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Crisis looms in NACETEM over planned relocation

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BY GBENGA OLARINOYE

OSOGBO — A serious crisis is looming over the attempt by the management of the National Centre for Technology Management, NACETEM, to relocate the centre from Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile  Ife to Abuja.

Specifically, the chairman of the governing board of the of the centre, Senator Ben Collin was accused of alleged imposition of Mr. Yusuf Abdullahi Mohammed as the acting Director General of the centre despite being un-qualified for the post.

But Ife Youth Vanguard warned that any attempt to relocate the centre from its present headquarters in Ile Ife may lead to crisis, warning that it would resist the move.

It was gathered that of the 17 Directors General in the parastatals under the Ministry of Science and Technology, all except Mr. Mohammed was neither a professor nor a Ph.D holder.

Senator Collins was alleged to have bent the rules to accommodate his preferred candidate, Mr. Mohammed for the post of DG of the centre, the seat which became vacant in November, 2013 after the exit of Dr. W.O Siyanbola, who served the centre for two terms of eight years.

According to a petition dated December 10, 2013 by the Academic Staff Union of Research Insititution, ASURI, entitled: ‘Save NACETEM from destruction,’ the union noted that a recent development in the centre made it necessary to cry out to well-meaning Nigerians to save the centre from imminent destruction.

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