The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, representing the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated the new Governing Council of the University of Ibadan and four other universities at a ceremony at the Auditorium of the National Universities Commission, Abuja.
In his speech, the Minister on Monday stressed that one of the challenges the Governing Councils should address during their tenure is the appointment of principal officers.
He instructed members to avoid undue external influences in the process of such appointments and be certain that proper attention and priority is given to relevant university laws and government guidelines.
He also urged that transparency, probity and due process must be followed in the selection and appointment methods to secure the emergence of the best candidates for the positions of principal officers.
The Minister said that “We have seen deviations in the recent past in this regard fuelled by the growing interest, external influences, including from political leaders, in the appointment of principal officials in our universities”
The Minister of Education urged the former Governor of Edo State and former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who is the Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Ibadan, and other Chairmen of Councils, to ensure stability, continuity and rebuild confidence and integrity in their various universities.
Malam Adamu stated that “As you are all aware, unnecessary conflicts can affect the smooth running of any institution. Clash of interests, values, actions or directions often ignite conflicts between Management and Governing Councils of tertiary institutions.”
He went further to caution that “The Ministry will not hesitate in recommending the dissolution of any Governing Council that is engulfed in persistent, unwarranted or self-inflicted crises.”
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke on behalf of other members of the five Governing Councils, said they would deliver their best to rejuvenate the university system in Nigeria.
Also at the occasion were the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola; Registrar, Mrs Olubunmi Faluyi and the Deputy Registrar (Council Affairs), Mr David Oyejide.