Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services have appealed to the federal government to rescind its sack of the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe.
The lawmakers stated that since Tenebe was already midway into his two-year extension granted to him by the Governing Council of the university and approved by the former President Goodluck Jonathan, government would not lose anything by allowing him to complete the tenure, which is remaining only one year.
The lawmakers made the appeal Wednesday during a dialogue session with representatives of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu over the sack of 13 vice chancellors of federal universities by the federal government in February.
Tenebe was affected by the sack, but unlike eight of the vice chancellors whose tenures were remaining just two weeks before the sack, the NOUN vice chancellor had slightly more than one year before the expiration of his extended tenure.
Chairman of the committee, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, who made the appeal on behalf of other members of the committee stated that, “It is on record that Tenebe worked very meritoriously to turn the National Open University around to a world class university. Before him, very little was known about the university, but through his tenacity and hard work, it is to his credit that the university has today become a household name in Nigeria and abroad.”