The Zazzau Emirate Development Association (ZEMDA) has petitioned the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the Governing Council of the Kaduna state University (KASU), Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, over what they described as “deliberate action” of the university’s vice chancellor, Professor Williams Barnabas Qurix, to undermine the interest of the emirate.
According to the petition written by the group, with its headquarters situated at No. 19 New Jos Road, Kofar Doka in Zaria, which was dated July 15, 2012, and signed by its chairman, Dr. Isa Abdullahi Shika, and secretary, Sani Ibrahim Tanko, “Zazzau Emirate Development Association, arguably the major and biggest single stakeholder in Kaduna state, being representative of 11 LGAs with 53 per cent of the population of the state noticed with utmost dismay and disappointment the circular on guidelines for 2012/2013 undergraduate merit admission.”
The petition, entitled, ‘Re: Guidelines for 2012/2013 undergraduate merit admission into the Kaduna State University and other issues-need for caution,” added, “Accordingly, we find it necessary to document our observations on the content of the circular and to also draw attention to the implication of the activities of the VC if they remain unchecked.”
Aside from their complaint of developing the Kafanchan campus to the expense of the main campus in Kaduna, ZEMDA alleged that the VC was short-changing the Zazzau Emirate in admission procedure, an action, they argued, is capable of “upsetting the peaceful and stable academic environment enjoyed in the university in the eight years of its existence, and thereby plunge the state into another chaos as experienced recently owing to similar ethnic and religious sentiments.”
The petitioners, therefore, demanded for a check on the activities of the vice-chancellor who they accused of actions that are hinged on ethnic and religious sentiments.
The petition was copied to Governor Patrick Yakowa, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Director of the State Security Services and members of KASU Senate.
Blueprint gathered that the university management would soon come out with an official position on the issues raised by the petitioner.
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