The alumni association of Federal University of Technology Owerri said the award of professorship on Isa Patani was inappropriate.
This is contained in a statement co-signed by Mr Kingsley Azuaru, National Secretary, and Mr Ndubuisi Chijioke, National President of the association.
The association said the Academic Staff Union of Universities was right in advising FUTO management to reconsider the appointment.
â€œFUTO Alumni Association reaffirms her position that the professorship of Pantami was inappropriate
â€œFUTO Alumni Association appreciates the national body of ASUU and the local chapter for jointly condemning the appointment of Pantami as professor in FUTO.
â€œNEC also considered the unresolved issue of the appointment of Dr. Isa Pantami as a Professor at our alma mater and has taken note of the National ASUU position.
â€œThe National Secretary, therefore, reaffirmed FUTO alumni associationâ€™s position that Pantamiâ€™s appointment was inexplicable and questionable,â€ it said.
The association said it was unfortunate that a group known as Alumni Elders planned to host the management of the university to a dinner where it planned to declare support for the award.
The association said the FUTO Alumni Elders was not recognised by the associationâ€™s constitution.
â€œIt is deception for FUTO Alumni Elders to deceive the public that the so-called Re-Union is being organised in conjunction with FUTO Alumni Association.
â€œFUTO Alumni Association is not involved in whatsoever manner with the scheduled dinner by the group called FUTO Alumni Elders.
â€œNEC considers the use of the associationâ€™s name in the promotion of this event without its consent a grievous infringement and subversive of the alumni leadership,â€ it said.
It said National Executive Council of the Alumni had not committed any funds or authorised the university to avail or expend any fund on the event from the alumni funds.
â€œIn conclusion on the subject issue, NEC wishes to dissociate FUTO Alumni Association and her members from this event
â€œAnd all Chapter executives have been mandated to communicate this position immediately to their members,â€ it said.
Many scholars have condemned the award of professorship to Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.
The national leadership of ASUU has advised FUTO management to reverse the award on the ground that it is inappropriate.
However, FUTO management insists that the award followed due process.