House of Representatives calls for deliberation on specialized universities

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja.

The Nigerian House of Representatives has called for more deliberations on issues of moving specialized universities to related federal government ministries.

The Chairman, House Committee on Education, Aminu Suleiman made the call in Abuja, in response to the remark made by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on claims that federal universities of agriculture will now be under the Ministry of Agriculture ‎and no longer to be supervised by the Ministry of Education.

The House Committee chairman criticized the decision, saying that more deliberations should take place to find a common ground of agreement on the issue of specialized universities in order to benefit the nation.

Earlier, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who expressed dismay that his counterpart, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh was absent at the inauguration, stated that the resolve to move all universities of agriculture to the Ministry of Agric was a resolution that was adopted at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

“I expected the minister of Agric to be here ‎to let him know that this is the last time federal universities of agriculture governing councils  will be inaugurated under the ministry of education because we have agreed at the Federal Executive Council that the specialised universities should be moved to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.”

In the same vein, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, who was also at the event, gave more support to the specialized universities to be moved from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Agric.

He decried that specialized institutions had no business producing students contrary to their mandate and the act establishing them.

“What business does a federal university of agriculture have in producing lawyers and accountants? If we are not careful, they will start producing imams and pastors,” Dalung said.