Nigerian government to release re-constituted list of university councils

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Federal Government says a fresh list of members of the governing board of all Nigerian Universities may be released next week.

The Visitor to the University of Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Abubakar Rasheed, made this known at the 21st convocation of the institution.

The Visitor said he has ordered the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to compile a comprehensive list of the Governing Council members to be released.

The presidency had since January 2017 approved the names of the Governing Council members.

“I have directed the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to release by next week the composition of the re-constituted Governing Councils of the Nigerian universities, including the University of Abuja, which has been approved last month,” the Visitor said.

Buhari also said a directive has been issued to the National Universities Commission to immediately undertake a comprehensive review of the university education curricula.

He said this was being initiated to enhance the production of graduates that are relevant to the national needs and aspirations as well as global competitiveness.

He also noted the futility in dependence on petroleum resources as a means of overcoming the present economic challenges, saying development of human capital remains a veritable means to steer the country towards the path of knowledge and sustainable growth.

Meanwhile, management of University of Abuja, on Saturday added six first class graduates to the army of scholars churned out from Nigerian universities annually.

Another 13,664 graduates drawn from the regular and sandwich programmes were also produced during the 21st convocation ceremony of the almost three decade institution.

Apart from the six first class graduates, nine graduated from veterinary medicine, 441 had pass; 5,830 had third class; 6,187 had second class lower division; 644 had second class upper division respectively.

Honorary doctorate degrees were also conferred on two eminent Nigerians, the Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammad Sanusi 11 and a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Chief Michael Okibe Onoja including a German national, Professor Peter Proksch.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Adikwu charged the graduates against letting the institution down in their future endeavours.

He said rather than going cap in hand looking for white collar jobs, they should seize the opportunities created by recession to make a living for themselves.

“I have no doubt in my mind that our graduates in all our disciplines can prove their worth anywhere they find themselves. While wishing you all luck and success in your future endeavours, I would like to urge you to rise to the challenges that the country is now grappling with in the economic and social sectors.

“The situation today demands of you a complete change of attitude, perseverance and a dose of ingenuity, you have to learn to be more creative and self reliant if you are to turn our adversities to opportunities because that is what government expects of you”. The Vice Chancellor said.

 

Zainab Sa’id