Among such irregularities that are known to the Council was lopsidedness over the years in students’ admissions, staff promotions, staff appointments to key academic and administrative positions, staff sponsorship for seminars/ conferences, fellowship awards, and many others which were all tilted towards the benefits of Christian staff, at the detriment of Muslims, thereby, marginalizing the Muslims,” the letter said.
While condemning what it described as the unjust policies of Kaletapwa during her tenure as acting VC, the letter reminded her that the survival of the University lay solely on the monthly monetary statutory deductions from all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state making it mandatory to carry everyone along.
” Unfortunately, it has been observed that some Local Government Areas have over the years been sidelined, especially those Local Government Areas whose populations were largely Muslims.
“Finally, the Council reiterates that henceforth it will focus its search light on your administration and the University. The Council shall never fold its arms and watch things take an ugly shape at the institution to the detriment of Muslims and Islam,” the letter concluded while wishing her a successful tenure.
Speaking on the development, a staff in the university who simply identified himself as Dada said there were elements of truth in the claims by Muslim Council.
“I am a victim in area of promotion and another issue I want to highlight is the mass employment made by Farauta which is lopsided.
“We want Adamawa government to look into that employment the way it did with employment at the State Polytechnic. We also want the Federal Character Commission to wade into this matter.
“She was appointed by past administration of Gov, Bindow to address crisis between staff and management of the institution but some of her action look more like she is trying to open another chapter of conflict that could result to developments worse than imagine,” Dada said.
In the meantime, efforts to get the vice Chancellor proved abortive as she was said to have travelled for official engagement just as her phone lines could not be reached