The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has inaugurated the governing councils of 13 federal universities in the country.
Adamu, during inauguration in Abuja on Monday, charged the chairmen and members of the various council to foster harmonious relationships while carrying out their duties in the next four years.
He urged council members and chairmen to respect rule of law in the discharge of their duties while also respect the rules of federal character in appointment of their officers.
The Minister tasked the governing boards to block loopholes and come up with ideas that would shore up the internal generated revenue of the universities.
According to him, “the major critical areas of challenge is inadequate funding as well judicious use available resources, so let me advise you to come up with new creative ways to improve funding in your institution.
“You will have to block the loopholes where the IGR slides away, I urge you to also comply and respect the rule of Federal Character Commission in the appointment of your officers.”
He disclosed that visitation panels would be visiting the universities in the next weeks, while calling on the new council members to effectively cooperate with the panel so as to lay good foundation.
He added that the effort of the government was to improve Nigerian universities in the next four years , hence the appointment of the tested and proven appointees.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said the inauguration of the council members marks the beginning of a new phase in the introduction of first 12 specialized universities.
“All these specialized universities came about by Adamu vision ,and it empowers specialised higher education in the sector to address needs of the Nigerian society”Adamu said.
“The NUC is also inspired by the Map of 2018-2020 and it has been committed to revitalising Nigeria university education such as urgent fostering skills development and entrepreneur as well as addressing inadequacies in facilities”.
Responding , the Representative of the newly appointed chairmen, Prof. Funmilayo Togonu-Bickersteth , said the council members look forward to cooperation from the Minister and NUC specifically in the provision of useful information.
She pledged the best of the council members towards the advancement of the nation and mankind.
Among the newly appointed Council Chairmen is Prof. Nimmi Briggs to Chair the governing members of the Ndufo Alike university of Ebonyi State.
The universities with new Governing Council Members are Federal University Lokoja,Federal University of Lafia in Nasarawa State, Federal University Kashere , Federal University of Wukari Taraba State, Federal University Dutsen ma Katsina State and federal university Jigawa .
Others are Ndufo Alike university of Ebonyi State, Federal University Oye Ekiti Ekiti State, Federal University Otuoke Bayelsa State, Federal University Birnin Kebbi , Federal University Gusau in Zamfara state and federal University of Gashua Yobe state .
Federal University of Health Sciences also have new Governing Council Members.