Court Stops Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister, Research Agency From Removing Veterinary College Provost

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, sitting in Abuja, on Monday dominated towards strikes by the Executive Secretary, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, to take away the Provost of Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology, Plateau State, Joseph Okwori, from his workplace.

This is coming two weeks after the courtroom prevented the ARCN Executive Secretary, Garba Sharubutu, and the brand new agriculture minister, Muhammed Abubakar, from conducting interviews for the place of the Provost.

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The courtroom additionally stopped the minister from going forward with the aptitude take a look at for 9 candidates, who had been shortlisted for the Provost place, slated to carry on the College premises, Jos on Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Justice Bashar Alkali, whereas ruling on the appliance for an injunction, on Monday, stated the Minister and the Executive Secretary “have no power whatsoever, to remove the applicant” (Provost) from his workplace, when he had not completed his tenure.

The courtroom additionally frowned on the refusal of Sharubutu to honour the memo despatched to him by the instant previous Agriculture Minister, Mallam Sabo Nanono, who requested him to not contain himself with the recruitment of one other provost of the faculty.

In a memo dated June 4, 2021, which was tendered in proof, the previous Minister had suggested Sharubutu to go forward by recruiting heads of different establishments however not the Provost of the College whom he stated had two extra years to remain within the workplace.

The Executive Secretary, nevertheless, ignored this directive and reasonably marketed the place of the Provost of the College, and shortlisted 9 candidates for interview.

But the Provost, Okwori, had challenged the method in courtroom and the Judge granted an interlocutory order to cease the interview scheduled for September 2.

Justice Alkali, throughout his ruling on Monday, particularly ordered that Okwori be allowed in workplace, whereas the events continued with their swimsuit.

The courtroom affirmed that Okwori, who was appointed as a substantive Provost of the College on the 2nd July, 2018, would nonetheless be within the workplace until 2023, “according to the appointment letter, which has not been controverted”.

A paragraph from the letter of appointment obtained by SaharaReporters learn, “Consequently, your appointment which will run for a single period of (5) five years now takes effect from 2nd July, 2018. This is in recognition of your dedication and commitment to service delivery as well as your immense contribution to the development of the Green Alternative Program (GAP).

“It is expected that you would continue to lay a solid foundation for the implementation of the Mandate/objectives of the College in accordance with extant laws and other subsisting Rules and Regulations.”

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Court Stops Nigeria's Agriculture Minister, Research Agency From Removing Veterinary College Provost

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