President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the appointments of Wale Babalakin, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and AVM Muktar Mohammed, as chairmen, Governing Councils of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Bayero University Kano (BUK), and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria respectively.
Buhari also approved the reconstitution of the boards of 19 agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education for a period of four years.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this in a statement issued by the ministry’s Press and Public Relations director, Chinenye Ihuoma, where he said the reconstitution of the governing councils affects 23 out of the 40 federal universities in the country.
Adamu, who also appointed Alhaji Isah Ashiru, and Dr. Jibril Oyekan as chairmen of the governing council of University of Benin (UNIBEN) and university of Ilorin (UNILORIN), said their appointment was for a period of four years.
The minister said the reconstitution does not affect the 12 new Federal Universities in Lokoja, Otuoke, Gashua, Dustin-ma, Oye-ekiti, Lafia, Gusau, Wukari, Kashere, Birnin-Kebbi, Duste, and Ndifu-Alike-Ikwo, established by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He noted that the institutions affected are those whose governing councils’ tenures had elapsed or would expire on April 9, 2017.
Pursuant to his powers under the laws establishing the federal universities in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the governing councils of 23 out of the 40 federal universities in the country for a period of four years, in the first instance. The institutions affected are those whose governing councils’ tenures have elapsed or would expire on April 9, 2017.
In making these appointments, Mr. President had taken cognizance of the requirements for membership into Governing Councils which include among others: a minimum of a university degree, high integrity, and commitment to educational development of the country as well as geographical spread in order to reflect federal character and foster sense of belonging.
The chairmen for the reconstituted governing councils include Chief Mike Olorunfemi UNN, Nsukka; Wale Babalakin, UNILAG; John Ofem, FUTO; Sen. Nkechi Justina Nworgu, UNICAL; Joshua Waklek, UI; Niniola Nimota Akanbi, ATBU; Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, BUK; J.N Waku, FUTA and Alh. Sani Maikudi, UNIABUJA, among others.
Those appointed as board chairmen include: Prof. Ayo Banjo, National Universities commission (NUC); Chief Emeka Nwajiuba, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund); Hon. Dr. Ekaete Obon Okon, National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA); Dr. Mahmud Mohammed, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC); Prof. Zainab Alkali, National Library of Nigeria (NLN); Dr. Abubakar Saddiq, National Examination Council (NECO); Dr. Gidado Bello Akko; National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC); Prof. Gidado Tahir, National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE); Prof. Leonard Karshima Shilgba, National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) and Prof. Adamu Baikie, Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Others are: Alh. Maigari Dingyadi, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE); Sen. Mallam Kaka Yale, National Teachers’ Institute (NTI); Prof. Buba Bajoga, National Mathematical Centre (NMC); Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB); Chief N. N Nnabuchi, National Institute of Nigerian Languages (NINLAN); Chief Paul Unongo, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC); Prof. Saliba Mukoro, Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV); Prof. Modupe Adelabu, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE); and Prof. O Oladusi, Nigerian Arabic Language Village (NALV).
The Boards, consisting of the chairmen and members, will be inaugurated on a date to be announced soon.