Plateau Government fires varsity VC, others

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The Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Professor Bernard Matau has been sacked from office.

During the previous administration headed by former Governor Simon Lalong, Matau was appointed as the state’s Commissioner for Higher Education and as vice chancellor of the state university.

It was discovered that the vice chancellor, whose term has not yet ended, was removed from office along with four other state-appointed heads of higher education: the provosts of the colleges of health technology in Pankshin, Zawan, and Barkin Ladi, the rector of the Plateau State Polytechnic, and Gindiri, the provost of the college of education.

The development was announced on Tuesday by a statement released by Samuel Jatau, the Secretary to the State Government.

The statement read in part “His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau state, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has approved the dissolution of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos with immediate effect. Similarly, the governor has also approved the removal of the following heads of tertiary institutions: Plateau State University, Bokkos; Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; College of Education, Gindiri; College of Health Technology, Zawan and College of Health Technology, Pankshin”.

The statement which offered no reason for their removal said all affected heads should take note and hand over any government property in their possession to the next most senior officers in the institutions immediately.

It added “The governor has also approved the cancellation of recruitment earlier conducted by tertiary institutions in 2022 and early 2023 that have been under suspension

“Consequently, applications for an all-inclusive recruitment for all tertiary institutions would be advertised.”

The statement quoted the governor as thanking the chairman and members of the Governing Council for the services rendered in the state and wished them success in their future endeavours.