Dwindling resources: FG tasks 13 varsity councils on prudence, IGR
The newly-inaugurated Governing Councils of 13 federal universities have been charged to be prudent and generate ideas that will improve the internally generated revenue, IGR, of their institutions.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who gave the charge while inaugurating the councils in Abuja, said inadequate funding as well as prudent and judicious management of limited funds remains a major challenge in the education sector.
Adamu further noted that councils must comply with relevant university laws and government guidelines in addition to ensuring transparency, probity and due process in the selection and appointment of principal officers to ensure the emergence of the best candidates for these positions.
The appointment of the new governing councils followed the expiration of the tenure of those appointed in 2015, whose performance the minister acknowledged and stressed the need to maintain a measure of stability and continuity in the system.
While noting that members of the councils were eminent and well-respected Nigerians, who have been tested, he charged them to respect the principle of federal character in the appointment of members of staff.
“You are enjoined to promote a harmonious working relationship with management and serve as a stabilizing force in times of crisis (Especially with staff and student unions).
“Effective strategies should be put in place for early detection and eradication of social vices such as cultism, religious intolerance, sexual harassment, examination malpractices, drug abuse etc. in your respective university communities,” he said.
He urged the councils to effectively co-operate with the visitation panel that will soon be sent to their universities of assignments, and expressed hope that, together, they can enthrone a culture of probity and academic excellence in the country’s tertiary institutions.
The Governing Councils inaugurated were mainly those of the 12 universities established by Former President Goodluck Jonathan and one other. They include: Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State; Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University Kashere, Gombe State; Federal University Wukari, Taraba State; Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State; and Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State.
Others aree: Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State; Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State; Federal University Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State; Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State; Federal University Gashua, Yobe State; and Federal University of Health Sciences, Otukpo, Benue State.
Also speaking, the executive secretary of the national universities commission, NUC, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, said the inauguration of the governing council of Federal University of Health Sciences, Utukpo “marked the beginning of a new phase in the orderly development of federal universities in the country, with the introduction of the first specialized federal university of Health Sciences to join a small elite group of two state universities of health sciences in Ondo and Bayelsa as well as two private medical universities in Port-Harcourt and Lagos.”
“It is instructive to know that all these universities of health sciences in the country, with the exception of the one in Ondo which was established earlier, came about as part of Mal Adamu Adamu’s strategic vision of promoting the establishment of specialized higher institutions to address some key aspects of our national needs in the areas of health, technology, and agriculture,” Rasheed said.
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