February 28, 2024

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has sacked the Vice Chancellor, VC, of Plateau State University, Professor Bernard Matau.

A statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Samuel Jatau, confirmed the development on Tuesday.

Matau became the Vice Chancellor of the state university while serving as the state Commissioner for Higher Education in the last administration led by former Governor Simon Lalong.

The VC, who is yet to complete his tenure, was ousted from office alongside four other heads of tertiary institutions in the state, including the Rector of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; Provost, College of Health Technology, Pankshin; Provost, College of Health Technology, Zawan as well as the Provost, College of Education, Gindiri.

Parts of the statement read: “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 did not provide any reason for the sack of the officials, said all the affected should hand over any government property in their possession to the next most senior officers in the institutions immediately.

“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 added.

According to the statement, the governor thanked the chairman and members of the Governing Council for the services rendered in the state and wished them success in their future endeavors.

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