(VON)he Nigerian government has inaugurated two Governing Councils of the Universities of Port Harcourt, Rivers State and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ,Osun State
Inaugurating the Council Members in Abuja ,the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu identified governance and management as the two responsibilities of the Councils in the Universities.
Set up policies
Adamu stated that the Councils were to set policies and define directions as well as review, approve and monitor the university budget and evaluate its performances.
“As governing councils ,you are expected to play your roles with skill and efficiency, you should be bold,innovative and responsive,you are expected to provide the governance and the type of leadership that will stimulate rapid growth of the universities and make them more competitive and attractive,”the Minister said.
He urged the Council members to maintain appropriate and harmonious relationship with the management, senate and other statutory organs of the universities.
“I have no doubt that you will work very hard to build universities that will be exemplars of global best practices in teaching,learning and reasearch,” Adamu said.
Speaking on recent mismanagement in some universities in Nigeria,the Minister said this has raised serious questions about the quality of leadership in the institutions.
“A situation where Vice Chancellors and their Pro Chancellors would become regular visitors to EFCC and ICPC because of allegations of mismanagement, is very unhealthy to the system”he stated.
The Minister restated that the Nigerian government remained the proprietor of all federal universities and governing councils must receive their directives and briefs from the Federal Ministry of Education.
He said that the newly appointed government renegotiation team would soon be inaugurated to further engage the Unions in tertiary institutions on the re-negotiation of the FGN/ASUU 2OO9 Agreement.
Responding on behalf of the Governing Council members ,Professor Mvendega Jibo appreciated the opportunity to serve and said that the members hope to live up to expectations.
Call for synergy
He called for synergy between the Education Ministry and the National universities Commission.
“Universities everywhere are sensitive institutions, if properly run can contribute a lot to National development,” Professor Jibo stressed.
Professor Mvendega Jibo is Chairman of the governing council of University of Port Harcourt. He pledged loyalty and support.
The Governing Council member for Obafemi Awolowo University is Dr Yemi Ogunyemi.