Governor Caleb Mutfwang has sacked the Vice Chancellor of the Plateau State University, Professor Bernard Matau.
Matau was appointed as the VC of the university while serving as the state Commissioner for Higher Education in the last administration led by former Governor, Simon Lalong.
The VC, who is yet to complete his tenure, was removed from office alongside four other heads of tertiary institutions in the state, including the Rector of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; Provost, College of Health Technology, Pankshin; Provost, College of Health Technology, Zawan as well as the Provost, College of Education, Gindiri.
The Secretary to the State Government, Samuel Jatau, confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday, February 6, 2024.
“His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has approved the dissolution of the Governing Council of the Plateau State University, Bokkos with immediate effect,’ the statement reads.
“Similarly, the governor has also approved the removal of the following heads of tertiary institutions: Plateau State University, Bokkos; Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi; College of Education, Gindiri; College of Health Technology, Zawan and College of Health Technology, Pankshin,”
The statement which offered no reason for their removal said all affected heads should hand over any government property in their possession to the next most senior officers in the institutions immediately.
“The governor has also approved the cancellation of recruitment earlier conducted by tertiary institutions in 2022 and early 2023 that have been under suspension
“Consequently, applications for an all-inclusive recruitment for all tertiary institutions would be advertised.”
According to the statement, the governor thanked the chairman and members of the Governing Council for the services rendered in the state and wished them success in their future endeavours.