The Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo (FUHSO) has cleared the air on allegations of bias in the recruitment of its staff, trending on social media.
While debunking the allegations, the University said the rumours were capable of causing misgivings and disaffection among the public.
A statement signed by the school Registrar & Secretary to Council, Aminu Abba said without prejudice to ethnic or religious bias, the Management Staff of FUHSO were recruited on the basis of qualification, competence, and adherence to the federal character and catchment area principles.
He claimed the recruitment was also done in strict compliance with the rules of the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission.
‘‘The Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, is a federal government institution established with the mandate to train world-class medical doctors, and other medical personnel, who would adequately cater for the health requirements of Nigerians’’.
He said the management of the University will at all times be mindful of the diversity of the country in all its dealings, especially in the recruitment of staff and admission of students.
‘‘Our core values are hinged on Integrity, Transparency, Accountability, Dedication, Innovation, and Partnership. These are virtues we shall pursue with the highest vigour, utmost commitment, sincerity and patriotism.
The statement assured the public only the best of brains and hands would be engaged, through due process of fair and open procedures at the university.
‘’As much as we shall welcome constructive and solution proferring criticisms at all times, it is pertinent to point out that at this nascent stage, when all hands should be on deck towards laying a solid foundation for an eventual excellent medical superstructure, the Management of FUHSO will not be distracted by succumbing to deliberate politically based mischief and or falsehood peddled with the aim of causing disaffection among the rank and file of the Institution and its stakeholders. The FUHSO remains committed to building a universal institution that is open to the global population.
‘‘The Governing Council and Principal Officers of FUHSO, appointed by President Mohammadu Buhari (GCFR) are as follows:
(1) Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council is Prof Abdullahi A. Abba (North East).
(2) Vice-Chancellor is Prof Innocent A. O. Ujah, mni North Central
(3) Prof Ibrahim A Yakassai, mni (Kano) representing North West.
(4) Prof Martins Ike-Mounso (Enugu) representing South East.
(5) Prof John Idoko (Benue) representing North Central.
(6 )Mr Ola Opesan (Lagos) representing South West.
(7) Mal Aminu Abba (Kano) is University Registrar.
(8) John A Aba(Benue) is University Bursar.
(9) Mrs Kathryn J Philip (Akwa Ibom) is University Librarian and also represents South-South.