Some indigenes of Sokoto State have rejected the appointment of Prof. Faruk Omar Zakki and Garba Abubakar, as the provost and registrar of the newly established Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi in Tangaza local government of the state.
They alleged that the provost, the bursar and two other newly appointed principal officers were from the same Kebbi State.
The other principal officers are Ibrahim Alkali who has been appointed the bursar, and Muhammad Sunusi Nasarawa, as the Librarian of the college.
They also alleged that the state was not represented in the college’s governing council.
The chairman, College of Education Academic Staff Union, Shehu Shagari College of Education chapter, Muhammad Mansur Aliyu said Sokoto State indigenes were completely marginalised in the composition of the principal officers and the council.
“We saw the composition for other states, including the new principal officers of Jama’are College of Education, Bauchi which is the home state of the Minister of Education, where all the principal officers and one member of the Governing Council of the college are from Bauchi state,” Aliyu said.
“There is also Federal College of Education, Iwo in Osun state. The Chairman of the Governing Council is from Osun.
“In all the five newly established Colleges of Education, host states were adequately represented with the exception of Sokoto State. We don’t know why.
“Are they saying that we don’t have competent people to run the college while the first College of Education in the Northwest is located in Sokoto?”
The provost of the college, Prof. Zakki could not be reached for his comment as his phone was switched off at the time of filing this report.