By Adama Tine
Dr. Alieu Gibba, President of the University of The Gambia (UTG) Faculty and Staff Association has threatened industrial action if the search for Vice Chancellor is not advertised twelve months prior to the position being filled.
“We want the search for the Vice Chancellor to be transparent and the position advertised 12 months prior to his/her appointment in accordance with the Conditions of Service of the UTG,” he stated.
He made these remarks last Thursday in an interview with Mamos media.
Gibba further said that they would follow administration’s procedures and academic matters since it is the highest institution of learning in The Gambia.
Dr. Gibba recently resigned from the UTG Joint Search Committee of the Council and Senate for the Position of the Vice Chancellor (VC) on the condition that the laid down principles (bye laws) be followed. He also said that the Joint Committee must provide a single email where all committee members would have access.
Gibba said there should be transparency so that potential Gambians can apply because there should not be any situations were any potential Gambian would be blocked.
“The presence of the registrar is illegal in accordance with the UTG bye-laws because he is working directly with the VC, so if he is part of the selection committee, he could compromise the work of the VC,” he continued.
“If the right channel is not followed in the appointment of the Vice Chancellor, we would call for a congress and take an industrial action,” he warned.
Nominated members from both Council and Senate met on Saturday, May 29th 2021, to consider the draft advertisement of the position of Vice Chancellor together with the timeline for advertisement, deadline for receipt of applications, and the interview date. During the meeting, Gibba said he raised several factors to be reconsidered as opposed to the draft advertisement, but they were not endorsed by members.