Friday, 7 April 2017

Buhari approves new Governing Council for UNILAG, ABU, UNIBEN, others


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. 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 Director, Press and Public Relations, Chinenye Ihuoma, to announce the reconstitution of the governing councils of 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 said 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 statement said.

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