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MINISTER OF EDUCATION INAUGURATES GOVERNING COUNCILS OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRES

 

The Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the Governing Councils of 19 Federal Universities and four Inter-University Centres while also presenting the newly appointed Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State.

The minister, while inaugurating the selected persons to Chair and serve as members of the various Councils in Abuja, revealed that they are experienced men and women of proven integrity who are, not only knowledgeable in university affairs but also familiar with the policy options of Government in the tertiary education sector as well as the Nigerian University System.

He said that the Councils shall be the governing body of the University with powers of general control and superintendence over the policy, finances, and properties of the University.

Mallam Adamu called on the apointees to strictly adhere to the section 2A of the 2003 Amendment Act which stipulates that “the Governing Council of a university shall be free in the discharge of its functions and exercise of its responsibilities for the good management, growth and development of the University.

And also Section 3(4) of the same 2003 Amendment Act which reposes on Council the power to appoint the Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Rasheed Adamu, stated that the Commission expects the new Councils to partner with the NUC to ensure that their institutions thrive to be Centres of knowledge production and human development .

The NUC Executive Secretary disclosed that the Commission has engaged in the re-engineering of the curriculum of the various disciplines and programmes being run in the universities.

Responding on behalf of the Chairmen Governing councils, the Chairman of Governing Council of Bayero University Kano, Senator Udo Udoma said the Council Chairmen would strictly adhere to laws establishing the universities.

He further pledged the commitment of the Governing councils to work hard and ensure that quality of education was enhanced and improved in Nigeria.

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